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BACKGROUND Gene expression studies have identified distinct breast cancer subtypes, including luminal A, luminal B, Her2-enriched, and Basal-like, which differ in survival. The impact of subtypes on locoregional recurrence (LRR) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for locally advanced breast cancer is unknown. METHODS A total of 149 patients with stage II and(More)
BACKGROUND The follow-up of patients with cutaneous melanoma is controversial. Current recommendations suggest routine history and physical examination every 3 to 6 months for the first 3 years and correlate studies including laboratory tests and radiographic imaging. However, the utility of these recommendations are unclear. The purpose of this study was(More)
EBV DNA is found within the malignant cells of 10% of gastric cancers. Modern molecular technology facilitates identification of virus-related biochemical effects that could assist in early diagnosis and disease management. In this study, RNA expression profiling was performed on 326 macrodissected paraffin-embedded tissues including 204 cancers and, when(More)
BACKGROUND Retrieval of fewer than 10 lymph nodes at axillary dissection (ALND) for breast cancer can represent anatomic variation or inadequate dissection. We postulated that despite aggressive ALND, a lower lymph node count is more frequent after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS Patients who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by ALND were(More)
INTRODUCTION Although diabetic patients with rectal cancer have poorer outcomes than their nondiabetic counterparts, few studies have looked at diabetics' response to therapy as an explanation for this disparity. This study compares the neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) response in diabetic and nondiabetic patients with locally advanced rectal cancers. (More)
This study assesses the usefulness of the omentum in the reconstruction of complex perineal defects, following abdominoperineal resection or pelvic exenteration, for anorectal malignancy. Between 2000 and 2008, 70 patients (mean age: 59 years) with anorectal malignancy underwent abdominoperineal resection (n = 57) or pelvic exenteration (n = 13) and were(More)
PURPOSE Standard of care treatment for most stage I rectal cancers is total mesorectal excision (TME). Given the morbidity associated with TME, local excision (LE) for early-stage rectal cancer has been explored. This study examines practice patterns and overall survival (OS) for early-stage rectal cancer. METHODS All patients in the National Cancer Data(More)
BACKGROUND In 1968, Burrington first described use of the reverse gastric tube esophagoplasty for esophageal replacement in children with esophageal atresia or acquired stenosis. There are few documented cases of long-term follow-up of these patients. CASE REPORT We describe a 41-year-old female who presented with progressive dysphagia 40 years after(More)
PURPOSE Recurrence risk assessment to make treatment decisions for early-stage colon cancer patients is a major unmet medical need. The aim of this retrospective multicenter study was to evaluate the clinical utility of guanylyl cyclase C (GCC) mRNA levels in lymph nodes on colon cancer recurrence. METHODS The proportion of lymph nodes with GCC-positive(More)