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PURPOSE To compare, over a 48-hr follow-up period, the analgesia and side-effects of patient controlled iv analgesia (PCA) with morphine alone vs combined intrathecal and PCA morphine (IT+PCA) in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery. METHODS Sixty adult patients undergoing abdominal surgery for cancer were randomly allocated to receive preoperative(More)
BACKGROUND We recently published the results of the PCI99 randomised trial comparing the effect of a prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) at 25 or 36 Gy on the incidence of brain metastases (BM) in 720 patients with limited small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). As concerns about neurotoxicity were a major issue surrounding PCI, we report here midterm and(More)
In 1980 a prospective cohort study of exposed and non-exposed subjects was initiated in France by the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM U287) in collaboration with occupational physicians from the companies involved. The aim was to evaluate the association between mortality and cancer morbidity and occupational exposure to(More)
A multivariate analysis of the prognostic factors was carried out on a series of 546 differentiated thyroid cancers followed for 8 to 40 years. For survival, the highest risk factor was associated with age; tumors diagnosed in patients younger than 45 years had higher relapse-free survival (RFS) and total survival (TS) rates and a slower growth rate. In(More)
BACKGROUND Early risk-stratified chemotherapy is a standard treatment for breast, colorectal, and lung cancers, but not for high-risk localised prostate cancer. Combined docetaxel and estramustine improves survival in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer. We assessed the effects of combined docetaxel and estramustine on relapse in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) can provide information on patient prognosis and treatment efficacy. However, there is no universal method to detect CTC currently available. Here, we compared the performance of two CTC detection systems based on the expression of the EpCAM antigen (CellSearch assay) or on cell size (ISET assay). METHODS(More)
To diagnose catheter-related sepsis without removing the catheter, we evaluated the differential positivity times of cultures of blood drawn simultaneously from central venous catheter and peripheral sites. In a 450-bed cancer reference center, simultaneous central- and peripheral-blood cultures were prospectively performed for patients with suspicion of(More)
BACKGROUND A method of diagnosing catheter-related infection (CRI) without removing the catheter would be useful. An earlier positivity of central compared with peripheral venous-blood cultures may be associated with catheter-related bacteraemia. We evaluated prospectively the differential time to positivity (DTP) of paired blood cultures drawn(More)
PURPOSE To assess docetaxel combined with samarium-153-ethylene diamine tetramethylene phosphonic acid (EDTMP), a radiopharmaceutical with a high affinity for bone, in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with bone metastases from CRPC who achieved a response or stabilization after four cycles of(More)
PURPOSE Fluorouracil (5-FU) continuous infusion is superior to 5-FU bolus in patients with advanced colorectal cancer, but the survival difference between the two treatments is small and, therefore, the difference in toxicity profile is crucial in choosing a treatment for individual patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS We conducted a meta-analysis of all(More)