Sharon A. Spencer

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BACKGROUND Previous results from our phase 3 randomised trial showed that adding cetuximab to primary radiotherapy increased overall survival in patients with locoregionally advanced squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck (LASCCHN) at 3 years. Here we report the 5-year survival data, and investigate the relation between cetuximab-induced rash and(More)
PURPOSE The optimal fractionation schedule for radiotherapy of head and neck cancer has been controversial. The objective of this randomized trial was to test the efficacy of hyperfractionation and two types of accelerated fractionation individually against standard fractionation. METHODS AND MATERIALS Patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy of a chimeric anti-epidermal growth factor receptor monoclonal antibody, cetuximab, in combination with radiation therapy (RT) in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. PATIENTS AND METHODS We treated 16 patients in five successive treatment schedules. A standard(More)
PURPOSE Tobacco smoking is associated with oropharynx cancer survival, but to what extent cancer progression or death increases with increasing tobacco exposure is unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with oropharynx cancer enrolled onto a phase III trial of radiotherapy from 1991 to 1997 (Radiation Therapy Oncology Group [RTOG] 9003) or of(More)
BACKGROUND Our objectives were to determine the incidence of acute and late toxicities and to estimate the 2-year overall survival for patients treated with reirradiation and chemotherapy for unresectable squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). METHODS Patients with recurrent squamous cell carcinoma or a second primary arising in a(More)
PURPOSE The use of altered fractionation radiotherapy (RT) regimens, as well as concomitant chemotherapy and RT, to intensify therapy for locally advanced head-and-neck cancer can lead to increased rates of long-term dysphagia. METHODS AND MATERIALS We identified 122 patients who had undergone definitive RT for locally advanced head-and-neck cancer, after(More)
Mucosal melanoma (MM) is an aggressive and clinically complex malignancy made more challenging by its relative rarity. Because of the rarity of MM as a whole, and because of the unique biology and clinical challenges of MM arising from each anatomic location, understanding of this disease and its optimal management remains limited. The impact of various(More)
PURPOSE Preoperative and immediate postoperative irradiation of traumatic acetabular fractures (TAF), although known to reduce heterotopic ossification (HO), can cause significant organizational and logistic difficulties. We sought to determine an acceptable time interval between surgery and radiation without compromising control, as well as to update our(More)
A search for c-Abl interacting proteins resulted in the recovery of PSTPIP1, originally identified as a binding protein of the PEST-type protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTP). PSTPIP1 was phosphorylated by c-Abl, and growth factor-induced PSTPIP1 phosphorylation was diminished in Abl null fibroblasts. PSTPIP1 was able to bridge c-Abl to the PEST-type PTPs.(More)