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The treatment of metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) changed dramatically with the introduction of imatinib into the therapeutic lexicon in 2001. Over the past 15 years, tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the adjuvant and metastatic settings have remained the standard of care for this...
Cancer cells continue to challenge scientists and oncologists due to the phenomenon of resistance. Moreover, recurrence, as seen in many treated patients, shows that currently-used anti-cancer drugs are unable to prevent the development of new cancer cells harboring new mutations. The purpose of...
Chordoma is an extremely rare cancer, with an incidence of about one case per million persons per year in the USA and Europe (about 300 and 450 cases per year, respectively). The estimated median overall survival of patients with chordoma is approximately 6–7 years, yielding a rough estimate of...
Desmoid fibromatosis is a rare but locally aggressive tumor comprised of myofibroblasts. Desmoids do not have the ability to metastasize but can cause significant morbidity and mortality by local invasion. These tumors may occur throughout the body, but are commonly found on the abdominal wall...
The histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have been demonstrated as an emerging class of anticancer drugs. HDACs are involved in regulation of gene expression and in chromatin remodeling, thus indicating valid targets for different types of cancer therapeutics. The pan-deacetylase inhibitor...
Pilomatrix carcinoma is a rare cutaneous tumor derived from follicular matrix cells. It may arise de novo or from a malignant transformation of a pilomatrixoma. The latter process has been associated with impaired immune system surveillance of the host caused by UV radiation or the onset of an...
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