Nicola Mastrodonato

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BACKGROUND AND AIM Altered expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) hallmarks many cancer types. The study of the associations of miRNA expression profile and cancer phenotype could help identify the links between deregulation of miRNA expression and oncogenic pathways. METHODS Expression profiling of 866 human miRNAs in 19 colorectal and 17 pancreatic cancers(More)
BACKGROUND 5-fluorouracil-based adjuvant chemotherapy after surgical resection of colon cancer is standard treatment. However, the choice of best delivery route--that is, systemic (i.e., intravenous or oral) or regional (i.e., intraportal, intraperitoneal, or hepatic arterial infusion)--has been controversial. In a randomized clinical trial of patients with(More)
AIM To determine the frequency of local recurrence (LR) and distant recurrence (DR) with 5-year survival analysis. METHODS Patients with T3-T4 rectal cancer located within 10 cm from the anal verge. Radiotherapy protocol: 36 Gy, delivered in 12 daily doses of 3 Gy each for 5 days/week, followed by surgery after a 2-week break. RESULTS 263 patients were(More)
BACKGROUND The benefits of adjuvant radiotherapy in rectal carcinoma are well known. However, there is still considerable uncertainty about the optimal radiation treatment. There is an ongoing debate about the choice between very short treatments immediately followed by surgical resection and prolonged treatments with delayed surgery. In this paper, we(More)
BACKGROUND Genetics plays an important role in the susceptibility to sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC). In the last 10 years genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 40 independent low penetrance polymorphic variants. However, these loci only explain around 1‑4% of CRC heritability, highlighting the dire need of identifying novel risk(More)
From March, 1988, to October, 1993, fifty-six consecutive patients with rectal adenocarcinoma in clinical stage T3NxM0, underwent preoperative radiation therapy at the "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza" Hospital of San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy). The patients were treated with the four-field technique with 6 to 8 MV X photons on the pelvis. The dose given was(More)
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