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Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is a novel treatment for recurrent or in-transit unresectable melanoma metastases based on the administration of anti-neoplastic drugs followed by cancer cell electroporation. Whether ECT can also induce anti-tumour immunity is unclear. We addressed this issue investigating the presence of dendritic cells (DCs) in the inflammatory(More)
We have used a multidimensional non-linear laser imaging approach to visualize ex-vivo samples of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). A combination of several non-linear laser imaging techniques involving fluorescence lifetime, multispectral two-photon and second-harmonic generation imaging has been used to image different skin layers. This approach has elucidated(More)
The association of contiguous or 'collision' tumours in the same biopsy specimen is not uncommon and is often reported in the literature. The most common association, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and naevus, is very difficult to diagnose clinically. We describe a 38-year-old woman with a previous history of melanoma, who presented with a modified pigmented(More)
We investigated different kinds of human ex-vivo skin samples by combined two-photon intrinsic fluorescence (TPE), second-harmonic generation microscopy (SHG), fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), and multispectral two-photon emission detection (MTPE). Morphological and spectroscopic differences were found between healthy and pathological skin(More)
BACKGROUND In dermoscopy, the presence of regression areas is generally associated with melanocytic lesions and is often considered a clue of malignancy. However, some lesions included in the differential diagnosis of melanoma may show dermoscopic regression parameters. Regression may indeed be one of the most confounding dermoscopic parameters because it(More)
Pigmented skin lesions are among the most common skin lesions. Among them, melanocytic proliferations are morphologically diverse and their behavior may be difficult to discern with certainty. Researchers must be able to distinguish melanocytic from nonmelanocytic pigmented skin lesions and, in particular, benign from malignant lesions. The majority of(More)
AIM To evaluate the effectiveness of a silicone gel in treating surgical wounds compared with a control group of the same phenotype and same scar site for which a placebo was advised. METHODS This was a randomized controlled trial, carried out in a dermatology department of a university hospital. In total, we studied 110 patients (55 men, 55 women) who(More)
Experimental findings suggest that granulocyte-monocyte-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) synergistically interacts with interleukin-2 (IL-2) in generating an efficient antigen-specific immune response. We evaluated the toxicity, antitumour activity and immunobiological effects of human recombinant (hr)-GM-CSF and hr-IL-2 in 25 cancer patients who(More)
Leiomyosarcomas are rare malignant tumors of smooth muscles. Superficial leiomyosarcoma is generally a disease of middle age, most frequently encountered between 40 and 60 years of age. It is usually diagnosed late or misdiagnosed, since it is a very rare tumor of the head and neck. Awareness of the particularly misleading features of this tumor, especially(More)