Volkert B. Wreesmann

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Several lines of evidence suggest that follicular cell-derived thyroid cancers represent a continuum of disease that progresses from the highly curable well-differentiated thyroid cancers to the universally fatal anaplastic cancers. However, the genetic mechanisms underlying thyroid cancer progression remain ill defined. We compared the(More)
AIMS To describe in detail an uncommon pancreatic condition, which generally presents with cholestasis and a mass lesion suspicious of malignancy, and which is characterized histologically by proliferation of fibrous tissue with associated moderate or marked inflammation, as well as obliterative phlebitis. METHODS AND RESULTS Out of a consecutive series(More)
Fanconi anemia is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by congenital malformations, bone marrow failure, and the development of squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and other cancers. Recent clinicopathologic evidence has raised the possibility that an environmental factor such as human papillomavirus (HPV) may be involved in the pathogenesis of SCCs in(More)
Clinicopathological variables used at present for prognostication and treatment selection for papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs) do not uniformly predict tumor behavior, necessitating identification of novel prognostic markers. Complicating the assessment is the long natural history of PTC and our rudimentary knowledge of its genetic composition. In this(More)
The majority of thyroid tumors are classified as papillary (papillary thyroid carcinomas; PTCs) or follicular neoplasms (follicular thyroid adenomas and carcinomas; FTA/FTC) based on nuclear features and the cellular growth pattern. However, classification of the follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (FVPTC) remains an issue of debate. These(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic screening studies suggest that genetic changes underlie progression from well differentiated to anaplastic thyroid cancers. The aim of this study is to determine to what extent cell cycle/apoptosis regulators contribute to cancer progression. METHODS Tissue microarrarys (TMAs) were constructed from well-differentiated papillary thyroid(More)
BACKGROUND The CD44 family of receptors includes multiple variant isoforms, some of which have been linked to tumor progression. The objective of this study was to investigate whether CD44 v3-containing isoforms are involved in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumor progression. METHODS Laboratory investigation utilizing HNSCC cell lines and(More)
Despite successful efforts to control tobacco and alcohol consumption in the western world, several developed countries report rising oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) incidence figures, specifically in young individuals. Similar to anogenital cancers, a significant proportion of OPSCC (up to 60%) is caused by sexually acquired HPV infection and(More)
BACKGROUND Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) mainly affects patients between the fifth and seventh decade of life but is increasingly seen in young patients (<40 years old). Controversy exists in the literature regarding outcomes for younger patients with HNSCC. METHODS A retrospective cohort analysis was performed comparing survival of 54(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Much of our understanding of human cancer has come from studies of the hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by cellular hypersensitivity to DNA crosslinking agents, progressive bone marrow failure, and cancer predisposition to solid malignancies, especially head and(More)