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PURPOSE Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA tumors actively integrating the E6 and E7 oncogenes have a distinct biologic behavior resulting in a more favorable prognosis. To which extent the viral integration by itself, and/or the associated wild-type (wt) TP53 status, and/or a functional p16 contribute to prognosis is unclear. PATIENTS AND METHODS To clarify(More)
PURPOSE To describe the outcome of patients with nonmetastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated with conventional radiotherapy at a single institution. METHODS AND MATERIALS From 1990 to 1999, 171 consecutive patients with NPC were treated with conventional (two-dimensional) radiotherapy. Tumor histology was undifferentiated in 82% of cases.(More)
EGFR overexpression in salivary gland carcinomas provides the rational for the investigation of anti-EGFR treatments in recurrent and/or metastatic salivary gland cancers (RMSGCs). The activity of cetuximab in terms of clinical benefit rate (CBR) defined as the occurrence of objective response (CR or PR) or stable disease (SD) for >or=6months was(More)
BACKGROUND Head and neck soft tissue sarcomas (STS) represent a rare disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred and sixty-seven patients underwent surgery at our institution with an eradicating intent between 1990 and 2010. Local recurrence (LR), distant metastasis (DM) and disease-specific mortality (DSM) incidence were studied along with(More)
PURPOSE To find out if TP53 functional status predicts response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and thus may be helpful during treatment decision making of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We analyzed the predictive value of TP53 mutations and their functional status on the basis of the transactivation activity of p53(More)
Anatomists and surgeons have underestimated the importance of understanding the anatomic connective frame of the inframammary region. The submammary fold does not originate as a self-governing unit but depends on breast mould and on a fine superficial fascial system suspension. The authors investigated the inframammary fold anatomy and subcutaneous breast(More)
Thirty patients with distal ulcerative colitis in remission (17 proctitis, 13 proctosigmoiditis) were randomly given either 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) or placebo suppositories, 400 mg bid. During the 1-yr follow-up, patients were assessed clinically every month, and flexible sigmoidoscopy with a rectal pinch biopsy specimen and laboratory data were(More)
PURPOSE Prognosis of patients with advanced oral cavity cancer is worth improving. Chemotherapy has been reported to be especially active in oral cavity tumors. Here we repeat the results of a randomized, multicenter trial enrolling patients with a resectable, stage T2-T4 (> 3 cm), N0-N2, M0 untreated, squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity. PATIENTS(More)
Salivary gland carcinomas (SGCs) are rare tumors encompassing a wide spectrum of histologic/biologic entities. Standard non-surgical treatments are ineffective in case of advanced disease. Our aim was to analyze SGCs deregulation gene profiles that could become target for innovative treatment options. Samples from 139 patients with primary, recurrent and/or(More)
Extended manned space missions will require regenerative life support techniques. Past U.S. manned missions used nonregenerative expendables, except for a molecular sieve-based carbon dioxide removal system aboard Skylab. The resupply penalties associated with expendables becomes prohibitive as crew size and mission duration increase. The U.S. Space(More)