Alessandro Bittoni

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In many tumor types serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels is an indirect marker of tumor hypoxia, neo-angiogenesis and worse prognosis. However data about hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are lacking in the clinical setting of patients undergoing transarterial-chemoembolization (TACE) in whom hypoxia and neo-angiogenesis may represent a molecular key to(More)
Background:Currently, sunitinib represents one of the therapeutic strongholds for renal cell carcinoma, but the criteria for treatment selection are lacking. We assessed the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and VEGF receptor (VEGFR) polymorphisms in the prediction of the clinical outcome in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC)(More)
Background:Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) represents a predictive factor in colorectal cancer patients treated with the angiogenesis inhibitor PTK/ZK. We explored the role of pre-treatment LDH serum levels in colorectal cancer patients receiving first-line bevacizumab.Methods:Metastatic colorectal cancer treated with first-line bevacizumab was eligible. A(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed the impact on survival of angiogenesis and inflammation-related factors, particularly LDH serum levels, platelet, neutrophil and lymphocyte counts, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), in metastatic colorectal cancer patients receiving regorafenib monotherapy. METHODS LDH serum levels, neutrophil, lymphocyte and platelet counts(More)
Despite a decline in the incidence in Western countries, gastric cancer is still the second most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Many advances have been made in diagnosis and treatment of gastric cancer in the last decades but the prognosis for gastric cancer patients remains disappointing, especially in more advanced stages. The poor(More)
Clinical observations suggested that a non negligible proportion of patients, ranging from 40% to 70%, does not seem to benefit from the use of anti-EGFR targeted antibodies even in the absence of a mutation of the K- RAS gene. The EGFR pathway activation via the Ras-Raf-MAP-kinase and the protein-serine/threonine kinase AKT could determine resistance to(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent data from the COMPARZ study seem to suggest a non-inferiority of pazopanib confronted with sunitinib in PFS and OS. We previously reported how VEGF and VEGFR polymorphisms might have a predictive role in patients treated with first-line sunitinib. Aim of our study was to investigate whether tumour angiogenesis genotyping could influence(More)
The microsatellite-instable gastric cancer subtype, because of its supposed high antigenic potential, is a promising candidate for immunotherapy. We analyzed if the presence of a defective mismatch repair (MMR) system is associated with other markers of immune response and their relationship with outcome in advanced gastric cancer patients. We analyzed the(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a tumor with a poor prognosis, short overall survival and few chemotherapeutic choices. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding, single-stranded RNAs of around 22 nucleotides involved in the pathogenic mechanisms of carcinogenesis and metastasis. They have been studied in many tumors in order to identify potential(More)
In Western countries, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in terms of incidence and mortality. The management of rectal cancer has undergone and continues to undergo significant evolutions. In the last two decades, new multimodality strategies have been developed. Multimodality treatments have improved the prognosis of locally advanced rectal(More)