Neil Alan Fenske

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Background: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive cutaneous tumor with a propensity for local recurrence, regional and distant metastases. There are no well-defined prognostic factors that predict behavior of this tumor, nor are treatment guidelines well established. Methods: Staging of patients with a new diagnosis of MCC was attempted using(More)
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer, with basal cell carcinoma being the most common. However, some argue that an actinic keratosis should be considered as an SCC that is superficial.1 If so, then SCC could be considered the most common type of skin cancer. The tumor typically appears as a papule or nodule, with(More)
CONTEXT For most solid tumors, the metastatic status of regional lymph nodes is the strongest predictor of relapse and survival. However, routine pathological examination of lymph nodes may underestimate the number of patients with melanoma who have nodal metastases. OBJECTIVE To determine the clinical significance of a highly sensitive molecular assay(More)
Solar-induced cutaneous changes are more prevalent and profound in older persons and, thus, are often inappropriately attributed to the aging process, per se. Structural and functional alterations caused by intrinsic aging and independent of environmental insults are now recognized in the skin of elderly individuals. Structurally the aged epidermis likely(More)
Two patients are described in whom a progressive systemic sclerosis-like illness developed several years after silicone augmentation mammoplasty. Both had removal of breast implants, followed by marked-to-complete recovery from clinical abnormalities. This entity is increasingly recognized and has become known as human adjuvant disease.
Primary mucosal melanomas are rare, biologically aggressive neoplasms. The distribution of head and neck, female genital tract, anal/rectal, and urinary tract sites is 55.4%, 18.0%, 23.8%, and 2.8%, respectively. The median age at presentation is the seventh decade, and women are given the diagnosis more frequently than men. Unfortunately, most afflicted(More)
BACKGROUND Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV) DNA has been reported in 0% to 25% of squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) occurring in immunocompetent individuals. We conducted the first serologic case-control study of MCV and SCC. METHODS Patients with histologically confirmed cutaneous SCC (n = 173) were recruited from a university dermatology clinic. Controls(More)
BACKGROUND Merkel cell carcinoma is an uncommon malignancy of the skin that often portends a poor prognosis. Since its first description by Toker in 1972, a plethora of case reports and articles regarding the etiopathogenesis and treatment have been published spanning multiple medical and surgical disciplines. Much confusion still exists regarding the(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the order of melanoma nodal metastases. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Most solid tumors are thought to demonstrate a random nodal metastatic pattern. The incidence of skip nodal metastases precluded the use of sampling procedures of first station nodal basins to achieve adequate pathological staging. Malignant(More)
BACKGROUND The sentinel lymph node (SLN), the first node draining the primary tumor site, has been shown to reflect the histologic features of the remainder of the lymphatic basin in patients with melanoma. Intraoperative localization of the SLN, first proposed by Morton and colleagues, has been accomplished with the use of a vital blue dye mapping(More)