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The International Prognostic Scoring Sy-tem (IPSS) is an important standard for ssessing prognosis of primary untreated adult patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). To refine the IPSS, MDS patient databases from international institutions were coalesced to assemble a much larger combined database (Revised-IPSS [IPSS-R], n ‫؍‬ 7012, IPSS, n ‫؍‬ 816)(More)
PURPOSE Starting from November 2001, 260 newly diagnosed patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) were consecutively enrolled in parallel Italian and Danish prospective trials to evaluate the prognostic role of an early interim 2-[(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scan and the International Prognostic Score (IPS) in advanced(More)
BACKGROUND All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) with chemotherapy is the standard of care for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), resulting in cure rates exceeding 80%. Pilot studies of treatment with arsenic trioxide with or without ATRA have shown high efficacy and reduced hematologic toxicity. METHODS We conducted a phase 3, multicenter trial comparing ATRA(More)
We conducted a case control study of 50 acute myeloid leukemias (AML), 17 chronic myeloid leukemias (CML), 19 myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and 246 controls. The cases were classified according to the French-American-British (FAB) classification, and chromosome aberrations were recorded according to the International System for Human Cytogenetic(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of azacitidine for the treatment of high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes has prompted the issue of its potential role even in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). METHODS The authors analyzed 82 patients with AML who were diagnosed according to World Health Organization criteria. The median patient age was 72 years (range,(More)
PURPOSE Short imatinib pulses were added to chemotherapy to improve the long-term survival of adult patients with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) -positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), to optimize complete remission (CR) and stem-cell transplantation (SCT) rates. PATIENTS AND METHODS Of 94 total patients (age range, 19 to 66 years), 35 represented the(More)
BACKGROUND In advanced age the prognosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) is poor, but, as a consequence of the low incidence of HL in the elderly, prospective studies are lacking and the best treatment strategy is difficult to define. PATIENTS AND METHODS One-hundred and five HL patients over 65 years of age were treated homogeneously with an original(More)
BACKGROUND Elderly Hodgkin's disease patients have a poor prognosis. The question arises whether these patients need aggressive treatment or a palliative strategy. So far, as a consequence of the scarcity of trials designed for them, useful information can be obtained only by retrospective analyses. METHODS We retrospectively studied clinical data from(More)
BACKGROUND Hodgkin's disease (HD) after the age of 65 years is uncommon and there are no published data on chemotherapy regimens devised for elderly HD patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS From 1990 to 1993, 25 elderly HD patients were treated with the CVP/CEB regimen: chlorambucil 6 mg/sqm p.o. days 1 through 7, vinblastine 6 mg/sqm i.v. on day 1, procarbazine(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Poor prognosis diffuse large cell lymphoma (DLCL) responds poorly to standard chemotherapy. Randomized studies comparing high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) against standard chemotherapy have produced conflicting results. Dose-dense chemotherapy with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)(More)