Melinda Jacobs

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Many coho salmon stocks (Oncorhynchus kisutch) have been in decline during the past three decades. Canada’s most endangered salmon stock, the Thompson River coho salmon, is being studied extensively as managers attempt to reverse these population declines. Investigators are using acoustic telemetry to track the migratory behaviour and survival of the(More)
PURPOSE Unresectable squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN) continue to pose a significant therapeutic challenge. This report defines the toxicities, efficacy, and prognostic factors associated with the combination of carboplatin (CBDCA), paclitaxel, and once-daily radiation for patients with locally advanced disease. Additionally, the(More)
This paper proposes a new way of looking into the „sociality‟ of social (network) games. On the basis of looking closely at the development of Frontierville, a popular Facebook game, and more abstractly at the development of its fellow Zynga Facebook-based games (such as Farmville or Cityville), we argue that various network-based forms of participatory(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to determine prognostic factors for response and survival on three consecutive institutional trials utilizing concurrent chemotherapy and radiation for locally advanced squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN). METHODS Since 1985, patients with locally advanced SCCHN at the University of Maryland(More)
Disease relapse occurs in 50% or more of patients who are autografted for relapsed or refractory lymphoma (NHL) or Hodgkin's disease (HD). The administration of non-cross-resistant therapies during the post-transplant phase could possibly control residual disease and delay or prevent its progression. To test this approach, 55 patients with(More)
Despite the use of aggressive surgery and radiotherapy, patients with locoregionally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck continue to suffer poor local control and poor survival. Chemotherapy produces excellent regressions of locoregional disease when given as part of initial induction therapy. The use of chemoradiotherapy for regionally(More)
Although retinoids show promise for prevention of second primary upper aerodigestive tract tumors, the optimum retinoid, dose, and schedule are unknown. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) has greater affinity for retinoic acid receptors and may be more active than other retinoids but has a shorter plasma half life and may up-regulate its own metabolism. We(More)
The prognosis of patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SQC) of the head and neck (H&N) depends on the primary site and anatomical extent of the disease. Recurrence rates after conventional surgery (S) and/or radiotherapy (RT) remain low for localized tumors, whereas in advanced loco-regional disease they occur in over 60% of all cases. Several combinations(More)
The higher the T and N stages at diagnosis of head and neck cancer, the lower the proportion of patients who achieve complete, durable local control and the lower the survival. These cancers and their treatments often produce considerable anatomic distortion, affecting function, nutritional status, and appearance. New treatment approaches for locally and(More)