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PURPOSE Early breast cancer is commonly treated with anthracyclines and taxanes. However, combining these drugs increases the risk of myelotoxicity and may require granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) support. The highest incidence of febrile neutropenia (FN) and largest benefit of G-CSF during the first cycles of chemotherapy lead to questions(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to determine the prognostic impact of time between primary breast cancer and diagnosis of distant metastasis (metastatic-free interval, MFI) on the survival of metastatic breast cancer patients. METHODS Consecutive patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2007-2009 in eight hospitals in the Southeast of the Netherlands were(More)
INTRODUCTION Although the effect of hormonal therapy (HT) on fracture risk during treatment of breast cancer is established, information about fracture incidence after completion of HT is scarce. In this hospital based observational study we evaluated fracture rates after completion of HT in pre- and postmenopausal women with breast cancer. METHODS All(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated which patient factors were associated with treatment tolerance and outcome in elderly colon cancer patients. DESIGN Population-based data from five regions included in the Netherlands Cancer Registry were used. Patients with resected stage III colon cancer aged ≥75 years diagnosed in 1997-2004 who received adjuvant chemotherapy (N(More)
Patients with an unknown primary tumour (UPT) represent 5-10% of all new cancer patients. Data on survival and prognostic factors of UPTs are based on selected patient series from specialised institutions. Population-based data on incidence, histology and determinants of survival for patients with UPT are not available. All patients diagnosed with UPT(More)
BACKGROUND The unknown primary tumour (UPT) is an intriguing clinical finding in approximately 5% of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. To evaluate a correlation between the specific immunohistochemical alterations in UPT cells and the unique clinical features of UPT patients, to define the natural history of UPT and to verify prognostic factors, we(More)
INTRODUCTION Due to large and increasing numbers of cancer survivors, long-term cancer-related health issues have become a major focus of attention. This study examined the relation between a high-intensity physical rehabilitation program and return-to-work in cancer survivors who had received chemotherapy. METHODS The intervention group, consisting of 72(More)
Contrary to the situation in early breast cancer, little is known about the prognostic relevance of the hormone receptor (HR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) in metastatic breast cancer. The objectives of this study were to present survival estimates and to determine the prognostic impact of breast cancer subtypes based on HR and HER2(More)
The unknown primary tumour (UPT) is an intriguing clinical phenomenon found in approximately 5% of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. It is unclear whether UPT forms a distinct biological entity with specific genetic and phenotypic characteristics, or whether it is merely a clinical presentation of metastases in patients in whom the primary tumour(More)
AIM Until recently, peritoneal metastases (PM) were regarded as an untreatable condition, regardless of the organ of origin. Currently, promising treatment options are available for selected patients with PM from colorectal, appendiceal, ovarian or gastric carcinoma. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence, treatment and survival of patients(More)