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Most presently known breast cancer susceptibility genes have been linked to DSB repair. To identify novel markers that may serve as indicators for breast cancer risk, we performed DSB repair analyses using a case-control design. Thus, we examined 35 women with defined familial history of breast and/or ovarian cancer (first case group), 175 patients with(More)
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common female cancer in the Western world, and the deadliest gynecological malignancy. The overall poor prognosis for ovarian cancer patients is a consequence of aggressive biological behavior and a lack of adequate diagnostic tools for early detection. In fact, approximately 70% of all patients with epithelial ovarian(More)
Obese breast cancer patients have worse prognosis than normal weight patients, but the level at which obesity is prognostically unfavorable is unclear. This retrospective analysis was performed using data from the SUCCESS A trial, in which 3754 patients with high-risk early breast cancer were randomized to anthracycline- and taxane-based chemotherapy with(More)
Copy number variations (CNVs) encompass a variety of genetic alterations including deletions and amplifications and cluster in regions of the human genome with intrinsic instability. Small-sized CNVs can act as initial genetic changes giving rise to larger CNVs such as acquired somatic copy number aberrations (CNAs) promoting cancer formation. Previous(More)
Dysfunction of homologous recombination is a common denominator of changes associated with breast cancer-predisposing mutations. In our previous work, we identified a functional signature in peripheral blood lymphocytes from women who were predisposed that indicated a shift from homologous recombination to alternative, error-prone DNA double-strand break(More)
OBJECTIVES Inguinal lymphadenectomy in vulvar malignancies is associated with significant morbidity, especially in patients over 70 years old. Under certain conditions, surgical guidelines recommend biopsy and evaluation of the sentinel node in early vulvar cancer. The purpose of our study is to evaluate ultrasonography as a predictor of inguinal lymph node(More)
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