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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: The oral cavity cancer account for 30 % of all of head and neck cancers, among which 95 % are squamous cell type carcinoma. There are described many risk factors involved, and in the last few years there is been a wide a series development of cell proliferation molecules and oncogenes, in which can be over expressed in the patients with squamous cell cancer of the oral cavity. The objective of this investigation is to evaluate the proliferation cells marker Ki-67 and PCNA and the p53, p21 oncogenes and the c-erB2 in patients with squamous cell carcinoma, localized in oral cavity and his correlation with clinical and pathological factors in the evaluated group. METHODS: To the biopsies of 52 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of oral cavity seen in the Oncology Hospital "Padre Machado" between 1995 and 1999 there were evaluated with inmunohistochemestry techniques to determine Ki-67 and PCNA cell-proliferation markers and p53, p21, c-erbB2 oncogenes. RESULTS: The proportion of positive results found were: In the inmunohistochemestry: 90.4 % PCNA, 63.5 % p21, 53.8 % Ki-67, 48.1 % p53 and 3.8 % in c-erbB2. In our study, the vascular permeability and the differentiation degree were significant in this study with the correlation of the presence of the p53, p21, c-erbB2, PCNA and Ki-67. CONCLUSIONS: The PCNA and p21 were the most common found biomarkers. The vascular permeability and the histological grade show a significant statistic relation with all study biomarkers.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2008 · Revista Venezolana de Oncologia
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this work was to analyze diagnosed cases of Oral Cancer (OC) and Oropharyngeal Cancer (OPC) in a Venezuelan population. We clinically evaluated 130 patients with OC and OPC and a histopathologic diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma. The patients were analyzed according to gender age, and use of alcohol and tobacco and the tumors were classIfied based on anatomic location, staging parameters, and degree of difFerentiation. Ninety one patients (70%) were male and 39 (30%) were female. Patients' age ranged from 26 to 86 years old. Use of smoking tobacco, alcohol or both was reported by 84.3%, 49.1% and 45.4% of patients, respectively, and was more frequent in males. The most common oropharyngeal anatomic location was the base of the tongue (22.3%), followed by the tonsils (13.9%), while the most frequently affected oral location was the oral tongue (19.2%) followed by the gingiva and alveolar mucosa (10.8%), and the floor of mouth (7.7%). The majority of tumors (77.7%) were diagnosed at an advanced stage (Stage III or IV); metastasis to the regional lymph nodes occurred in 53.1% of cases. According to degree of diferentiation, well, moderately and poorly difFerentiated tumors accounted for 45.4%, 46.1% and 8.5% of cases, respectively. Well differentiated tumors accounted for 56.7% of OC cases, while the majority of OPC cases were classified as moderately or poorly differentiated (72.3%) (p < or = 0.002). Also, non-metastatic cases (NO) showed a predominance of well-diferentiated tumors (61.2%), while metastatic tumors (N+) were classified as moderately or poorly differentiated in 89.8% of cases (p < or = 0.0001). Our study population was characterized by a predominance of smokers and/or drinkers and a predilection for male patients. Most tumors were diagnosed at an advanced stage with a high incidence of metastatic spread to the regional lymph nodes, indicating possible delays in diagnosis. Less differentiated tumors were more frequently encountered among OPC cases and accounted for the vast majority of metastatic cases, supporting the prognostic value of assessing the degree of difFerentiation.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2008 · Acta odontológica latinoamericana: AOL
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