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Prognostic factors in patients who are diagnosed with T4 breast carcinomas are widely awaited. We here evaluated the clinical role of some molecular alterations involved in tumorigenesis in a well-characterized cohort of T4 breast cancer patients with a long follow-up period. A consecutive series of 53 patients with T4 breast carcinoma was enrolled between(More)
A large proportion of human tumors show deregulated expression of a variety of proteins that play a crucial role in the execution of the apoptotic program. Survivin belongs to the family of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins which were originally identified in baculoviruses. Ectopic expression of survivin conveys resistance to apoptosis to a variety of(More)
After a timing preoperative staging, treatment of resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) includes surgery and adjuvant therapies, the former representing the initial therapeutic option and the latter aiming to reduce the incidence of both distant metastases (chemotherapy) and locoregional failures (chemoradiotherapy). Herein, we provide a critical(More)
Mechanisms of acquired resistance to trastuzumab-based treatment in gastric cancer are largely unknown. In this study, we analyzed 22 pairs of tumor samples taken at baseline and post-progression in patients receiving chemotherapy and trastuzumab for advanced HER2-positive [immunohistochemistry (IHC) 3+ or 2+ with in-situ hybridization (ISH) amplification](More)
BACKGROUND The potential clinical impact of aspirin use beyond its canonical indications is a novel matter of scientific debate. In patients with metastatic colorectal cancer failing all available options, regorafenib and TAS 102 represent the only chance of treatment. Although effective, these therapeutic options bring along a not-negligible burden in(More)
Polymorphisms in the excision repair cross-complimentary group 1 (ERCC1) gene have been involved in the prognosis of various cancers. In the present study, we evaluated the prognostic role of the two most common ERCC1 polymorphisms in patients with T4 breast cancer receiving platinum-based chemotherapy. A total of 47 patients with T4 breast cancer(More)
OBJECTIVE Thyroid dysfunction has been reported during Regorafenib (Reg) administration, but no detailed study is presently available. DESIGN Prospective, observational cohort study. Patients with documented metastatic colorectal cancer and progression of disease during or within 3 months after the last standard therapy, with no evidence and history of(More)
Although the number of therapeutic options targeting tumour angiogenesis is becoming increasingly relevant, the question of the optimal choice for second-line anti-angiogenic inhibition in combination with chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer patients remains largely unanswered. In fact the lack of head to head comparison between consolidated(More)
Background:The data from randomised trials suggested that primary tumour sidedness could represent a prognostic and predictive factor in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, particularly during treatment with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapy. However, an in-deep molecular selection might overcome the predictive role of primary tumour(More)
INTRODUCTION Although epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors have progressively become a relevant therapeutic arm in the treatment of patients with advanced colorectal cancer, the responses achieved are not durable and resistance invariably occurs. The advances in sequencing technology have allowed not only a more profound molecular tumor(More)