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BACKGROUND Nivolumab, a fully human IgG4 PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor antibody, can result in durable responses in patients with melanoma who have progressed after ipilimumab and BRAF inhibitors. We assessed the efficacy and safety of nivolumab compared with investigator's choice of chemotherapy (ICC) as a second-line or later-line treatment in patients(More)
Advanced cholangiocarcinoma continues to harbor a difficult prognosis and therapeutic options have been limited. During the course of a clinical trial of whole genomic sequencing seeking druggable targets, we examined six patients with advanced cholangiocarcinoma. Integrated genome-wide and whole transcriptome sequence analyses were performed on tumors from(More)
Polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, M protein and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome is a devastating syndrome, characterized by peripheral neuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal plasma cells, skin changes, papilledema, volume overload, sclerotic bone lesions, thrombocytosis and high vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). High-dose(More)
There is increasing recognition that genomic medicine as part of individualized medicine has a defined role in patient care. Rapid advances in technology and decreasing cost combine to bring genomic medicine closer to the clinical practice. There is also growing evidence that genomic-based medicine can advance patient outcomes, tailor therapy and decrease(More)
BACKGROUND Light chain amyloidosis is a rare plasma cell dyscrasia. Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) coupled to cytoplasmic staining of specific Ig (cIg-FISH) on bone marrow plasma cells has become well established in the initial evaluation of multiple myeloma, a related disorder. Little, however, is known about cytogenetic abnormalities(More)
Cryoglobulinemia, a relatively uncommon disorder, is classified into types I, II, and III, with type II consisting of a monoclonal immunoglobulin possessing activity toward a polyclonal component. Many disease associations and therapies have been described but clinical trials are few, and the natural history, causes, therapy, and pathways of(More)
Type II cryoglobulinemia (CG) is a heterogeneous, generally indolent disorder caused by a monoclonal antibody with activity against polyclonal antibodies and is commonly associated with hepatitis C, lymphoproliferative disorders (LPDs), or autoimmune diseases. It can lead to substantial morbidity, including renal failure, cutaneous ulcers, or neuropathy.(More)
Purpose Activation of EGFR can stimulate proliferative and survival signaling through mTOR. Preclinical data demonstrates synergistic activity of combined EGFR and mTOR inhibition. We undertook a phase I trial of temsirolimus (T, an mTOR inhibitor) and EKB-569 (E, an EGFR inhibitor) to determine the safety and tolerability. Methods The primary aim was to(More)