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BACKGROUND L1 cell adhesion molecule (L1CAM) expression has been implicated as risk factor for disease recurrence in endometrial cancer (EC), most likely due to its role in promoting tumour cell motility. We tested the performance of L1CAM expression in predicting the risk of recurrence in the randomised post operative radiation therapy in endometrial(More)
BACKGROUND After surgery for intermediate-risk endometrial carcinoma, the vagina is the most frequent site of recurrence. This study established whether vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) is as effective as pelvic external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) in prevention of vaginal recurrence, with fewer adverse effects and improved quality of life. METHODS In this(More)
BACKGROUND The fundamental principle of oncologic surgery is the complete resection of malignant cells. However, small tumors are often difficult to find during surgery using conventional techniques. The objectives of this study were to determine if optical imaging, using a contrast agent already approved for other indications, could improve hepatic(More)
PURPOSE We hypothesized that T-cell immune interaction affects tumor development and thus clinical outcome. Therefore, we examined the clinical impact of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I tumor cell expression and regulatory T-cell (Treg) infiltration in breast cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Our study population (N = 677) is consisted of all early breast(More)
Nonclassical HLAs, HLA-E and HLA-G, are known to affect clinical outcome in various tumor types. We examined the clinical impact of HLA-E and HLA-G expression in early breast cancer patients, and related the results to tumor expression of classical HLA class I. Our study population (n = 677) consisted of all early breast cancer patients primarily treated(More)
Overexpression of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) as a result of HER2 gene amplification is associated with a relatively poor prognosis in breast cancer and is predictive of HER2-targeting therapy response. False-positive rates of up to 20% for HER2 testing have been described. HER2-testing laboratories are therefore encouraged to(More)
BACKGROUND Tumour stroma ratio (TSR) in histological sections of resected oesophageal adenocarcinomas proved to be a prognostic factor for patients' survival. The objectives of this study were to assess inter- and intraobserver agreement for TSR scoring on biopsy material and to validate these biopsy results with the results derived from surgical specimens.(More)
BACKGROUND Alterations in synthesis and breakdown of extracellular matrix components play a role in acute rejection after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are capable of degrading basement membranes and are involved in the process of tissue remodelling in inflammation and liver fibrosis. METHODS We examined MMP-2(More)
PURPOSE In 2000, the results of the multicenter Post Operative Radiation Therapy in Endometrial Carcinoma (PORTEC) trial were published. This trial included 714 Stage I endometrial carcinoma patients randomly assigned to postoperative pelvic radiotherapy (RT) or no further treatment, excluding those with Stage IC, Grade 3, or Stage IB, Grade 1 lesions.(More)
The characteristics of 7 newly established ovarian carcinoma cell lines and one granulosa tumor cell line obtained from tumor samples of 7 patients with varying histology of the primary tumor are reported. The cell lines were isolated from 5 serous carcinomas, a mucinous carcinoma, an endometrioid carcinoma and a granulosa cell tumor. All cell lines were(More)