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PURPOSE Both gemcitabine (GEM) and fluoropyrimidines are valuable treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer. This open-label study was designed to compare the overall survival (OS) of patients randomly assigned to GEM alone or GEM plus capecitabine (GEM-CAP). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with previously untreated histologically or cytologically proven(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Standard treatment for rectal cancer which threatens the expected plane of resection on MRI imaging is long-course, pre-operative chemoradiotherapy (1.8-2Gy, 25-28 fractions). Not all patients are suitable for this because of age, poor performance status or co-morbidities. We describe our experience of short-course (5x5Gy)(More)
BACKGROUND The majority of oesophageal and gastro-oesophageal cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage and palliative treatment is the realistic management option for most patients. The optimal intervention for the palliation of dysphagia in these patients has not been established. OBJECTIVES To systematically analyse and summarise the efficacy of(More)
There is increasing evidence supporting the use of preoperative chemoradiotherapy in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer in an attempt to facilitate complete surgical resection with clear margins. We describe our experience of using a 5-day per week regime of preoperative capecitabine chemoradiotherapy. Between November 2004 and September 2006, 70(More)
BACKGROUND Oesophageal cancer carries a poor prognosis. The 5-year survival rate following resection ranges from 10 to 35 per cent. Recent evidence suggests that the addition of non-surgical treatments to surgery may improve resection rates, reduce the risk of recurrence and improve survival. This review examines the role of preoperative chemoradiotherapy(More)
The adequate timing of adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) in breast cancer has become a subject of increasing interest in recent years. A population-based study was undertaken to determine the influence of demographic and clinical factors on the postoperative RT delay in patients treated with breast-conserving surgery (BCS) and to assess the impact of delay on(More)
Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the testis is rare. From 1976 to 1989 32 patients have been registered with the British National Lymphoma Investigation and two with the Institute of Urology. All 34 patients had disease of high grade histology (BNLI) although in four patients there were some areas with features similar to those described in lymphomas of(More)
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The use of charged-particle radiation therapy (CPRT) is an increasingly important development in the treatment of cancer. One of the most pressing controversies about the use of this technology is whether randomised controlled trials are required before this form of treatment can be considered to be the treatment of choice for a wide range of indications.(More)