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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150868/patient-reported-health-outcomes-in-patients-with-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-and-actinic-keratosis-results-from-a-large-scale-observational-study-analysing-effects-of-diagnoses-and-disease-progression
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W G Philipp-Dormston, K Müller, B Novak, K Strömer, C Termeer, U Hammann, J Glutsch, G Kraehn-Senftleben, H Lübbert, M Koller, R M Szeimies
BACKGROUND: Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and actinic keratosis (AK) are very common among fair-skinned individuals. A disease continuum from AK to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has been frequently postulated. AK and NMSC may influence quality of life (QL) of patients, and it can be suspected that disease progression entails a QL reduction. The purpose of this study was to document QL in patients with NMSC and AK using the health-outcome questionnaire EQ-5D-5L. METHODS: The study was designed as a non-interventional, prospective, cross-sectional study...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148079/insm1-a-novel-nuclear-marker-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma-cutaneous-neuroendocrine-carcinoma
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Patrick S Rush, Jason N Rosenbaum, Madhuchhanda Roy, Rebecca M Baus, Daniel D Bennett, Ricardo V Lloyd
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, clinically aggressive, cutaneous neuroendocrine (NE) neoplasm. As a tumor with small, round, blue cells, the histologic differential diagnosis for MCC can include melanoma, metastatic small cell carcinoma (SCC), nodular hematopoietic tumors, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), atypical variants of squamous carcinoma, and the uncommon occurrence of primary cutaneous Ewing sarcoma. In cases with atypical histology or without the classic immunophenotype the diagnosis can be challenging...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145341/primary-malignant-melanoma-of-the-gallbladder-with-multiple-metastases-a-case-report
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Jun-Ke Wang, Fei Su, Wen-Jie Ma, Hai-Jie Hu, Qin Yang, Fei Liu, Quan-Sheng Li, Fu-Yu Li
RATIONAL: Primary malignant melanoma of the gallbladder is an extremely rare tumor, with fewer than 40 cases reported in the literature worldwide. The majority of patients presented as a solitary lesion in the gallbladder. To our knowledge, only one case of primary malignant melanoma of the gallbladder with multiple metastases has been reported, which involved the stomach, duodenum, pancreas, jejunum and a mesenteric lymph node. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of primary malignant melanoma of the gallbladder with metastases to the duodenal bulb, right adrenal and a celiac lymph node...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145332/primary-malignant-melanoma-of-the-lung-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Juan Peng, Fengfeng Han, Tianyun Yang, Jinyuan Sun, Wenbin Guan, Xuejun Guo
RATIONALE: Primary malignant melanoma of the lung (PMML) is an extremely rare neoplasm with a dismal prognosis. The diagnosis of PMML is very difficult and is based on several clinical, radiological, and histopathological criteria. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 61-year-old women was admitted with a 2-month history of a productive cough and chest pain provoked by breathing and coughing. Computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest showed a large, solid tumor in the right middle lobe of the lung...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145037/time-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-cancer-patients-in-the-netherlands-room-for-improvement
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Charles C W Helsper, Nicole N F van Erp, Petra P H M Peeters, Niek N J de Wit
BACKGROUND & AIM: Reducing the duration of the diagnostic cancer care pathway is intensively pursued. The aim of this study was to chart the diagnostic pathway for the five most common cancers in the Netherlands. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using cancer patients' anonymised primary care data (free text and coded) linked to the Netherlands Cancer Registry. We determined the median duration of the following: 1. Primary care intervals (IPCs): the first cancer-related general practitioner consultation to referral, 2...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142760/outcomes-of-primary-endoresection-for-choroidal-melanoma
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Andre A C Vidoris, Andre Maia, Marcia Lowen, Melina Morales, Jordan Isenberg, Bruno F Fernandes, Rubens N Belfort
Purpose: To review long time treatment results in patients with small or medium sized choroidal melanoma who underwent surgical tumor endoresection as a primary treatment when plaque radiotherapy was unable and patients declined enucleation. Materials and methods: Patients were evaluated for best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), and underwent biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, retinography and ultrasound as well as the usual systemic workup. Study inclusion required the absence of scleral invasion or metastasis and an anterior margin not exceeding the pars plana or the ciliary body...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141067/an-elusive-amelanotic-melanoma-and-review-of-dermoscopic-findings
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Anthony Chiaravalloti, Ali Banki
<p>Amelanotic melanoma (AM) is one of the great masqueraders in dermatology. It is a very difficult clinical diagnosis to make because these tumors are devoid of pigment and other clues of melanoma. They are commonly misdiagnosed clinically as other benign and malignant conditions. We present a new case of AM in an 84-year-old woman with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer. She had a thin pink plaque that was initially misdiagnosed as a basal cell carcinoma. We also discuss dermoscopy and its valuable role to improve diagnostic accuracy...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140834/prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-secondary-to-melanoma-a-systematic-review
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Nicholas J Hadden, Jerome R D McIntosh, Samuel Jay, Paula J Whittaker
Melanoma is one of the most common primary tumours associated with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). The aim of this review is to identify prognostic factors specifically for MSCC secondary to melanoma. A systematic search of literature was performed in MEDLINE, Embase and the Cochrane Library to identify studies reporting prognostic factors for patients with MSCC secondary to melanoma. Two studies, involving a total of 39 patients, fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The variables associated with increased survival were receiving postoperative radiotherapy, receiving chemotherapy, perioperative lactate dehydrogenase level less than or equal to 8...
November 14, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139373/primary-malignant-melanoma-of-the-bladder
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Maurizio Buscarini, Claudio Conforti, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Cristina Falavolti, Chiara Taffon, Giovanni Muto, Caterina Dianzani
A 81-year-old man was admitted to our university for a second opinion after diagnosis of bladder melanoma in December 2014. His medical history included arterial hypertension, hypothyroidism, peripheral arterial disease treated with a bypass, and corneal transplantation. His medical history was negative for malignant melanoma. He experienced gross hematuria in the absence of any other clinical manifestations, and urine cytology identified atypical cells. The patient underwent transurethral resection of the bladder with diagnosis of melanoma...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138707/jejunojejunal-intussusception-due-to-metastatic-melanoma-seven-years-after-the-primer
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Alexander Giakoustidis, Thomas Goulopoulos, Anastasios Boutis, George Kavvadias, Aristidis Kainantidis, Thomas Zaraboukas, Dimitrios Giakoustidis
Intestinal intussusception in adults is a rare medical condition accounting for less than 5% of all intussusceptions. Herein we present a 45-year-old patient with a history of abdominal pain and loss of weight. CT scan revealed jejunojejunal intussusceptions. The patient was subjected to exploratory operation and small intestine resection due to a mass causing intestinal intussusception. Pathology confirmed suspected diagnosis of metastatic melanoma to small intestine secondary to melanoma, 7 years after the initial manifestation...
2017: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138058/the-diagnostic-value-and-histologic-correlate-of-distinct-patterns-of-shiny-white-streaks-for-the-diagnosis-of-melanoma-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Anna Eliza Verzi, Victor L Quan, Kara Walton, Mary C Martini, Ashfaq A Marghoob, Erin M Garfield, Betty Kong, Maria Cristina Isales, Timothy VandenBoom, Bin Zhang, Dennis West, Pedram Gerami
BACKGROUND: Shiny white streaks (SWS) are best visualized with polarized dermoscopy, and correlate with dermal fibroplasia histopathologically. SWS have been described at higher frequencies in melanomas than benign nevi. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the diagnostic value of different patterns of SWS and their histologic correlate in melanocytic lesions. METHODS: Polarized dermoscopic images of 1507 histopathologically diagnosed melanocytic neoplasms were analyzed for presence and pattern of SWS...
November 11, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135571/validation-of-cancer-cases-using-primary-care-cancer-registry-and-hospitalization-data-in-the-uk
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Andrea V Margulis, Joan Fortuny, James A Kaye, Brian Calingaert, Maria Reynolds, Estel Plana, Lisa J McQuay, Willem Jan Atsma, Billy Franks, Stefan de Vogel, Susana Perez-Gutthann, Alejandro Arana
BACKGROUND: In the United Kingdom, hospital or cancer registry data can be linked to electronic medical records for a subset of general practices and years. METHODS: We used Clinical Practice Research Datalink data (2004-2012) from patients treated for overactive bladder. We electronically identified provisional cases of 10 common cancers in General Practitioner Online Database data and validated them by medical profile review. In practices with linkage to Hospital Episodes Statistics and National Cancer Data Repository (2004-2010), we validated provisional cancer cases against these data sources...
November 9, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135116/serum-s100b-levels-correlate-with-stage-n-status-mitotic-rate-and-disease-outcome-in-melanoma-patients-independent-to-ldh
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Athanasios Karonidis, Marina Mantzourani, Helen Gogas, Dimosthenis Tsoutsos
PURPOSE: S100B protein is currently used as an immunohistochemistry marker to confirm melanoma diagnosis in biopsy specimens. Moreover, accumulating evidence supports its potential use as a tumor biomarker in blood. This study aimed to explore the potential uses of serum S100B protein as a biomarker in melanoma patients. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, 107 sequential patients were diagnosed and treated for melanoma. All patients were tested for serum S100B and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) at diagnosis and during their regular follow-up...
September 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134183/pigmented-spindle-cell-nevus-of-reed-of-the-eyelid
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Melina I Morkin, Mitesh K Kapadia, Nora V Laver
Purpose: To report the clinical, pathological, and immunohistochemical features of the first pigmented spindle cell nevus (PSCN) of Reed documented to have appeared in the eyelid. Methods: The findings of clinical and histopathological examination are presented, along with differential diagnoses and a review of the pertinent literature. Case: A 3-year-old boy presented with a rapidly growing, heavily pigmented left lower lid papule raising the concern of malignancy, warranting excisional biopsy...
September 2017: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133776/tacrolimus-levels-are-not-associated-with-risk-of-malignancy-in-lung-transplant-recipients
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Benjamin Daniel Fox, Fadi Ashquar, Yael Raviv, Dror Rozengarten, Osnat Straichman, Shimon Izhakian, Mordechai Reuven Kramer
BACKGROUND Lung transplant (LTx) recipients suffer from high rates of malignancy. Exposure to immunosuppressive medication such as tacrolimus has been proposed as a risk factor for tumorigenesis. We hypothesized that chronically high levels of tacrolimus would be associated with risk of malignancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study was performed in a transplant center in Israel, with a nested case-control design. Cases were LTx recipients who were diagnosed with any solid or hematological malignancy except non-melanoma skin cancer...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133756/signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-3-for-the-differentiation-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-from-cirrhosis
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Yan-Ping Li, Wen-Ze Wang, Xue-Qi Chen, Ling-Bo Li, Zhi-Yong Liang, Kun Ru, Jing-Nan Li
BACKGROUND: Overexpression and constitutive activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 3 have been suggested in the tumorigenesis of many human cancers, including multiple carcinomas, melanoma, and lymphoma. The diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in lobectomy specimens is usually straightforward, but distinguishing cirrhosis from well-differentiated HCC can be challenging in core biopsies. Our aims were to investigate the expression level of STAT3 and phosphorylated STAT3 (pSTAT3) in HCC and cirrhosis, and the application of STAT3 in the differential diagnosis of HCC and cirrhosis...
November 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132722/trajectories-of-premalignancy-during-the-journey-from-melanocyte-to-melanoma
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REVIEW
Andrew J Colebatch, Richard A Scolyer
A stepwise progression from melanocytic precursors to cutaneous melanoma is a well-established model, based on decades of careful observation and morphological analysis. The steps identified are benign melanocytic naevus, dysplastic naevus, 'radial growth phase' melanoma (including melanoma in situ) and 'vertical growth phase' melanoma (also termed tumourigenic melanoma). Recent genomic data have refined the understanding of the steps of melanoma development and their relationship to one another. These data support the existence of dysplastic naevi as distinct lesions; suggest the importance of clonal dynamics in the precursor steps of melanoma; and confirm the carcinogenic role of ultraviolet radiation throughout early melanoma development and progression...
November 10, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132694/unrelated-immunodeficiency-states-may-impact-outcomes-and-immune-checkpoint-molecule-expression-in-patients-with-mycosis-fungoides-a-clinicopathologic-case-control-study
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Shay Warren, Meenal Kheterpal, Patricia L Myskowski, Alison Moskowitz, Steven M Horwitz, Melissa P Pulitzer
BACKGROUND: Immunodeficiency (ID) correlates with worse outcomes and decreased immune checkpoint molecule expression in melanoma. The impact of ID in mycosis fungoides (MF) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to evaluate the impact of ID in MF. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of 17 patients with MF and ID versus age-, stage-, and race-matched controls as a subset of a comparative analysis of 23 patients with MF with ID (prior lymphoma, recent/current pregnancy, HIV, hypogammaglobulinemia, and prior chemotherapy) versus without ID...
November 10, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132118/primary-malignant-melanoma-of-the-female-urethra-report-of-a-rare-neoplasm-of-the-urinary-tract
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Namita Bhutani, Pradeep Kajal, Devendra Pawar
INTRODUCTION: Melanoma is a malignant tumor that can affect any area of the anatomical economy. Its occurance in the female urethra is extremely rare. We report a case of primary malignant urethral melanoma developed in an elderly female patient. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 70 years old female presented with dysuria, poor stream, gross haematuria, intermittent blood spots, and a painful mass. On physical examination, there were no suspicious lesions on the skin. On external genital examination, a lesion at the level of the urethral meatus was observed...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131131/gamma-knife-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-the-treatment-of-primary-and-metastatic-ocular-malignancies
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Andrea L H Arnett, Margaret M Reynolds, Jose S Pulido, Ian F Parney, Nadia N Laack
BACKGROUND: Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKR) can be used for precise targeting of malignant lesions of the CNS when brachytherapy is not an appropriate option. OBJECTIVES: This study reports treatment technique, efficacy, and radiation-induced adverse effects in patients with primary and metastatic ocular lesions treated with Leksell GKR. METHODS: A retrospective, single-institution review was conducted of 28 patients with primary or metastatic ocular disease, treated from 2000 to 2014...
November 4, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
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