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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common condition and represents a lethal disease, following a sequential progression from adenoma to carcinoma. Interfering with such natural history of CRC offers clues to prevention and cure, but current screening methods for CRC are still limited by unsatisfactory sensitivity and specificity. Novel diagnostic, prognostic(More)
BACKGROUND An effective screening tool for colorectal cancer is still lacking. Analysis of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) linked to cancer is a new frontier in cancer screening, as tumour growth involves several metabolic changes leading to the production of specific compounds that can be detected in exhaled breath. This study investigated whether(More)
Analysis of the volatile part of the metabolome (volatile organic compounds, VOC) present in the gas phase of excreted materials is a promising new screening tool for several cancers, including colorectal cancer (CRC). The VOC signature can reflect health status, like a 'fingerprint', and can be modified in several diseases. Technical difficulties still(More)
OBJECTIVES The APC gene mutation triggers familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and approximately 80% of sporadic colorectal cancers. FAP summarizes the natural history of colorectal cancer because low- and high-grade dysplastic lesions and adenocarcinoma are simultaneously present in the same patients free from individual and environmental variability(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine whether the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) pattern in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients is modified by curative surgery for a potential application in the oncologic follow-up. BACKGROUND CRC has been proved to induce metabolic derangements detectable by high through-output techniques in exhaled breath(More)
AIM Abnormalities of one pelvic floor compartment are usually associated with anomalies in the other compartments. Therapies which specifically address one clinical problem may potentially adversely affect other pelvic floor activities. A new comprehensive holistic scoring system defining global pelvic function is presented. METHOD A novel scoring system(More)
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is still one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in Western countries, despite major improvements in its treatment. The dramatically high social and economic impact of CRC on human health makes the identification of a reliable screening tool of paramount importance. Current screening methods, such as the fecal occult blood(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to explore the potential role of deranged fecal microRNA (miRNA) pattern as a reliable warning signal of colorectal cancer (CRC), a subset of fecal CRC-related miRNAs was evaluated in CRC patients, before and after surgery, and in healthy controls. METHODS Twenty CRC patients and 20 age/sex-matched healthy volunteers(More)