Vito Michele Garrisi

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Despite the efforts of recent years, clinicians still lack reliable biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of clinical outcomes in breast cancer patients. Owing to the large number of people potentially involved in the management of this clinical problem, the search for noninvasive and repeatable laboratory assays has been intensive. Recently,(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of the study was to quantify the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) gene in the circulating DNA of patients with primary breast cancer (BC) and to test its correlation with clinical parameters of the disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred and twenty-one BC patients, 30 patients with fibroadenoma (NBC) and 50 healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Currently used CA15-3 and CEA have found their clinical application particularly in the follow-up of patients with advanced disease. Novel biomarkers are urgent, especially for improving early diagnosis as well as for discriminating between benign and malignant disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS In the present study, we used a proteomic approach(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Trans-hepatic arterial chemo-embolization is the most commonly used treatment for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. The prognostic impact of tumor biomarkers has not therefore been evaluated in this treatment. Imbalance between matrix metalloproteinase-2 and tissue inhibitor metalloproteinase-2 is considered to play an important(More)
BACKGROUND Liver carcinogenesis seems to be heavely influenced by hepatitis B and C viral (HBV, HCV) infection. The aim of our study was to improve the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by measuring alfa-fetoprotein (AFP) in addition to other molecular markers by estimating the plasma levels of human catalytic fraction of reverse telomerase(More)
Epidemiological studies suggest a possible association between BMI, diagnosis and clinical-pathological breast cancer characteristics but biological bases for this relationship still remain to be ascertained. Several biological mechanisms play a role in the genesis and progression of breast cancer. This study aimed to investigate relationships between BMI(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a protein-based pattern in serum previously determined by MALDI-TOF-MS (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight) and considered potentially useful for prediction of clinical outcome of EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) TKIs (tyrosine kinase inhibitors) treated(More)
OBJECTIVES Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women, and the strongest risk factor remains family history. Although screening in asymptomatic women seems able to reduce breast-cancer related mortality, it is of limited usefulness in young women and patients with familial breast cancer syndrome. New diagnostic tools useful for breast(More)
INTRODUCTION Selective inhibitors of BRAF, vemurafenib and dabrafenib are the standard of care for metastatic melanoma patients with BRAF V600, while chemotherapy continued to be widely used in BRAF wild type patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS In order to discover novel candidate biomarkers predictive to treatment, serum of 39 metastatic melanoma vemurafenib(More)
BACKGROUND Differentiated thyroid carcinomas (DTCs) account for about 1% of all human malignancies. Cervical lymph nodes metastases and recurrences in the thyroid bed frequently occur. Furthermore, about 10-15% of patients develop distant metastases. Therefore, patients must undergo life-long follow-up. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the(More)