Thomas K Zaramboukas

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BACKGROUND Concomitant administration of radiation therapy (RT) and chemotherapy with cisplatin (CCRT) is considered standard treatment in patients with locally advanced nasopharyngeal cancer (LA-NPC). The role of induction chemotherapy (IC) when followed by CCRT in improving locoregional control remains controversial. PATIENTS AND METHODS Totally, 141(More)
PURPOSE A high frequency of head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCC) contain constitutively activated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3). To further elucidate the prognostic role of STAT3 in HNSCC, the expression pattern of STAT3 was correlated with outcome in two independent data sets. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN STAT3 protein(More)
Purpose: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) overexpression correlates with recurrence and with treatment resistance in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship of EGFR gene copy number utilizing FISH and protein expression with automated quantitative analysis (AQUA) and to correlate those(More)
BACKGROUND Coexistence of gastrointestinal stromal tumor with synchronous or metachronous colorectal cancer represents a phenomenon with increasing number of relative reports in the last 5 years. Synchronous occurence of GISTs with other gastrointestinal tumors of different histogenesis presents a special interest. We herein report a case of GIST in(More)
Schwannoma originating from the vagus nerve within the mediastinum is a rare, usually benign tumor. A 44-year old male was presented with chest pain. Chest radiography, CT scan and MRI showed a well circumscribed mass, 5 x 4 cm located in the aortopulmonary window. The mass was found at surgery to be in close proximity with the aortic arch and the left(More)
BACKGROUND Elucidating the molecular phenotype of cancers with high metastatic potential will facilitate the development of novel therapeutic approaches to the disease. Gene expression profiles link epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype with high-risk HNSCC. We sought to determine the role of protein biomarkers of EMT in head and neck(More)
A 41-year-old patient with a primary angiosarcoma of the brain is reported. The tumor was located in the left parietal lobe and was radically removed. The diagnosis of angiosarcoma was established by immunohistochemistry. The patient was postoperatively treated with adjuvant chemotherapy and then radiation therapy. After 41 months, she was in excellent(More)
Intraspinal extradural lipomas, not associated with spinal dysraphism, are rare lesions. True adult lipomas have to be distinguished from angiolipomas and from epidural lipomatosis. The authors report a unique case of a patient with unilateral lumbar nerve root compression caused by extradural, intraforaminal, true adult lipoma. A 62-year-old woman suffered(More)
BACKGROUND The PI3K-AKT pathway is frequently activated in breast cancer. PIK3CA mutations are most frequently found in the helical (exon 9) and kinase (exon 20) domains of this protein. The aim of the present study was to examine the role of different types of PIK3CA mutations in combination with molecular biomarkers related to PI3K-AKT signaling in(More)
A 77-year-old man had sigmoidectomy for sigmoid colon cancer. Two years later, a right hepatectomy for a liver metastasis was performed. Two years thereafter, abdominal computed tomography scanning and FDG-PET showed the right adrenal mass. Right adrenalectomy was performed with a diagnosis of solitary adrenal metastasis from sigmoid colon cancer. On(More)