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BACKGROUND Aberrant DNA methylation patterns might be used as a biomarker for diagnosis and management of cancer patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS To achieve a gene panel for developing a breast cancer blood-based test we quantitatively assessed the DNA methylation proportion of 248 CpG sites per sample (total of 31,248 sites in all analyzed samples) on 10(More)
BACKGROUND With the aim to simplify cancer management, cancer research lately dedicated itself more and more to discover and develop non-invasive biomarkers. In this connection, circulating cell-free DNA (ccf DNA) seems to be a promising candidate. Altered levels of ccf nuclear DNA (nDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) have been found in several cancer types(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the levels of circulating cell-free nuclear DNA and circulating cell-free mitochondrial DNA in patients with benign and malignant ovarian tumors using a gold-standard assay and to investigate whether quantitative alterations of the circulating cell-free species have values in the management of the patients. METHODS One hundred four(More)
Lynch syndrome, an autosomal dominant cancer predisposition caused by mutations in DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes, mainly mainly mutL homolog 1, OMIM 120436 (MLH1) and mutS homolog 2, OMIM 609309 (MSH2), encompasses a tumor spectrum including primarily gastrointestinal, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. This study aimed at clarifying the heavily debated(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated the performance of the placental alpha-microglobulin-1 immunoassay (AmniSure(®), AT) in cervicovaginal secretions in patients with uncertain rupture of membranes (ROM) and investigated the influence of the examiners experience. METHODS This prospective cohort study was performed in pregnant women (17-42 weeks of gestation) with signs(More)
It has recently been reported that high concentrations of circulating cell-free (ccf) nucleic acids in plasma and serum could be used as biomarkers for non-invasive monitoring a wide variety of malignant and benign proliferations and inflammatory conditions. Endometriosis is one of the most common benign gynaecological proliferations with inflammatory(More)
This study evaluated the impact of family history (FH) on tumor detection, the patient’s age and tumor size at diagnosis in breast cancer (BC). Furthermore, we investigated whether the impact of FH on these features was dependent on degree of relationship, number of relatives with a BC history, or the age of the affected relative at the time that her BC was(More)
Nowadays, women develop breast and ovarian cancer more and more early. Therefore, gynecologists and primary care physicians encounter the question, whether one of their patients has a genetic predisposition for cancer. They are crucial in initiating a referral for genetic counseling as well as in caring for high risk individuals coming up with questions(More)
In relation to the Swiss average our hospital has had a constant high rate of spontaneous deliveries and a low rate of cesarean sections. On the other hand the rate of obstetrical peridural anesthesia has been increasing significantly since 1986. This is above all related to its more frequent usage in cases of cervical dystocia and intolerable birth pain.(More)
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