Mariacristina Di Marco

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is the fourth cause of death in the Western world. Surgery remains the only treatment offering an advantage in terms of overall survival (5-year survival range, 15-25%), but unfortunately only 10-20% of patients present resectable disease at the time of diagnosis. Hence chemotherapy, possibly combined with radiation therapy,(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study is to evaluate the usefulness of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in resectable pancreatic cancer. METHODS A single-center RCT of patients affected by resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma which included arm A (surgery alone) and arm B (neoadjuvant chemoradiation and surgery). The primary endpoint was R0 resection; the(More)
BACKGROUND Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) is the most common cystic preneoplastic lesion of pancreatic cancer. We used an approach coupling high resolution cytogenetic analysis (Affymetrix Oncoscan FFPE Array) with clinically-oriented bioinformatic interpretation of data to understand the most relevant alterations of precursor lesions at(More)
Exocrine pancreatic cancer is the fifth cause of cancer-related death in Europe and carries a very poor prognosis for all disease stages. To date no medical treatment has significantly increased patients' survival. One of the reasons for pancreatic cancer's chemoresistence is the complex tumor architecture: cancer cells are surrounded by a dense(More)
The aim of the current study was to implement whole transcriptome massively parallel sequencing (RNASeq) and copy number analysis to investigate the molecular biology of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Samples from 16 patients with PDAC were collected by ultrasound‑guided biopsy or from surgical specimens for DNA and RNA extraction. All samples(More)
OBJECTIVES Resistance to gemcitabine is one of the main causes of treatment failure in pancreatic cancer. Compelling evidences have shown the involvement of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) activation in such phenomenon. The protease inhibitor gabexate mesilate has been shown to inhibit NF-κB. We here investigated if combined treatment with this drug could improve(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most lethal malignancies with a five-year survival rate of approximately 5%. Several target agents have been tested in PDAC, but almost all have failed to demonstrate efficacy in late phase clinical trials, despite the better understanding of PDAC molecular biology generated by large cancer sequencing(More)
We describe a case of clinical benefit and partial response with gemcitabine and oxaliplatin (GEMOX) in a young patient with ovarian metastasis from cystadenocarcinoma of the pancreas. A young woman complained of abdominal pain and constipation. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging scans disclosed two bilateral ovarian masses with(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of the risk factors proposed by Fukuoka guidelines in detecting malignancy of branch-duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. METHOD Diagnostic meta-analysis of cohort studies. A systematic literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, Scopus, and the ISI-Web of Science(More)