Alisia Cesta

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BACKGROUND The proportion of elderly within the general population is increasing and the incidence of colorectal cancer increases with age. Oxaliplatin and 5-fluorouracil (FU) combination is active in this disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS This multicenter phase II study was designed to investigate feasibility, efficacy, activity of daily living (ADL) and(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of the current study was a retrospective evaluation of 100 consecutive premenopausal women with high-risk, early breast carcinoma who received a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) analogue as ovarian protection during adjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS After surgery, patients received a Gn-RH analogue and adjuvant chemotherapy,(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential efficacy of a chemo-immunotherapy regimen for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (MRCC). Forty-one patients with progressing MRCC and with a median age of 63 years were recruited. Planned treatment consisted of 6 courses of capecitabine 1000 mg/m twice daily on days 1 to 14 every 4 weeks,(More)
AIM In a previous phase 1B study, we determined the optimal biological dose of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and 13-cis retinoic acid (RA), given as maintenance therapy to patients with a variety of solid tumors, responding to chemotherapy, with a high risk of relapse. This therapy produced a statistically significant increase of the CD4+/CD8+ ratio, natural killer(More)
Estradiol (E2) plays a key role in human reproduction through the induction of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and T-regulatory cells (T-Regs), which are also important in breast cancer (BC) growth. The primary endpoint of the present study was the investigation of whether E2 suppression, chemotherapy and radiation therapy decreased the levels of(More)
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma metastasizing to the left ventricle is an uncommon form of cardiac malignancy. This report describes a rare case of left ventricular metastases from a malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the posterior compartment of the right thigh, recurring five years after treatment with surgery, hyperthermic perfusion of the limb and(More)
The present study aimed to determine the toxicity and efficacy of 4 courses of anthracyclines-taxane (AT) chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy (XRT) concurrent with cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and 5-fluorouracil (CMF) in surgically resected axillary node-positive (N+) breast cancer. A total of 200 women with N+ breast cancer were treated with(More)
At present, no therapeutic strategy is available to maintain responses achieved in patients treated with chemotherapy. This Phase IB study was aimed at identifying the optimal biological dose of chronic maintenance therapy using s.c. interleukin (IL) 2 and oral 13-cis retinoic acid (RA) in patients with either tumor stabilization or response to(More)
We have previously shown that low-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) and 13-cis-retinoic acid (13-cis-RA) improved lymphocyte and natural killer (NK) cell count of patients with advanced tumors showing a clinical benefit from chemotherapy. The primary endpoint of this study was to ask whether IL-2 and 13-cis-RA improved (-0%) lymphocyte and NK cell count in patients(More)
High serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) are a poor prognostic factor for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We have previously shown that low-dose interleukin (IL)-2 and 13-cis retinoic acid (RA) decreased VEGF and improved the immune function of patients with advanced tumors treated with chemotherapy. The(More)