René Schoenegg

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The status of the gene encoding human EGF-like receptor 2 (HER2) is an important prognostic and predictive marker in breast cancer. Only breast cancers with HER2 amplification respond to the targeted therapy with trastuzumab. It is controversial to what degree the primary tumour is representative of distant metastases in terms of HER2 status. Discrepancies(More)
BACKGROUND Malignant colorectal polyps are defined as endoscopically removed polyps with cancerous tissue which has invaded the submucosa. Various histological criteria exist for managing these patients. AIMS To determine the significance of histological findings of patients with malignant polyps. METHODS Five pathologists reviewed the specimens of 85(More)
BACKGROUND Distinction of malignant mesothelioma (MM) from reactive mesothelial cells (RM) in effusions is notoriously difficult. The aim of our study was to test chromosomal aberrations detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in the diagnosis of MM in effusion cytology and to explore the potential role of p16, p14, and p15 gene methylation as(More)
The current gold standard for the surveillance of Barrett’s esophagus is the Seattle four-quadrant biopsies protocol (4-QB). Using endoscopic brush cytology, this study prospectively investigated whether digital image cytometry (DICM) is of additional benefit over regular histology as a predictor for progression to high-grade dysplasia or cancer during a(More)
BACKGROUND Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is routinely used to help clarify atypical urinary cytology. However, to the authors' knowledge, little is known regarding the frequency of chromosomal aberrations in non-neoplastic conditions that could potentially lead to false-positive FISH results. The objective of the current study was to evaluate(More)
The category of equivocal respiratory cytology is a common diagnostic dilemma to both cytopathologists and clinicians. Chromosomal alterations are a hallmark of cancer but are rare or absent in benign conditions. The goal of this study was to test the ability of multitarget fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for dissecting equivocal respiratory(More)
Molecular markers reliably predicting failure or success of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) in the treatment of nonmuscle-invasive urothelial bladder cancer (NMIBC) are lacking. The aim of our study was to evaluate the value of cytology and chromosomal aberrations detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in predicting failure to BCG therapy.(More)
The aims of this study were first, to systematically assess the inter-observer reproducibility of mean Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) gene copy number (MCN) in histological and cytological specimens from lung and non-lung cancers, second to compare the performance of this quantitative approach to the current Colorado criteria for the assessment of(More)
Patients with achalasia or malignancies of the head and neck are at increased risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The discussion of a screening and surveillance program is controversial. The aim of the present study was to determine the diagnostic potential of Lugol chromoendoscopy combined with brush cytology to diagnose esophageal squamous cell(More)
BACKGROUND High-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection is associated with improved prognosis and a better response to treatment in patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). Brush cytology is a noninvasive method with which to collect cells from the surface of mucosal lesions. The objective of the current study was to assess the(More)