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Head and neck melanoma

Khimling Tew, David Farlow
Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a crucial part of staging intermediate and thick melanoma. Lymphatic drainage from a tumor site can be highly variable, especially on the head, neck, and trunk. SPECT/CT fuses nuclear medicine and x-ray CT images to produce images with high anatomic detail. At our institution, SPECT/CT is performed routinely in addition to planar imaging. This article presents examples where SPECT/CT has proven helpful in image interpretation.
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Elisa Tardelli, Sara Mazzarri, Domenico Rubello, Marta Gennaro, Lorenzo Fantechi, Valerio Duce, Antonella Romanini, Sotirios Chondrogiannis, Duccio Volterrani, Patrick M Colletti, Gianpiero Manca
Melanoma is an important public health problem, and its incidence is increasing worldwide. The disease status of regional lymph nodes is the most important prognostic factor in early-stage melanoma patients. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) was introduced in the early 1990s as a less invasive procedure than complete lymph node dissection to allow histopathologic evaluation of the "sentinel lymph node" (SLN), which is the first node along the lymphatic pathway from a primary tumor. Sentinel lymph node biopsy has minimal complication risks compared with standard complete lymph node dissection...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Denise Hübner, Milena R Kaluđerović, Santiago Gómez-Ruiz, Goran N Kaluđerović
Two ionic triphenyltin(IV) chloride carboxylato compounds of the formula [NHEt3 ][Ph3 SnCl(L)] (LH = N-phthaloylglycine (P-GlyH), 1; 1,2,4-benzenetricarboxylic 1,2-anhydride (BTCH), 2) were tested for the in vitro activity against 518A2 (melanoma), FaDu (head and neck carcinoma), HT-29 (colon cancer), MCF-7 (breast carcinoma) and SW1736 (thyroid cancer) cell lines. The ammonium salts of carboxylic acids are found to be not active, while anionic [Ph3 SnCl(L)](-) exhibited high cytotoxicity in nM range, higher both activity and selectivity than cisplatin...
October 17, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Lisa Altieri, Michael K Wong, David H Peng, Myles Cockburn
BACKGROUND: Mucosal melanomas are rare, poorly understood neoplasms without a consensus standard of care. OBJECTIVE: We sought to define mucosal melanoma tumor characteristics and the racial/ethnic attributes of patients with mucosal melanomas. METHODS: We analyzed 130,920 cutaneous melanomas and 1919 mucosal melanomas recorded in the population-based California Cancer Registry from 1988 to 2013. RESULTS: Although only 1% of melanomas occurring in nonHispanic whites were mucosal, other racial/ethnic groups had a higher proportion of mucosal melanomas (15% for Asian/Pacific Islanders, 9% for nonHispanic blacks, and 4% for Hispanics)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Gaber Plavc, Jasna But-Hadžić, Aleksandar Aničin, Boštjan Lanišnik, Vojislav Didanović, Primož Strojan
OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence and to review experience with the treatment of mucosal melanoma of the head and neck (MMHN) in Slovenia between 1985 and 2013. METHODS: The National Cancer Registry database and clinical records with outcome data of identified patients treated during the period 1985-2013 in Slovenia were reviewed. RESULTS: In a 29-year period, 61 patients with MMHN were identified, representing 0.5 % of all head and neck malignant tumors and 42 % of all mucosal melanomas in Slovenia...
October 14, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Marco Manfredini, Giovanni Pellacani, Lorena Losi, Monia Maccaferri, Aldo Tomasi, Giovanni Ponti
AIM: To evaluate clinical, pathologic and genetic features of desmoplastic melanoma (DM). MATERIALS & METHODS: Analysis of all DM records from 1991 to 2015. RESULTS: The most common location of DMs was the head and neck (69%); median age and follow-up were 60.5 and 7.3 years, respectively. A familial predisposition for DMs and others malignancies was analyzed. Thin Breslow thickness (<4.5 mm) was associated with an intraepidermal component or a previous lentigo maligna, whereas high Breslow thickness (>4...
October 12, 2016: Future Oncology
Jonah D Klein, Michael E Kupferman
BACKGROUND: Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is a familial cancer predisposition associated with a germline mutation in TP53. Patients with LFS are at risk of developing malignancies and require comprehensive screening. We describe an index case of LFS presenting with mucosal melanoma. METHODS: A 21-year-old woman presented with a left maxillary mucosal lesion and a left neck mass. Biopsies revealed metastatic mucosal melanoma, which is a pathology previously unreported in LFS families...
October 11, 2016: Head & Neck
Rubel Chakravarty, Sudipta Chakraborty, Ashutosh Dash
Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has transformed diagnostic nuclear medicine and become an essential strategy in cancer management. With the expected growth of this molecular imaging modality, there is a recognized need for new PET probes to address the clinical challenges in the early diagnosis and staging of various types of cancers. In this endeavor, the prospect of using 64Cu in the form of simple Cu2+ ions as PET probe is not only a cost-effective proposition, but also seems poised to broaden the palette of molecular imaging probes in the foreseeable future...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
L Hua, W Y Zheng, H Xia, P Zhou
Comprehensive multi-omics data analyses have become an important means for understanding cancer incidence and progression largely driven by the availability of high-throughput sequencing technologies for genomes, proteomes, and transcriptomes. However, how tumor cells from the site of origin of the cancer begin to grow in other sites of the body is very poorly understood. In order to examine potential connections between different cancers and to gain an insight into the metastatic process, we conducted a multi-omics data analysis using data deposited in The Cancer Genome Atlas database...
August 19, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Sameep Kadakia, David Chan, Moustafa Mourad, Yadranko Ducic
CONTEXT: Cutaneous head and neck melanoma is a challenging disease owing to its aggressive nature and often times advanced stage at presentation. Age, sex, and subsite are three prognostic indicators which can be determined prior to treatment or testing, and can allow the practitioner to counsel the patient before initiating therapy. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A PubMed search was conducted utilizing various terms relating to the subject matter. Articles over the past 25 years were analyzed and appropriately selected for review...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Cancer Prevention
Stefan Hartmann, Muna Brisam, Stephan Rauthe, Oliver Driemel, Roman C Brands, Andreas Rosenwald, Alexander C Kübler, Urs D A Müller-Richter
There is a growing body of evidence indicating that several melanoma-associated antigen-A (MAGE-A) subgroups contribute to the malignancy of head and neck cancer. The present study retrospectively analyzed the expression of all known MAGE-A subgroups in the tumor front and center of 38 head and neck cancer patients (Union for International Cancer Control stage I or IV) by immunohistochemistry. MAGE-A1, -A6, -A8, -A9 and -A11 were expressed at significantly higher levels at the tumor front of stage IV specimens compared with the tumor front of stage I specimens...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Sheikh Asad, Idrees Sher, Jens Peters-Willke, Peter Jessup
Neurotropic melanoma (NM) is a rare variant of cutaneous melanomas. Compared with conventional melanoma, NM is more locally aggressive with an increased tendency for local recurrence but less likely for nodal or distant metastases. The often amelanotic, benign appearance may lead to treatment issues such as late presentation, diagnostic delay, misdiagnosis, insufficient surgical margins, and recurrence with resulting poor outcome. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of NM with contiguous spread to the spinal cord...
March 2016: J Spine Surg
M Abugideiri, K Patel, J M Switchenko, K Magliocca, Z S Buchwald, J Delgaudio, D H Lawson, H Danish, J J Beitler, M K Khan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
S Sun, L Gao, J Yi, J W Luo, J P Xiao, S Y Li, S P Zhang, X D Huang, Y Qu, K Wang, Y Zhang, Q Liu, R Y Wu, G Z Xu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Ram Prasad, Santosh K Katiyar
Honokiol (C18H18O2) is a biphenolic natural product isolated from the bark and leaves of Magnolia plant spp. During the last decade or more, honokiol has been extensively studied for its beneficial effect against several diseases. Investigations have demonstrated that honokiol possesses anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-angiogenic as well as inhibitory effect on malignant transformation of papillomas to carcinomas in vitro and in vivo animal models without any appreciable toxicity. Honokiol affects multiple signaling pathways, molecular and cellular targets including nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), STAT3, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), cell survival signaling, cell cycle, cyclooxygenase and other inflammatory mediators, etc...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Gregory S Alexander, Joshua D Palmer, Madalina Tuluc, Jianqing Lin, Adam P Dicker, Voichita Bar-Ad, Larry A Harshyne, Jennifer Louie, Colette M Shaw, D Craig Hooper, Bo Lu
BACKGROUND: Pembrolizumab is a monoclonal antibody that is designed against programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1). Pembrolizumab and other immunocheckpoint-blocking monoclonal antibodies work by modulating a patient's own immune system to increase anti-tumor activity. While immunocheckpoint blockade has shown promising results, only 20-40 % of patients experience objective clinical benefit. Differences in individual tumor biology and the presence multiple immune checkpoints present a challenge for treatment...
2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Alvaro Abarzúa-Araya, Aimillios Lallas, Simonetta Piana, Caterina Longo, Elvira Moscarella, Giuseppe Argenziano
Superficial angiomyxomas (SA) of the skin are rare benign cutaneous tumors of soft tissue composed of prominent myxoid matrix and numerous blood vessels. SA are more common in males [1] and they are usually located on the trunk but can also appear on the lower limbs, head, neck and genitalia [2,3]. Treatment is surgical, the total excision is curative, but local recurrence is possible [4]. Herein we present a 72-year-old patient with a history of melanoma in situ, with a new lesion on the lower back.
July 2016: Dermatology Practical & Conceptual
Marloes Faut, Kevin P Wevers, Robert J van Ginkel, Gilles F H Diercks, Harald J Hoekstra, Schelto Kruijff, Lukas B Been, Barbara L van Leeuwen
BACKGROUND: Since its introduction, the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has become the standard staging procedure in clinical node-negative melanoma patients. A negative SLNB, however, does not guarantee a recurrence-free survival. Insight into metastatic patterns and risk factors for recurrence in SLNB negative melanoma patients can provide patient tailored guidelines. METHODS: Data concerning melanoma patients who underwent SLNB between 1996 and 2015 in a single center were prospectively collected...
September 19, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Aaron Baker, Fabian Camacho, Genevieve Andrews, Heath Mackley
Melanoma is a significant clinical problem, with rising rates of incidence. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment. The role of adjuvant radiotherapy in the control of locoregionally advanced cutaneous melanoma is controversial. A retrospective study of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database was performed. Patients with locoregionally confined cutaneous melanoma treated surgically between 2004 and 2009 were evaluated, with cancer-specific and all-cause mortality as primary end points...
August 15, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Mohd Waheed Roomi, Tatiana Kalinovsky, Matthias Rath
Polyphenols, found abundantly in plants, display many anticarcinogenic properties including their inhibitory effects on cancer cell proliferation, tumor growth, angiogenesis, metastasis, and inflammation as well as inducing apoptosis. In addition, they can modulate immune system response and protect normal cells against free radicals damage. Most investigations on anticancer mechanisms of polyphenols were conducted with individual compounds. However, several studies, including ours, have indicated that anti-cancer efficacy and scope of action can be further enhanced by combining them synergistically with chemically similar or different compounds...
2016: Nutrients
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