Thomas Burkhead

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Oral mucositis is a frequent side effect of cancer therapy. No effective method of prophylaxis is currently available. We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of pentoxifylline to evaluate its potential in preventing mucositis in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Ten cancer patients were randomized for treatment(More)
Delay between blood collection and immunophenotyping of peripheral blood (PB) and umbilical cord blood (UCB) lymphocytes occurs frequently. Holding media address this problem, but there are few reports of their limitations. We tested the ability of Cyto-Chex (CC) to preserve the ability of lymphocyte subpopulations to be immunophenotyped after time delays.(More)
Detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from patient blood samples offers a desirable alternative to invasive tissue biopsies for screening of malignant carcinomas. A rigorous CTC detection method must identify CTCs from millions of other formed elements in blood and distinguish them from healthy tissue cells also present in the blood. CTCs are known to(More)
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