Simona Allis

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Changes in taste perception occur in a significant proportion of cancer patients. Among cancer patients treated with radiotherapy (RT) in head and neck area, the vast majority reports an altered taste sense during and after treatments. Taste impairment starts a few weeks after the beginning of irradiation, and almost all such patients experienced loss of(More)
AIM AND BACKGROUND Radiotherapy is the conventional treatment for locally advanced inoperable head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. However, the poor therapeutic results justify the development of radiochemotherapy combinations. In an attempt to improve local control and survival in patients with stage III and IV unresectable head and neck squamous cell(More)
Accurate patient setup is a prerequisite for conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) and is based on various methods, including surface imaging systems. To evaluate the validity of a surface imaging system (AlignRT), we analysed setup reproducibility of a cohort of patients. Nineteen patients affected by prostate adenocarcinoma were enrolled in this study. We(More)
This study aimed to assess, in a department of radiation oncology not equipped with in-room imaging systems, volumetric and positional changes of planning target volumes (PTVs) and organs at risk in head and neck (H&N) cancer patients treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), using consecutive off-board computed tomography (CT) imaging.(More)
Ewing's sarcomas and peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumors (ES/PNETs) are high grade malignant neoplasms. These malignancies are characterized by a chromosome 22 rearrangement, arise from bone or soft tissue, predominantly affect children and young adults, and are grouped in the Ewing family of tumors. Multimodality treatment programs are the(More)
Primary systemic therapy is not only used in patients with locally advanced inoperable non-metastatic breast cancer but also for operable stage II and III cancer aimed at breast conservation. The indications for local-regional radiotherapy for patients who receive primary systemic therapy are still evolving. The purpose of this article is to provide a(More)
Extramedullary haemopoiesis (EMH) is a complication commonly associated with beta-thalassaemia intermedia; it is frequently asymptomatic but can sometimes lead to symptomatic tumour-like masses. No guidelines or common consensus are available in literature regarding the different treatment strategies and only single cases have been reported. We describe a(More)
Object: The therapeutic options for advanced laryngeal-hypopharyngeal cancer have broadened in the last decades, in the attempt to cure the cancer sparing laryngeal functions and to improve quality of life (functional surgery, chemoradiotherapy, combined therapy). Methods: We propose a single-centre based retrospective study on the results of the treatment(More)