Angelo Martignetti

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Although the subjective nature of quality of life is generally accepted, less attention has been paid to the procedure of selecting domains to be explored with questionnaires. To explore what contributes to cancer patients' quality of life, a survey was conducted with the aim of identifying contents of quality of life using cancer patients as 'experts'. A(More)
Skeletal metastases from thyroid cancer are poorly responsive to medical or radioiodine treatment. Bone destruction in skeletal metastases results from osteoclast-induced bone resorption. Therefore, a new approach in the therapy of bone metastases consists in using aminobisphosphonates, such as pamidronate, which are potent inhibitors of osteoclastic(More)
BACKGROUND Therapeutic options to cure advanced, recurrent, and metastatic thymic tumors are limited. Evidence of a high uptake of indium-labeled octreotide ((111)In-DTPA-D-Phe(1)-octreotide) in thymic tumors and the curative application of somatostatin analogs and prednisone in one patient with thymoma and pure red cell aplasia led the authors to start a(More)
Human thymoma is a neoplasm of thymic epithelial cells associated with several clinical syndromes ranging from autoimmune disease to immunodeficiency. The aim of our research was to investigate T cell-mediated immune response in patients with thymoma. Initially eight patients were enrolled in this study. Four patients underwent surgical removal of the(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Triple-negative breast cancer, defined by a lack of expression of estrogen, progesterone and HER-2 receptors, accounts for 15% of all types of breast cancer. The subtype mainly includes a molecularly distinct subgroup, the basal-like subtype (accounting for 75% of all cases). We attempt to define triple-negative breast cancer and compare(More)
Screening cDNA libraries from solid human tumors with sera of autologous patients (SEREX) has proven to be a powerful approach to identifying tumor antigens recognized by the humoral arm of the immune system. In many cases, application of this methodology has led to the discovery of novel tumor antigens as unknown gene products. We tried to improve the(More)
We describe a case of intracranial haemangioendothelioma in a 20-year old female patient who presented severe neurological symptoms and relapsed after two surgical interventions. The patient was treated with low doses of recombinant interferon alpha-2b (1 MUI three times a week) after surgical resection which led to recovery of daily function and work(More)
BACKGROUND Gefitinib, an orally active inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase, combined with chemotherapy, has shown efficacy as second-line treatment for advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). Gefitinib combined with FOLFOX6 (oxaliplatin plus folinic acid and 5-fluorouracil) was tested as a first-line therapy. METHODS Patients(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic subcutaneous rIL-2 at low doses produces long-lasting immunomodulatory effects and is considered an effective treatment for renal cell carcinoma with marginal activity in malignant melanoma and colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS In this study we evaluated, by Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the psychological(More)
At present, no effective therapy is available for hepatocellular carcinoma, when local treatments have failed. We reported the results obtained with prolonged, ultra-low-dose (1 MIU/d until progression), subcutaneous interleukin-2 (IL-2) in a series of 18 consecutive patients (14 men and 4 women, median age 66 years, range 49-82 years) with advanced,(More)