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BACKGROUND A randomized phase 3 trial of the treatment of squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck compared induction chemotherapy with docetaxel plus cisplatin and fluorouracil (TPF) with cisplatin and fluorouracil (PF), followed by chemoradiotherapy. METHODS We randomly assigned 501 patients (all of whom had stage III or IV disease with no distant(More)
OBJECTIVES Assess impact of sequential chemoradiation therapy (SCRT) for advanced head and neck cancer (HNCA) on swallowing, nutrition, and quality of life. STUDY DESIGN Prospective cohort study of 59 patients undergoing SCRT for advanced head and neck cancer. Follow-up median was 47.5 months. SETTING Regional Cancer Center. RESULTS Median time to(More)
The burden of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) is greater for blacks than for whites, especially in oropharyngeal cases. We previously showed retrospectively that disease-free survival was significantly greater in white than in black SCCHN patients treated with chemoradiation, the greatest difference occurring in the oropharyngeal(More)
BACKGROUND Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) seropositivity and alcohol and tobacco use have been associated with risk of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). However, it is less clear whether HPV16 influences HNSCC risk associated with alcohol and tobacco use. METHODS Incident cases of HNSCC diagnosed between December 1999 and December 2003(More)
BACKGROUND The relative efficacy of the addition of induction chemotherapy to chemoradiotherapy compared with chemoradiotherapy alone for patients with head and neck cancer is unclear. The PARADIGM study is a multicentre open-label phase 3 study comparing the use of docetaxel, cisplatin, and fluorouracil (TPF) induction chemotherapy followed by concurrent(More)
Promoter methylation is an important pathway in transcriptional silencing of known and candidate tumor suppressor genes in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). In order to study the association of tumor suppressor gene promoter methylation in HNSCC with patient clinical characteristics, especially alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking, we(More)
Total and filterable platinum in plasma were monitored for seven courses (five patients, 25 mg/m2/day) using continuous 5-day infusions and one 30-minute infusion at a similar dose level (120 mg/m2). Maximum filterable (non-protein-bound) platinum levels (0.1-0.3 mg/L) for the extended infusions were ten to 40 times lower than that for the short-term(More)
BACKGROUND Swallowing dysfunction is a common side effect of chemoradiation. METHODS Twelve patients with stage III or IV squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck were enrolled. Videofluorographic swallowing studies were performed before initiation of chemoradiation to provide baseline swallowing function data. Postchemoradiation videofluorographic(More)
Squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN) is associated with production of pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic cytokines. We hypothesized that cytokine serum levels will correlate with tumor volume and aggressiveness. We investigated interleukin-8 (IL-8), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in(More)
The cellular constituents in lymph nodes and spleens of patients with Hodgkin's disease were studied with a series of monoclonal antibodies directed against human thymocyte, peripheral T-cell, and la antigens. Utilizing both an immunoperoxidase technique on frozen tissue sections and indirect immunofluorescence on cell suspensions, wer found that a majority(More)