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Nir Hirshoren, Olivia Ruskin, Tsien Fua, Stephen Kleid, Matthew Magarey, Benjamin Dixon
BACKGROUND: Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is now a well-validated technique for resection of head and neck cancers. Benefits include reduced patient morbidity, swallowing preservation and rationalization of adjuvant therapies. METHODS: This was a single-centre, retrospective review of 35 patients who underwent TORS of oro-, retro- and parapharyngeal tumours between March 2014 and August 2015. Outcome measures included resection margins, swallowing function and impact on post-operative radiotherapy...
October 21, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
David Hamilton, Vinidh Paleri
Morbidity and mortality associated with increasingly radical doses of chemoradiotherapy have led many to question the current standard of care in head and neck cancer. Recently, surgeons have developed minimally invasive, transoral techniques which have demonstrated excellent survival and favourable functional outcomes. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is the most recent, cutting edge in the evolution of transoral techniques; TORS allows surgeons unprecedented access to and visualisation of the upper aerodigestive tract...
October 11, 2016: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
Ann D King, Benjamin King Hong Law, Wai Kiu Tang, Frankie Kwok Fai Mo, Radha Raghupathy, Kunwar S Bhatia, Kenny I K Lei
To document the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in Waldeyer's ring (WR) and the sinonasal (SN) region, and to identify any differences between lymphatic and extra-lymphatic DLBCLs, and predictors of disease beyond the neck. Primary, nodal, and multifocal sites on head and neck MRI were compared between 31 WR and 15 SN DLBCL, and between 27 patients with disease confined to the head and neck and 16 patients with disease beyond the neck, using logistic regression...
October 13, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
S Karatayli-Ozgursoy, J A Bishop, A T Hillel, L M Akst, S R Best
Malignant salivary gland tumours of the larynx are very rare, with limited reports of clinical outcomes. We present the decade-long experience of a single institution. A 10-year retrospective chart review of a tertiary head and neck cancer centre was performed. Index patients were identified from a review of a pathology database, and reviewed by a head and neck pathologist. Patient demographics, presenting signs and symptoms, treatment modalities and clinical outcomes were extracted from electronic medical records...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Marta Skiba-Tatarska, Marta Kusa-Podkańska, Anna Surtel, Joanna Wysokińska-Miszczuk
Radiotherapy of head and neck tumours causes numerous complications in the oral cavity. The most frequent side effects are: mucositis, osteoradionecrosis, hypogeusia or dysgeusia, xerostomia, dental caries, dentinal hypersensitivity. It is recomended to prevent, reduce or relieve these complications in the oral cavity.
July 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Carolin Götz, Enken Drecoll, Melanie Straub, Oliver Bissinger, Klaus-Dietrich Wolff, Andreas Kolk
BACKGROUND: Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) are often divided by their aetiology. Noxae associated collectives are compared with the human papilloma virus (HPV)-associated group, whereas different localisations of oral (OSCC) and oropharyngeal (OPSCC) squamous cell carcinomas are mostly discussed as one single group. Our aim was to show that classification by aetiology is not appropriate for OSCC. RESULTS: HPV DNA was detected by PCR in 7 (3.47%) patients, and we identified 12 (5...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Eyituoyo Okoturo
INTRODUCTION: Mandibular defect reconstruction is extremely important to achieving an improved quality of life of patients as this bony defect influences facial harmony and aesthetics. Reconstruction of mandibular defects at our centre comprises use of reconstruction plate, non-vascularised anterior iliac crest graft and vascularised fibula flap. Despite the large mandibular defect recorded in our developing environment, non-vascularised iliac crest graft continues to play a role in its exclusive use for lateral mandibular defects...
October 10, 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
X-G Ni, Q-Q Zhang, G-Q Wang
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the diagnostic effectiveness of narrow band imaging and autofluorescence imaging for malignant laryngopharyngeal tumours. METHODS: Between May 2010 and October 2010, 50 consecutive patients with suspected laryngopharyngeal tumour underwent endoscopic laryngopharynx examination. The morphological characteristics of laryngopharyngeal lesions were analysed using high performance endoscopic systems equipped with narrow band imaging and autofluorescence imaging modes...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Himalaya Parajuli, Muy-Teck Teh, Siren Abrahamsen, Ingrid Christoffersen, Evelyn Neppelberg, Stein Lybak, Tarig Osman, Anne Chr Johannessen, Donald Gullberg, Kathrine Skarstein, Daniela Elena Costea
BACKGROUND: Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) were shown to be important for tumour progression in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs). Their heterogeneity and lack of specific markers is increasingly recognized. Integrin α11 was recently shown to be expressed by CAFs and might serve as a specific CAF marker. AIM: To investigate integrin α11 expression and its correlation with the expression of a well-known marker of CAF, alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), in HNSCC...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
W V Vogel, M G E H Lam, F A Pameijer, U A van der Heide, J B van de Kamer, M E Philippens, M van Vulpen, M Verheij
AIMS: Functional imaging with positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and multiparametric magnetic resonance (mpMR) is increasingly applied for radiotherapy purposes. However, evidence and experience are still limited, and this may lead to clinically relevant differences in accessibility, interpretation and decision making. We investigated the current patterns of care in functional imaging for radiotherapy in the Netherlands in a care evaluation study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The availability of functional imaging in radiotherapy centres in the Netherlands was evaluated; features available in >80% of academic and >80% of non-academic centres were considered standard of care...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Henri Schmidt, Arutha Kulasinghe, Liz Kenny, Chamindie Punyadeera
Developing non-invasive diagnostic tools in the field of head and neck oncology has been a challenge. Analysis of circulating tumour derivatives in a patient's blood has been explored in other solid cancers. This includes analysis of circulating tumour DNA, intact circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and exosomes. These circulating tumour derivatives provide avenues of investigation which can be representative of a patient's primary tumour signature and can be assessed from a patient's blood sample. In advanced stage cancer patients, these tumour derivatives are found in higher amounts, attributed to higher cellular turnover (apoptosis, autophagy), lysed CTCs and sloughing from necrotic tumours...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Erik Jarefors, Thomas Hansson
OBJECTIVE: The vascularised free fibular flap is considered to be a reliable choice for reconstruction of oromandibular defects, especially after resection of malignant tumours in the area. This study evaluates the functional outcome of this method. METHOD: From January 2001 - May 2014, 37 patients were treated at the University Hospital of Linköping using the free fibular flap. The authors present the results from 17. This study reviewed their records and used the University of Washington Quality-of-Life questionnaire (UW-QoL), the Head and Neck Performance Status Scale (PSS), and interviews to assess their outcome...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Caterina Longo, Francesca Specchio, Simone Ribero, Valeria Coco, Athanassios Kyrgidis, Elvira Moscarella, Moira Ragazzi, Ketty Peris, Giuseppe Argenziano
BACKGROUND: Several dermoscopic criteria for diagnosing BCC have been identified over the last years with the aim to help recognition of the tumour among others entities. However, few literature data are available regarding the identification of specific diagnostic criteria of small size BCCs OBJECTIVES: the aims of this study were 1) to investigate whether small size BCCs (<5 mm) are typified by specific dermoscopic criteria compared to larger BCCs (>5 mm) in a consecutive cohort of excised lesions and 2) to explore whether small BCCs belong to distinct histologic subtype METHODS: Histopathologically proven BCCs with a full set of clinical and dermoscopic images were retrieved in order to have a case-control study of small (<5mm in size) and large (>5mm in size) tumors...
September 29, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Simone Ribero, Eugenio Sportoletti Baduel, Matteo Brizio, Franco Picciotto, Emi Dika, Maria Teresa Fierro, Giuseppe Macripò, Pietro Quaglino
BACKGROUND: Metastatic extraorbital sebaceous carcinoma is a rare event that could involve the head and neck. The treatment of choice for the initial stage of the disease is surgery and/or radiotherapy. The treatment of recurrent or advanced disease is still controversial. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Extensive literature search was done, and the treatment options are discussed. RESULTS: Results. The literature search found several treatment modalities in use for the treatment of metastatic extraorbital sebaceous carcinoma...
September 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
Amit K Behera, Mahadeva M Swamy, Nagashayana Natesh, Tapas K Kundu
The various bioactive compounds isolated from leaves and fruits of Garcinia sps plants, have been characterized and experimentally demonstrated to be anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer in nature. Garcinol, a polyisoprenylated benzophenone, obtained from plant Garcinia indica has been found to be an effective inhibitor of several key regulatory pathways (e.g., NF-kB, STAT3 etc.) in cancer cells, thereby being able to control malignant growth of solid tumours in vivo. Despite its high potential as an anti-neoplastic modulator of several cancer types such as head and neck cancer, breast cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, prostate cancer, colon cancer etc...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
W Chen, F L Xu, Y Chen, Y Zhang, K M Wu, Y Cheng, J F Ji, H L Zheng
Objective: To summarize clinical experience on application of transoral robotic surgery (TORS) in pharyngeal tumour resection. Methods: Six patients underwent TORS with da Vinci(®) surgical system in our department from November 2013 to July 2015 and their clinical data were analyzed retrospectively. Results: TORS was accomplished successfully in all 6 patients. The surgical field-exposed time ranged from 30 to 40 minutes with an average of 35 minutes. The operative time ranged from 30 to 130 minutes with an average of 72 minutes...
September 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Yenkai Lim, Yunxia Wan, Dimitrios Vagenas, Dmitry A Ovchinnikov, Chris F L Perry, Melissa J Davis, Chamindie Punyadeera
BACKGROUND: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a heterogeneous group of tumours with a typical 5 year survival rate of <40 %. DNA methylation in tumour-suppressor genes often occurs at an early stage of tumorigenesis, hence DNA methylation can be used as an early tumour biomarker. Saliva is an ideal diagnostic medium to detect early HNSCC tumour activities due to its proximity to tumour site, non-invasiveness and ease of sampling. We test the hypothesis that the surveillance of DNA methylation in five tumour-suppressor genes (RASSF1α, p16 (INK4a) , TIMP3, PCQAP/MED15) will allow us to diagnose HNSCC patients from a normal healthy control group as well as to discriminate between Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-positive and HPV-negative patients...
2016: BMC Cancer
Gianluigi Grilli, Vanessa Suarez, María Gabriela Muñoz, María Costales, José Luis Llorente
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to present our experience with the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for parapharyngeal space tumours. PATIENTS AND METHOD: This study is a retrospective review of 90 patients diagnosed with tumours of the parapharyngeal space and treated surgically between 1984 and 2015. Patients whose tumours were not primary but invaded the parapharyngeal space expanding from another region, tumours originating in the deep lobe of the parotid gland and head and neck metastasis were excluded from this study...
September 20, 2016: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
Jason K Wasserman, Brendan C Dickson, Bayardo Perez-Ordonez, John R de Almeida, Jonathan C Irish, Ilan Weinreb
Poorly differentiated sinonasal malignancies are amongst the hardest differential diagnoses in pathology, owing to the large number of rare entities that arise there. Complicating the matter is that most pathologists, including those with experience in head and neck pathology, have little experience in any one of these rare entities. Most patients with sinonasal carcinoma present with locally advanced disease and in the past a combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery would usually be recommended without the specific disease subtype playing a large part of the decision making...
September 19, 2016: Head and Neck Pathology
Diana Braunholz, Mohammad Saki, Franziska Niehr, Merve Öztürk, Berta Borràs Puértolas, Robert Konschak, Volker Budach, Ingeborg Tinhofer
In solid tumours millions of cells are shed into the blood circulation each day. Only a subset of these circulating tumour cells (CTCs) survive, many of them presumable because of their potential to form multi-cellular clusters also named spheroids. Tumour cells within these spheroids are protected from anoikis, which allows them to metastasize to distant organs or re-seed at the primary site. We used spheroid cultures of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines as a model for such CTC clusters for determining the role of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in cluster formation ability and cell survival after detachment from the extra-cellular matrix...
2016: PloS One
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