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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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND The association between human papillomavirus (HPV) and overall survival (OS) in oropharynx cancer (OPC) was retrospectively examined in TAX 324, a phase III trial of sequential therapy for locally advanced head and neck cancer. METHODS Accrual for TAX 324 was completed in 2003 and data updated through 2008. Pretherapy tumor biopsies were(More)
A human mAb (HmAb) termed F105 was obtained by fusion of antibody-producing EBV-transformed cells with the HMMA2.11TG/O cell line. F105 is an IgG1 kappa antibody that binds to the surfaces of cells infected with all HIV-1 strains tested: MN, RF, IIIB, and SF2, but not uninfected cells. The HmAb immunoprecipitates GP120 from all four strains. F105 does not(More)
Inactivation of the FANC-BRCA pathway via promoter methylation of the FANCF gene renders cells sensitive to DNA crosslinking agents, and has been identified in ovarian cancer cell lines and sporadic primary tumor tissues. We investigated epigenetic alterations in the FANC-BRCA pathway in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) and non-small-cell lung(More)
UNLABELLED Patients treated with radiotherapy are prone to a constellation of local and systemic toxicities including mucositis, xerostomia, fatigue and anorexia. The biological complexities and similarities underlying the development of toxicities have recently been realized. Mucosal barrier injury is one of the best studied, and gene expression patterns,(More)