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Unlikely Cohabitants: A Collision Tumor Of Metastatic Small Cell Lung Carcinoma And Adrenal Adenoma, Michael DeMeritt, Savanna Atwal, Stefan Johnson, Kevin Lightner, Joel Thompson 2024 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Unlikely Cohabitants: A Collision Tumor Of Metastatic Small Cell Lung Carcinoma And Adrenal Adenoma, Michael Demeritt, Savanna Atwal, Stefan Johnson, Kevin Lightner, Joel Thompson

Advances in Clinical Medical Research and Healthcare Delivery

This case report is the second known publication of a very specific collision tumor, where small cell lung cancer metastasized to an adrenal adenoma. The focus is primarily on multimodal radiologic findings of the developing neoplasm, including CT, MRI, and FDG PET/CT. These findings are compared with established diagnostic criteria for adrenal adenomas and metastases, as identified by the literature and content expert review. Epidemiological data regarding collision tumors is discussed, as well as proposed treatment strategies. Similar topics are elucidated for small cell lung carcinoma. Reporting of this collision tumor adds to the relatively thin body of knowledge of …


Practical Guidance On Establishing A Molecular Testing Pathway For Alterations In Homologous Recombination Repair Genes In Clinical Practice For Patients With Metastatic Prostate Cancer, Martin Schostak, Angela Bradbury, Alberto Briganti, David Gonzalez, Leonard Gomella, Joaquin Mateo, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Albrecht Stenzinger, Alexander Wyatt, Anders Bjartell 2024 Thomas Jefferson University

Practical Guidance On Establishing A Molecular Testing Pathway For Alterations In Homologous Recombination Repair Genes In Clinical Practice For Patients With Metastatic Prostate Cancer, Martin Schostak, Angela Bradbury, Alberto Briganti, David Gonzalez, Leonard Gomella, Joaquin Mateo, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Albrecht Stenzinger, Alexander Wyatt, Anders Bjartell

Department of Urology Faculty Papers

CONTEXT: Prostate cancer is a molecularly heterogeneous disease that is amenable to diagnostic testing to identify patients potentially eligible for personalised treatments inform familial risk and provide relevant information about potential prognosis. Several guidelines support the integration of genomic testing in a shared decision-making framework so that both health care professionals (HCPs) and patients are involved in determining the best treatment approach.

OBJECTIVE: To review current guidelines on molecular diagnostic testing for homologous recombination repair (HRR) gene alterations in patients with metastatic prostate cancer, with the aim of providing practical considerations for effective guideline implementation and establishment of an appropriate …


The Janus Kinase 1 Is Critical For Pancreatic Cancer Initiation And Progression, Hridaya Shrestha, Patrick Rädler, Rayane Dennaoui, Madison Wicker, Nirakar Rajbhandari, Yunguang Sun, Amy Peck, Kerry Vistisen, Aleata Triplett, Rafic Beydoun, Esta Sterneck, Dieter Saur, Hallgeir Rui, Kay-Uwe Wagner 2024 Thomas Jefferson University

The Janus Kinase 1 Is Critical For Pancreatic Cancer Initiation And Progression, Hridaya Shrestha, Patrick Rädler, Rayane Dennaoui, Madison Wicker, Nirakar Rajbhandari, Yunguang Sun, Amy Peck, Kerry Vistisen, Aleata Triplett, Rafic Beydoun, Esta Sterneck, Dieter Saur, Hallgeir Rui, Kay-Uwe Wagner

Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Cancer Biology Faculty Papers

Interleukin-6 (IL-6)-class inflammatory cytokines signal through the Janus tyrosine kinase (JAK)/signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) pathway and promote the development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC); however, the functions of specific intracellular signaling mediators in this process are less well defined. Using a ligand-controlled and pancreas-specific knockout in adult mice, we demonstrate in this study that JAK1 deficiency prevents the formation of KRASG12D-induced pancreatic tumors, and we establish that JAK1 is essential for the constitutive activation of STAT3, whose activation is a prominent characteristic of PDAC. We identify CCAAT/enhancer binding protein δ (C/EBPδ) as a biologically relevant …


Maackia Amurensis Seed Lectin (Masl) And Soluble Human Podoplanin (Shpdpn) Sequence Analysis And Effects On Human Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Oscc) Cell Migration And Viability, Ariel C Yin, Cayla J Holdcraft, Eamonn J Brace, Tyler J Hellmig, Sayan Basu, Saumil Parikh, Katarzyna Jachimowska, Evelyne Kalyoussef, Dylan Roden, Soly Baredes, Eugenio M Capitle, David I Suster, Alan J Shienbaum, Caifeng Zhao, Haiyan Zheng, Kevin Balcaen, Simon Devos, Jurgen Haustraete, Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, Gary S Goldberg 2024 Rowan University

Maackia Amurensis Seed Lectin (Masl) And Soluble Human Podoplanin (Shpdpn) Sequence Analysis And Effects On Human Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Oscc) Cell Migration And Viability, Ariel C Yin, Cayla J Holdcraft, Eamonn J Brace, Tyler J Hellmig, Sayan Basu, Saumil Parikh, Katarzyna Jachimowska, Evelyne Kalyoussef, Dylan Roden, Soly Baredes, Eugenio M Capitle, David I Suster, Alan J Shienbaum, Caifeng Zhao, Haiyan Zheng, Kevin Balcaen, Simon Devos, Jurgen Haustraete, Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, Gary S Goldberg

Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Scholarship

Maackia amurensis lectins serve as research and botanical agents that bind to sialic residues on proteins. For example, M. amurensis seed lectin (MASL) targets the sialic acid modified podoplanin (PDPN) receptor to suppress arthritic chondrocyte inflammation, and inhibit tumor cell growth and motility. However, M. amurensis lectin nomenclature and composition are not clearly defined. Here, we sought to definitively characterize MASL and its effects on tumor cell behavior. We utilized SDS-PAGE and LC-MS/MS to find that M. amurensis lectins can be divided into two groups. MASL is a member of one group which is composed of subunits that form dimers, …


T-Cell Redirecting Bispecific Antibodies: A Review Of A Novel Class Of Immuno-Oncology For Advanced Prostate Cancer, Julia Palecki, Amman Bhasin, Andrew Bernstein, Patrick Mille, William Tester, William Kelly, Kevin Zarrabi 2024 Thomas Jefferson University

T-Cell Redirecting Bispecific Antibodies: A Review Of A Novel Class Of Immuno-Oncology For Advanced Prostate Cancer, Julia Palecki, Amman Bhasin, Andrew Bernstein, Patrick Mille, William Tester, William Kelly, Kevin Zarrabi

Kimmel Cancer Center Faculty Papers

Novel T-cell immunotherapies such as bispecific T-cell engagers (BiTEs) are emerging as promising therapeutic strategies for prostate cancer. BiTEs are engineered bispecific antibodies containing two distinct binding domains that allow for concurrent binding to tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) as well as immune effector cells, thus promoting an immune response against cancer cells. Prostate cancer is rich in tumor associated antigens such as, but not limited to, PSMA, PSCA, hK2, and STEAP1 and there is strong biologic rationale for employment of T-cell redirecting BiTEs within the prostate cancer disease space. Early generation BiTE constructs employed in clinical study have demonstrated meaningful antitumor …


A Multi-Institutional Meningioma Mri Dataset For Automated Multi-Sequence Image Segmentation, Dominic LaBella, Omaditya Khanna, Shan McBurney-Lin, Ryan Mclean, Pierre Nedelec, Arif Rashid, Nourel Hoda Tahon, Talissa Altes, Ujjwal Baid, Radhika Bhalerao, Yaseen Dhemesh, Scott Floyd, Devon Godfrey, Fathi Hilal, Anastasia Janas, Anahita Kazerooni, Collin Kent, John Kirkpatrick, Florian Kofler, Kevin Leu, Nazanin Maleki, Bjoern Menze, Maxence Pajot, Zachary Reitman, Jeffrey Rudie, Rachit Saluja, Yury Velichko, Chunhao Wang, Pranav Warman, Nico Sollmann, David Diffley, Khanak Nandolia, Daniel Warren, Ali Hussain, John Pascal Fehringer, Yulia Bronstein, Lisa Deptula, Evan Stein, Mahsa Taherzadeh, Eduardo Portela de Oliveira, Aoife Haughey, Marinos Kontzialis, Luca Saba, Benjamin Turner, Melanie Brüßeler, Shehbaz Ansari, Athanasios Gkampenis, David Maximilian Weiss, Aya Mansour, Islam Shawali, Nikolay Yordanov, Joel Stein, Roula Hourani, Mohammed Yahya Moshebah, Ahmed Magdy Abouelatta, Tanvir Rizvi, Klara Willms, Dann Martin, Abdullah Okar, Gennaro D'Anna, Ahmed Taha, Yasaman Sharifi, Shahriar Faghani, Dominic Kite, Marco Pinho, Muhammad Ammar Haider, Michelle Alonso-Basanta, Javier Villanueva-Meyer, Andreas Rauschecker, Ayman Nada, Mariam Aboian, Adam Flanders, Spyridon Bakas, Evan Calabrese 2024 Thomas Jefferson University

A Multi-Institutional Meningioma Mri Dataset For Automated Multi-Sequence Image Segmentation, Dominic Labella, Omaditya Khanna, Shan Mcburney-Lin, Ryan Mclean, Pierre Nedelec, Arif Rashid, Nourel Hoda Tahon, Talissa Altes, Ujjwal Baid, Radhika Bhalerao, Yaseen Dhemesh, Scott Floyd, Devon Godfrey, Fathi Hilal, Anastasia Janas, Anahita Kazerooni, Collin Kent, John Kirkpatrick, Florian Kofler, Kevin Leu, Nazanin Maleki, Bjoern Menze, Maxence Pajot, Zachary Reitman, Jeffrey Rudie, Rachit Saluja, Yury Velichko, Chunhao Wang, Pranav Warman, Nico Sollmann, David Diffley, Khanak Nandolia, Daniel Warren, Ali Hussain, John Pascal Fehringer, Yulia Bronstein, Lisa Deptula, Evan Stein, Mahsa Taherzadeh, Eduardo Portela De Oliveira, Aoife Haughey, Marinos Kontzialis, Luca Saba, Benjamin Turner, Melanie Brüßeler, Shehbaz Ansari, Athanasios Gkampenis, David Maximilian Weiss, Aya Mansour, Islam Shawali, Nikolay Yordanov, Joel Stein, Roula Hourani, Mohammed Yahya Moshebah, Ahmed Magdy Abouelatta, Tanvir Rizvi, Klara Willms, Dann Martin, Abdullah Okar, Gennaro D'Anna, Ahmed Taha, Yasaman Sharifi, Shahriar Faghani, Dominic Kite, Marco Pinho, Muhammad Ammar Haider, Michelle Alonso-Basanta, Javier Villanueva-Meyer, Andreas Rauschecker, Ayman Nada, Mariam Aboian, Adam Flanders, Spyridon Bakas, Evan Calabrese

Department of Radiology Faculty Papers

Meningiomas are the most common primary intracranial tumors and can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Radiologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, and radiation oncologists rely on brain MRI for diagnosis, treatment planning, and longitudinal treatment monitoring. However, automated, objective, and quantitative tools for non-invasive assessment of meningiomas on multi-sequence MR images are not available. Here we present the BraTS Pre-operative Meningioma Dataset, as the largest multi-institutional expert annotated multilabel meningioma multi-sequence MR image dataset to date. This dataset includes 1,141 multi-sequence MR images from six sites, each with four structural MRI sequences (T2-, T2/FLAIR-, pre-contrast T1-, and post-contrast T1-weighted) accompanied by …


Common Variation In A Long Non-Coding Rna Gene Modulates Variation Of Circulating Tgf-Β2 Levels In Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients (Alliance), Julia Quintanilha, Alexander Sibley, Yingmiao Liu, Donna Niedzwiecki, Susan Halabi, Layne Rogers, Bert O'Neil, Hedy Kindler, William Kelly, Alan Venook, Howard McLeod, Mark Ratain, Andrew Nixon, Federico Innocenti, Kouros Owzar 2024 Thomas Jefferson University

Common Variation In A Long Non-Coding Rna Gene Modulates Variation Of Circulating Tgf-Β2 Levels In Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients (Alliance), Julia Quintanilha, Alexander Sibley, Yingmiao Liu, Donna Niedzwiecki, Susan Halabi, Layne Rogers, Bert O'Neil, Hedy Kindler, William Kelly, Alan Venook, Howard Mcleod, Mark Ratain, Andrew Nixon, Federico Innocenti, Kouros Owzar

Department of Medical Oncology Faculty Papers

BACKGROUND: Herein, we report results from a genome-wide study conducted to identify protein quantitative trait loci (pQTL) for circulating angiogenic and inflammatory protein markers in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The study was conducted using genotype, protein marker, and baseline clinical and demographic data from CALGB/SWOG 80405 (Alliance), a randomized phase III study designed to assess outcomes of adding VEGF or EGFR inhibitors to systemic chemotherapy in mCRC patients. Germline DNA derived from blood was genotyped on whole-genome array platforms. The abundance of protein markers was quantified using a multiplex enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay from plasma derived from peripheral venous …


Comprehensive Peripheral Blood Immunoprofiling Reveals Five Immunotypes With Immunotherapy Response Characteristics In Patients With Cancer, Daniiar Dyikanov, Aleksandr Zaitsev, Tatiana Vasileva, Iris Wang, Arseniy Sokolov, Evgenii Bolshakov, Alena Frank, Polina Turova, Olga Golubeva, Anna Gantseva, Anna Kamysheva, Polina Shpudeiko, Ilya Krauz, Mary Abdou, Madison Chasse, Tori Conroy, Nicholas Merriam, Julia Alesse, Noel English, Boris Shpak, Anna Shchetsova, Evgenii Tikhonov, Ivan Filatov, Anastasia Radko, Anastasiia Bolshakova, Anastasia Kachalova, Nika Lugovykh, Andrey Bulahov, Anastasiia Kilina, Syimyk Asanbekov, Irina Zheleznyak, Pavel Skoptsov, Evgenia Alekseeva, Jennifer Johnson, Joseph Curry, Alban Linnenbach, Andrew South, EnJun Yang, Kirill Morozov, Anastasiya Terenteva, Lira Nigmatullina, Dmitry Fastovetz, Anatoly Bobe, Linda Balabanian, Krystle Nomie, Sheila Yong, Christopher Davitt, Alexander Ryabykh, Olga Kudryashova, Cagdas Tazearslan, Alexander Bagaev, Nathan Fowler, Adam Luginbuhl, Ravshan Ataullakhanov, Michael Goldberg 2024 Thomas Jefferson University

Comprehensive Peripheral Blood Immunoprofiling Reveals Five Immunotypes With Immunotherapy Response Characteristics In Patients With Cancer, Daniiar Dyikanov, Aleksandr Zaitsev, Tatiana Vasileva, Iris Wang, Arseniy Sokolov, Evgenii Bolshakov, Alena Frank, Polina Turova, Olga Golubeva, Anna Gantseva, Anna Kamysheva, Polina Shpudeiko, Ilya Krauz, Mary Abdou, Madison Chasse, Tori Conroy, Nicholas Merriam, Julia Alesse, Noel English, Boris Shpak, Anna Shchetsova, Evgenii Tikhonov, Ivan Filatov, Anastasia Radko, Anastasiia Bolshakova, Anastasia Kachalova, Nika Lugovykh, Andrey Bulahov, Anastasiia Kilina, Syimyk Asanbekov, Irina Zheleznyak, Pavel Skoptsov, Evgenia Alekseeva, Jennifer Johnson, Joseph Curry, Alban Linnenbach, Andrew South, Enjun Yang, Kirill Morozov, Anastasiya Terenteva, Lira Nigmatullina, Dmitry Fastovetz, Anatoly Bobe, Linda Balabanian, Krystle Nomie, Sheila Yong, Christopher Davitt, Alexander Ryabykh, Olga Kudryashova, Cagdas Tazearslan, Alexander Bagaev, Nathan Fowler, Adam Luginbuhl, Ravshan Ataullakhanov, Michael Goldberg

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Faculty Papers

The lack of comprehensive diagnostics and consensus analytical models for evaluating the status of a patient's immune system has hindered a wider adoption of immunoprofiling for treatment monitoring and response prediction in cancer patients. To address this unmet need, we developed an immunoprofiling platform that uses multiparameter flow cytometry to characterize immune cell heterogeneity in the peripheral blood of healthy donors and patients with advanced cancers. Using unsupervised clustering, we identified five immunotypes with unique distributions of different cell types and gene expression profiles. An independent analysis of 17,800 open-source transcriptomes with the same approach corroborated these findings. Continuous immunotype-based …


Keratin 17 Modulates The Immune Topography Of Pancreatic Cancer, Lyanne Delgado-Coka, Michael Horowitz, Mariana Torrente-Goncalves, Lucia Roa-Peña, Cindy Leiton, Mahmudul Hasan, Sruthi Babu, Danielle Fassler, Jaymie Oentoro, Ji-Dong Bai, Emanuel Petricoin, Lynn Matrisian, Edik Matthew Blais, Natalia Marchenko, Felicia Allard, Wei Jiang, Brent Larson, Andrew Hendifar, Chao Chen, Shahira Abousamra, Dimitris Samaras, Tahsin Kurc, Joel Saltz, Luisa Escobar-Hoyos, Kenneth Shroyer 2024 Thomas Jefferson University

Keratin 17 Modulates The Immune Topography Of Pancreatic Cancer, Lyanne Delgado-Coka, Michael Horowitz, Mariana Torrente-Goncalves, Lucia Roa-Peña, Cindy Leiton, Mahmudul Hasan, Sruthi Babu, Danielle Fassler, Jaymie Oentoro, Ji-Dong Bai, Emanuel Petricoin, Lynn Matrisian, Edik Matthew Blais, Natalia Marchenko, Felicia Allard, Wei Jiang, Brent Larson, Andrew Hendifar, Chao Chen, Shahira Abousamra, Dimitris Samaras, Tahsin Kurc, Joel Saltz, Luisa Escobar-Hoyos, Kenneth Shroyer

Kimmel Cancer Center Faculty Papers

BACKGROUND: The immune microenvironment impacts tumor growth, invasion, metastasis, and patient survival and may provide opportunities for therapeutic intervention in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Although never studied as a potential modulator of the immune response in most cancers, Keratin 17 (K17), a biomarker of the most aggressive (basal) molecular subtype of PDAC, is intimately involved in the histogenesis of the immune response in psoriasis, basal cell carcinoma, and cervical squamous cell carcinoma. Thus, we hypothesized that K17 expression could also impact the immune cell response in PDAC, and that uncovering this relationship could provide insight to guide the development of …


Efficacy Of Mcl-1 Inhibitors In Multiple Myeloma Cells Resistant To Bortezomib, Emily Nelson, Omar S. Al-Odat, Sabrina M. Paparo, Daniel A. Guirguis, Gabriella Yao, Manoj Pandey, Subash Jonnalagadda, Tulin Budak-Alpdogan 2024 Rowan University

Efficacy Of Mcl-1 Inhibitors In Multiple Myeloma Cells Resistant To Bortezomib, Emily Nelson, Omar S. Al-Odat, Sabrina M. Paparo, Daniel A. Guirguis, Gabriella Yao, Manoj Pandey, Subash Jonnalagadda, Tulin Budak-Alpdogan

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a type of cancer that affects plasma B cells. Patients with MM often experience frequent relapses and can develop resistance to drugs. As a medical researcher, it is important to understand the role of Mcl-1 in preventing intrinsic apoptosis and drug resistance. Mcl-1 belongs to the anti-apoptotic subgroup of Bcl-2 family proteins and plays a crucial role in these processes. Mcl-1 plays a crucial role in driving disease progression and contributing to drug resistance in MM. It has been observed that there is an increased expression of Mcl-1 in 52% of patients with MM during diagnosis, …


Investigating The Therapeutic Potential Of Soursop In Treating Hematologic Malignancies, Sabrina Marie Paparo, Rebeca Mendoza, Robert Chitren, Omar Al-Odat, Emily Nelson, Subash Jonnalagadda, Roger Strair, Manoj Pandey 2024 Rowan University

Investigating The Therapeutic Potential Of Soursop In Treating Hematologic Malignancies, Sabrina Marie Paparo, Rebeca Mendoza, Robert Chitren, Omar Al-Odat, Emily Nelson, Subash Jonnalagadda, Roger Strair, Manoj Pandey

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Multiple Myeloma (MM) are hematologic malignancies that originate in the bone marrow and account for approximately 1.3% and 2% of cancer cases, respectively. AML is characterized by an accumulation of myeloblasts, or immature myeloid cells, that have the potential to spread to the peripheral blood. There is an uncontrolled proliferation of plasma cells in the bone marrow in MM. While the current treatment options for both AML and MM show promise in achieving initial remission, it is unfortunately common for patients to experience relapse and develop drug resistance. There is a theory that relapse and …


Neoadjuvant Versus Adjuvant Therapy For Stage Iiib-Iiid Melanoma, Bhumik Patel, Sangnya Upadhyaya 2024 Rowan University

Neoadjuvant Versus Adjuvant Therapy For Stage Iiib-Iiid Melanoma, Bhumik Patel, Sangnya Upadhyaya

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

The treatment landscape for advanced stage melanoma is rapidly evolving due to advancements in our understanding of melanoma biology and the emergence of novel therapies. This necessitates a comprehensive review to guide clinicians in adopting evidence based and patient centric approaches to treat stage IIIB-IIID melanoma. A literature review was conducted to synthesize current information on the most optimal treatment available. Data available from different clinical trials found that neoadjuvant therapy was a more effective treatment compared to adjuvant therapies alone. Furthermore, neoadjuvant therapy with combination therapy was more efficacious in producing a complete pathological response compared to monotherapy. A …


Pituitary Adenoma Presenting As Cranial Nerve Iii Palsy And Hemifacial Pain, Yoona Choe, Justin George, Matthew Boyle, Peter Maduka 2024 Rowan University

Pituitary Adenoma Presenting As Cranial Nerve Iii Palsy And Hemifacial Pain, Yoona Choe, Justin George, Matthew Boyle, Peter Maduka

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Pituitary adenomas are common neoplasms arising from the pituitary adenohypophyseal cell. They can be classified by cell type, size and as nonfunctioning or functioning based on the secretion of pituitary hormones. Of these, approximately 48% are macroadenomas (>10 mm) and approximately 53% are prolactinomas. For how common these adenomas are, only 1 of 1100 persons manifest clinical symptoms1 rendering detection and clinical management challenging.

Non-functioning adenomas are slow growing like most pituitary adenomas and are usually detected due to their mass effect on neighboring structures.2 The majority of the reported symptoms as a results of these mass …


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Referrals In Cancer Patients, Bhumik Patel, Venkateswar Venkataraman, Deanna Janora, Jack Goldberg 2024 Rowan University

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Referrals In Cancer Patients, Bhumik Patel, Venkateswar Venkataraman, Deanna Janora, Jack Goldberg

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) can address functional limitations in various conditions, including cancer. Cancer rehabilitation aims to address functional impairments resulting from both the disease itself and its treatments, striving to optimize physical, social, psychological, and vocational functioning. Existing literature indicates that PM&R services significantly benefit cancer patients by improving their overall quality of life. Studies have found that optimal utilization of PM&R services can increase the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) in cancer patients. Current National Comprehensive Cancer Network and American Cancer Society guidelines emphasize the importance of incorporating PM&R services into oncology care to enhance the function and …


Waiting For A Cure: Factors Influencing Melanoma Treatment Delays, Lisa Huang, David Rubin, Lothar Vidal, Jordan Riser, Christopher Jones, Samantha Hiester 2024 Rowan University

Waiting For A Cure: Factors Influencing Melanoma Treatment Delays, Lisa Huang, David Rubin, Lothar Vidal, Jordan Riser, Christopher Jones, Samantha Hiester

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Melanoma, with a five-year survival rate of 94% in early-stage diagnosis, drops significantly when diagnosed at later stages, making identifying barriers to timely treatment crucial. This literature review examines factors influencing melanoma treatment wait times and their impact on patient outcomes. Elderly, male, and Medicare patients, along with those with higher Breslow thickness and severe melanoma stages, experienced longer wait times. Patients receiving intervention within 30 days had better survival rates. Lack of knowledge and misconceptions about melanoma contribute to delayed care, particularly in communities with lower incidence rates. Black patients faced longer waits from diagnosis to surgery, indicating disparities. …


Sunscreen Cost And Its Effect On Skin Cancer In Low-Income Communities: A Systemic Review, John Sauer 2024 Rowan University

Sunscreen Cost And Its Effect On Skin Cancer In Low-Income Communities: A Systemic Review, John Sauer

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

This research examines the pivotal connection between sunscreen affordability and its impact on skin cancer prevalence, especially in low-income communities. Despite universal dermatological recommendations for daily sunscreen use, stringent criteria contribute to elevated prices, averaging around $10 for a 6 oz unit. This financial strain is compounded for families adhering to recommended application rates, leading to significant economic burdens. Outdoor laborers, less likely to follow guidelines, face heightened risks. Government programs' excluding sunscreen costs further exacerbate challenges for low-income communities, contributing to increased skin cancer incidence. This review aims to establish a correlation between sunscreen cost and skin cancer rates, …


Chronic Schizophrenia Presenting With Psychogenic Polydipsia Masking Stage Iv Uterine Adenocarcinoma, Dakota B. Pastore, Kamayel Jaludi, Angelo Sica MD 2024 Rowan University

Chronic Schizophrenia Presenting With Psychogenic Polydipsia Masking Stage Iv Uterine Adenocarcinoma, Dakota B. Pastore, Kamayel Jaludi, Angelo Sica Md

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Background: Psychogenic polydipsia (PPD) is a condition of excessive water intake and seeking behavior with a 6-20% prevalence among patients with psychiatric illnesses, commonly Schizophrenia. It remains unknown how often concomitant disease can mask other, more serious conditions in psychiatric patients.

Case Description: The patient is a 58-year-old Hispanic, white female with chronic schizophrenia complicated by multiple hospitalizations for hyponatremia secondary to PPD. The patient initially presented to the emergency department (ED) in 2016 with abdominal pain, was treated symptomatically and discharged. From 2020 to 2023, the patient was readmitted seven more times, with two suspected aspirin overdoses, an Ambien …


An Unexpected Finding During A Breast Excisional Biopsy: A Case Report, Emily Forester, Anjeanette Brown 2024 Rowan University

An Unexpected Finding During A Breast Excisional Biopsy: A Case Report, Emily Forester, Anjeanette Brown

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Background: Pacemaker leads within the breast are rare. Although it is infrequent, there are some reports of implanted cardiac devices or wires migrating into breast tissue or through the chest wall. To the best of our knowledge, there are no current reports of pacemaker leads within the breast tissue of a patient with concurrent breast cancer. This case aims to detail the surgical management of this rare phenomenon.

Case Presentation: A pacemaker-dependent, female patient presented to the operating room for a left breast excisional biopsy. Intraoperatively, two epicardial leads were unexpectedly found within the center of the patient’s breast tissue. …


Comparative Analysis Of Health Outcomes In Gastric Cancer: Robotic Vs. Laparoscopic Gastrectomy, Maftuna Kurbonnazarova 2024 Rowan University

Comparative Analysis Of Health Outcomes In Gastric Cancer: Robotic Vs. Laparoscopic Gastrectomy, Maftuna Kurbonnazarova

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Exploring the most effective surgical approach for gastrectomy is crucial for determining superior health outcomes in patients. This research compares robotic and laparoscopic techniques with the aim of pinpointing the optimal method, offering valuable insights for improved postoperative well-being.


Investigating Patient Barriers In Receiving Mammography Screenings Following The Covid-19 Pandemic, Nicole Clarke, Tara Pellegrino 2024 Rowan University

Investigating Patient Barriers In Receiving Mammography Screenings Following The Covid-19 Pandemic, Nicole Clarke, Tara Pellegrino

Rowan-Virtua Research Day

Current literature shows reduced breast cancer mortality is associated with compliance of mammographic screenings (Duffy, 2020), specifically increasing the survival rate an estimated 1-2% every year for the past thirty years (Giordano, 2004). However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, rates of basic cancer screenings, including breast cancer, all declined (Chen, 2021). Unfortunately, even in a “post-pandemic” world, years after the height of the pandemic, the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine Family Medicine Office has noticed many female patients still have not kept up with their routine basic healthcare screenings. While there are many barriers in access to healthcare, this survey-based study …


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