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  1. Content type: Case report

    Patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) achieving a pathological complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant treatment usually have a good prognosis, but only accounted for less than 20%.

    Authors: Zhenyu Lin, Junli Liu, Li Peng, Dejun Zhang, Ming Jin, Jing Wang, Jun Xue, Hongli Liu and Tao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1253

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Cancer patients’ survival time has obviously improved, with the development of systemic treatment techniques. However, the probability of metastases to the vertebrae has also been increased which makes some ad...

    Authors: Xiong-gang Yang, Deng-xing Lun, Yong-cheng Hu, Yong-heng Liu, Feng Wang, Jiang-tao Feng, Kun-chi Hua, Li Yang, Hao Zhang, Ming-you Xu and Hao-ran Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1248

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Before the targeted therapies era, cytotoxic chemotherapy (CCT) was an option for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), even with the lack of supporting evidence. Since the last decade, sorafenib has been e...

    Authors: Leonardo Gomes da Fonseca, Guilherme Nader Marta, Maria Ignez Freitas Melro Braghiroli, Aline Lopes Chagas, Flair Jose Carrilho, Paulo Marcelo Hoff and Jorge Sabbaga

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1250

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Uterine sarcomas consist a heterogeneous group of mesenchymal gynecological malignancies with unclear therapeutic recommendations and unspecific but poor prognosis, since they usually metastasize and tend to r...

    Authors: Anastasios Kyriazoglou, Michael Liontos, Dimitrios C Ziogas, Flora Zagouri, Kostantinos Koutsoukos, Giorgos Tsironis, Anna Tsiara, Maria Kaparelou, Roubini Zakopoulou, Nikolaos Thomakos, Dimitrios Haidopoulos, Irene Papaspyrou, Alexandros Rodolakis, Aristotelis Bamias and Meletios Athanasios Dimopoulos

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1247

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  5. Content type: Case report

    Thymomas are typically slow-growing tumors and AB type thymomas are considered no/low risk tumors with a better prognosis. Extra-thoracic metastases are extremely rare. To the best of our knowledge, no patient...

    Authors: Yuichi Aoki, Atsushi Miki, Tomoyuki Nakano, Hideki Sasanuma, Yasunaru Sakuma, Hisanaga Horie, Yoshinori Hosoya, Noriyoshi Fukushima, Alan Kawarai Lefor and Naohiro Sata

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1249

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Most patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) will relapse if treatment is withdrawn, but various trials have recently demonstrated that a significant proport...

    Authors: Nuno Cerveira, Bruno Loureiro, Susana Bizarro, Cecília Correia, Lurdes Torres, Susana Lisboa, Joana Vieira, Rui Santos, Dulcineia Pereira, Cláudia Moreira, Sérgio Chacim, Nélson Domingues, Ana Espírito-Santo, Isabel Oliveira, Ilídia Moreira, Luísa Viterbo…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1245

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  7. Content type: Case report

    Collision tumors are rare cases with two different tumor entities growing synchronously. While adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is the most common pancreatic tumor with an incidence of 10 per 100.000, retroperit...

    Authors: Denise Buchner, Lena Hieggelke, Heike Löser, Christiane Josephine Bruns, Alexander Quaas and Markus Philipp Hussein Ghadimi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1243

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  8. Content type: Research article

    SSBP2, single-stranded DNA binding protein 2, is a subunit of the ssDNA-binding complex that is involved in the maintenance of genome stability. The majority of previous studies have suggested a tumor-suppress...

    Authors: Hyunsung Kim, Yeseul Kim, Yumin Chung, Rehman Abdul, Jongmin Sim, Hyein Ahn, Su-Jin Shin, Seung Sam Paik, Han Joon Kim, Kiseok Jang and Dongho Choi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1244

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with poorer outcomes in some cancers. Its effect on ovarian cancer is less clear. We consider the effect of DM on overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS) ...

    Authors: Setareh Akhavan, Akram Ghahghaei-Nezamabadi, Mitra Modaresgilani, Azam Sadat Mousavi, Mahdi Sepidarkish, Afsaneh Tehranian and Elahe Rezayof

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1246

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  10. Content type: Research article

    SKA1, an important mitosis protein, has been indicated in the initiation and progression of several malignancies. However, its clinical significance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remain to be elucidated.

    Authors: Yibing Chen, Jingjing Zhao, Zhihui Jiao, Weiwei Wang, Dandan Wang, Xiaohe Yu, Zhiyong Shi, Naijian Ge, Qiuzhong Pan, Jianchuan Xia, Wancheng Niu, Ruihua Zhao, Xiaofei Zhang and Wei Du

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1240

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The EGFR-T790M mutation is clinically detected using re-biopsy in approximately 50% of patients with acquired resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) in advanced non-...

    Authors: Akihiro Yoshimura, Tadaaki Yamada, Naoko Okura, Takayuki Takeda, Wataru Furutani, Yutaka Kubota, Shinsuke Shiotsu, Osamu Hiranuma, Naoya Nishioka, Yusuke Chihara, Nobuyo Tamiya, Yoshiko Kaneko, Junji Uchino and Koichi Takayama

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1241

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The current treatment of malignant melanoma is limited by the lack of effective therapeutic approaches, and alternative treatments are needed. Proliferative diseases such as melanoma and other cancers may be t...

    Authors: Marina Teras, Edda Viisileht, Merlis Pahtma-Hall, Airi Rump, Viiu Paalme, Pille Pata, Illar Pata, Christelle Langevin and Sirje Rüütel Boudinot

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1237

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The gene desert on human chromosomal band 8q24 harbors multiple genetic variants associated with common cancers, including breast cancer. The locus, including the gene desert and its flanking genes, MYC, PVT1 and...

    Authors: Collin Homer-Bouthiette, Yang Zhao, Lauren B. Shunkwiler, Benjamine Van Peel, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Rachael C. Baird, Anna I. Rissman, Stephen T. Guest, Stephen P. Ethier, Manorama C. John, Patricia A. Powers, Jill D. Haag, Michael N. Gould and Bart M. G. Smits

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1233

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Non-muscle invasive bladder cancers (NMIBC: pTa, pT1) are characterised by a high risk of recurrence and/or progression. Identification of prognostic markers is needed to improve both diagnosis and management ...

    Authors: Christel Mathis, Isabelle Lascombe, Franck Monnien, Hugues Bittard, François Kleinclauss, Isabelle Bedgedjian, Sylvie Fauconnet and Séverine Valmary-Degano

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1239

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Many studies have reported the prognostic value of haemoglobin level for cancers. Whereas the prognostic impact of decreased pretreatment haemoglobin level on the survival of patients with lung cancer remains ...

    Authors: Yaqi Huang, Siqi Wei, Nan Jiang, Lijuan Zhang, Siyuan Wang, Xiaona Cao, Yue Zhao and Peiguo Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1235

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  16. Content type: Research article

    COPD patients are at increased risk of developing non-small cell lung carcinoma that has a worse prognosis. Oxidative stress contributes to carcinogenesis and is increased in COPD patients due to mitochondrial...

    Authors: F. Ng Kee Kwong, A. G. Nicholson, S. Pavlidis, I. M. Adcock and K. F. Chung

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1238

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  17. Content type: Research article

    EGFR genotyping in pulmonary adenocarcinoma patients who develop pleural effusions is mostly performed using cytology or cell block slides with low sensitivity. Liquid biopsy using the supernatant of pleural e...

    Authors: Jong Sik Lee, Jae Young Hur, In Ae Kim, Hee Joung Kim, Chang Min Choi, Jae Chol Lee, Wan Seop Kim and Kye Young Lee

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1236

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Adaptive radiotherapy (ART) has potential benefits in patients with nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC). This retrospective study aimed to identify the factors favoring ART.

    Authors: Yu-Chang Hu, Kuo-Wang Tsai, Ching-Chih Lee, Nan-Jing Peng, Ju-Chun Chien, Hsin-Hui Tseng, Po-Chun Chen, Jin-Ching Lin and Wen-Shan Liu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1234

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  19. Content type: Research article

    We evaluated the safety and efficacy of induction chemotherapy with bevacizumab followed by maintenance chemotherapy with bevacizumab for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in this multicenter phase I...

    Authors: Yasuhiro Tsutani, Yoshihiro Miyata, Takeshi Masuda, Kazunori Fujitaka, Mihoko Doi, Yoshikazu Awaya, Shoichi Kuyama, Soichi Kitaguchi, Kazuhiro Ueda, Noboru Hattori and Morihito Okada

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1231

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Curcumin, a primary active ingredient extracted from the Curcuma longa, has been recently identified as a potential anti-tumor agent in multiple kinds of cancers. However, the effect of curcumin on retinoblastoma...

    Authors: Yaping Li, Weixuan Sun, Ning Han, Ying Zou and Dexin Yin

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1230

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Measuring quality of life is important for cancer patients, but there are regional differences in age-standardized colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates which may affect measurement. This study aimed...

    Authors: Min Liu, Wei Sun, Yuan-Yi Cai and Hua-Zhang Wu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1228

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Brain tumor vasculature can be significantly compromised and leakier than that of normal brain blood vessels. Little is known if there are vascular permeability alterations in the brain adjacent to tumor (BAT)...

    Authors: Afroz S. Mohammad, Chris E. Adkins, Neal Shah, Rawaa Aljammal, Jessica I. G. Griffith, Rachel M. Tallman, Katherine L. Jarrell and Paul R. Lockman

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1225

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Prognostic factors in breast cancer are often measured on a continuous scale, but categorized for clinical decision-making. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate if accounting for continuous non-linear...

    Authors: Carina Forsare, Martin Bak, Anna-Karin Falck, Dorthe Grabau, Fredrika Killander, Per Malmström, Lisa Rydén, Olle Stål, Marie Sundqvist, Pär-Ola Bendahl and Mårten Fernö

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1226

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  24. Content type: Case report

    Atypical BCR-ABL1 transcripts are detected in less than 5% of patients diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), of which e19a2 is the most frequently observed, with breakpoints in the micro breakpoint clus...

    Authors: Nuno Cerveira, Rosa Branca Ferreira, Susana Bizarro, Cecília Correia, Lurdes Torres, Susana Lisboa, Joana Vieira, Rui Santos, Fernando Campilho, Carlos Pinho Vaz, Luís Leite, Manuel R. Teixeira and António Campos

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1229

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  25. Content type: Research article

    A subset of lung adenocarcinoma with EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor sensitizing mutations (mEGFR) is common in non-smokers and women, suggesting that mutational stressors other than smoking are involved.

    Authors: Eun Young Kim, Arum Kim, Gaeun Lee, Hangsuck Lee and Yoon Soo Chang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1221

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  26. Content type: Database

    microRNAs (miRNAs) are crucially important in the development of cancer. Their dysregulation, commonly observed in various types of cancer, is largely cancer-dependent. Thus, to understand the tumor biology an...

    Authors: Aaron L. Sarver, Anne E. Sarver, Ce Yuan and Subbaya Subramanian

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1223

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In case of high grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (HG-NMIBC), intravesical BCG represents the first-line treatment; despite the “gold” standard therapy, up to 50% of patients relapse, needing radical cy...

    Authors: Marco Racioppi, Luca Di Gianfrancesco, Mauro Ragonese, Giuseppe Palermo, Emilio Sacco and Pier Francesco Bassi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1224

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The Body Image Scale (BIS) is a 10-item mono-factorial scale, designed to capture distress and symptoms related to body image in cancer patients. This paper describes the conversion and psychometric evaluation...

    Authors: Maria Antonietta Annunziata, Barbara Muzzatti, Francesca Bomben, Cristiana Flaiban, Marika Piccinin and Valentina Solfrini

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1222

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) is a heterogeneous population of immature myeloid cells, inhibiting both the innate and adaptive immunity. Recent studies validated that MDSCs caused immune suppression...

    Authors: Lisha Ai, Shidai Mu, Yadan Wang, Huafang Wang, Li Cai, Wenzhu Li and Yu Hu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1220

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Agarose encapsulated murine renal adenocarcinoma cells (RENCA macrobeads) are currently being investigated in clinical trials as a treatment for therapy-resistant metastatic colorectal cancer. We have previous...

    Authors: Prithy C. Martis, Atira T. Dudley, Melissa A. Bemrose, Hunter L. Gazda, Barry H. Smith and Lawrence S. Gazda

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1217

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  31. Content type: Research article

    More colon cancer patients are expected to fully recover after treatment due to earlier detection of cancer and improvements in general health- and cancer care. The objective of this study was to gather partic...

    Authors: C. M. den Bakker, F. G. Schaafsma, J. A. F. Huirne, E. C. J. Consten, H. B. A. C. Stockmann, C. J. Rodenburg, G. J. de Klerk, H. J. Bonjer and J. R. Anema

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1207

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    The growing numbers of cancer survivors challenge delivery of high-quality survivorship care by healthcare systems. Innovative ways to improve care coordination for patients with cancer and multiple chronic co...

    Authors: Simon J. Craddock Lee, Katelyn K. Jetelina, Emily Marks, Eric Shaw, Kevin Oeffinger, Deborah Cohen, Noel O. Santini, John V. Cox and Bijal A. Balasubramanian

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1204

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  33. Content type: Research article

    There are racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer mortality may be attributed to differences in receipt of adjuvant cancer treatment. Our purpose was to determine whether the mortality disparities could be ...

    Authors: Albert J. Farias, Wen-Hsing Wu and Xianglin L. Du

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1214

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Physical activity (PA) has been associated with reduced risk of CRC; however, this has been demonstrated more consistently in m...

    Authors: Sunday Oluwafemi Oyeyemi, Tonje Braaten, Idlir Licaj, Eiliv Lund and Kristin Benjaminsen Borch

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1216

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Metastatic melanoma is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer in humans. Among its types, mucosal melanomas represent one of the most highly metastatic and aggressive forms, with a very poor prognosis. Bec...

    Authors: Zacharie Segaoula, Aline Primot, Frederic Lepretre, Benoit Hedan, Emmanuel Bouchaert, Kevin Minier, Laurent Marescaux, François Serres, Sylvie Galiègue-Zouitina, Catherine André, Bruno Quesnel, Xavier Thuru and Dominique Tierny

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1219

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Glioblastoma (GB) is a highly invasive primary brain tumor that nearly always systematically recurs at the site of resection despite aggressive radio-chemotherapy. Previously, we reported a gene expression sig...

    Authors: Annabelle Monnier, Rachel Boniface, Régis Bouvet, Amandine Etcheverry, Marc Aubry, Tony Avril, Véronique Quillien, Eric Chevet and Jean Mosser

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1213

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Analysis of high microsatellite instability (MSI-H) phenotype in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is important for evaluating prognosis and choosing a proper adjuvant therapy. Although the conventional MSI analysis ...

    Authors: Mi Jang, Yujin Kwon, Hoguen Kim, Hyunki Kim, Byung Soh Min, Yehyun Park, Tae Il Kim, Sung Pil Hong and Won Kyu Kim

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1218

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Timely assessment of cancer risk from current radiation exposure among medical radiation workers can contribute to the development of strategies to prevent excessive occupational radiation exposure. The purpos...

    Authors: Won Jin Lee, Yeongchull Choi, Seulki Ko, Eun Shil Cha, Jaeyoung Kim, Young Min Kim, Kyoung Ae Kong, Songwon Seo, Ye Jin Bang and Yae Won Ha

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1206

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant central nervous system tumor. Alkylating agent, temozolomide (TMZ), is currently the first-line chemotherapeutic agent for GBM. However, the sensitivity of G...

    Authors: Li Li, Yulun Huang, Yuge Gao, Tengfei Shi, Yunyun Xu, Huini Li, Marko Hyytiäinen, Jorma Keski-Oja, Qiuying Jiang, Yizhou Hu and Zhimin Du

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1215

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Breast neoplasms are the most common cancer among women in Taiwan. Cognitive deficits are common complications of breast cancer survivors treated with chemotherapy. The most frequently observed disorders invol...

    Authors: Tsung-Yuan Li, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen, Dah-Cherng Yeh, Shu-Ling Huang, Cheng-Nan Chen, Jyh-Wen Chai, Clayton Chi-Chang Chen and Jun-Cheng Weng

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1211

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Impaired physical function due to chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) symptoms may lead to diminished quality of life. However, even with the knowledge of the effects of CIPN on physical function...

    Authors: Robert Knoerl, Edie Weller, Barbara Halpenny and Donna Berry

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1203

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Epidemiological studies and cardiovascular prevention trials have shown that low-dose aspirin can reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality, including inhibition of distant metastases. Metformin h...

    Authors: Marilena Petrera, Laura Paleari, Matteo Clavarezza, Matteo Puntoni, Silvia Caviglia, Irene Maria Briata, Massimo Oppezzi, Eva Mihajlovic Mislej, Borut Stabuc, Michael Gnant, Thomas Bachleitner-Hofmann, Wilfried Roth, Dominique Scherer, Walter-E. Haefeli, Cornelia M. Ulrich and Andrea DeCensi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1210

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Prostate biopsy is the most common method for the diagnosis of prostate cancer and the basis for further treatment. Confirmation using radical prostatectomy specimens is the most reliable method for verifying ...

    Authors: Zhipeng Mai, Zhien Zhou, Weigang Yan, Yu Xiao, Yi Zhou, Zhiyong Liang, Zhigang Ji and Hanzhong Li

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1205

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) is characterized by a high background of inflammatory cells which play an important role for the pathogenesis of the disease. T cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains (TIGIT) is a...

    Authors: Wenchao Li, Niclas C. Blessin, Ronald Simon, Martina Kluth, Kristine Fischer, Claudia Hube-Magg, Georgia Makrypidi-Fraune, Björn Wellge, Tim Mandelkow, Nicolaus F. Debatin, Laura Pott, Doris Höflmayer, Maximilian Lennartz, Guido Sauter, Jakob R. Izbicki, Sarah Minner…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1209

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  45. Content type: Case report

    Funnel chest is the most common chest deformity, occurring in 0.06–0.3% of the general population. When it occurs concomitantly with esophageal cancer, it hinders intrathoracic surgery that is necessary for tr...

    Authors: Keiichiro Hatoyama, Yusuke Taniyama, Tadashi Sakurai, Chiaki Sato, Hiroshi Okamoto, Yu Onodera and Takashi Kamei

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1212

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