Arianna Martignetti

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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)
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)
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)
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)
A phase II clinical trial of subcutaneous recombinant Interleukin 2 (rIL-2) given by 5 days pulses followed by a 9 days rest has been performed in patients affected by renal cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma and colorectal cancer. A total of 25 patients entered the study, completed at least six courses of treatment, and were evaluable for toxicity and(More)
Thymomas are relatively slow-growing neoplasms that should be considered malignant tumours. When treated in the early stages, however, they have an excellent prognosis for long-term survival. Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy all play a role in the management of these neoplasms. Surgery is the treatment of choice in thymoma patients and has become(More)
Thymomas are rare neoplasms that are usually associated with parathymic syndromes, pure red cell aplasia, myasthenia gravis, hypogammaglobulinaemia and other mainly immunological disorders. Therefore, the management of thymoma patients is often complex and presents many diagnostic and therapeutic issues. Controversies concerning the definition of the(More)
Although the subjective nature of quality of life perception is generally accepted, less attention has been paid to the procedure of selecting domains to be explored with questionnaires. In most cases domains are selected by panel of experts. It is not known whether these domains are relevant for the patients. Moreover, questionnaires developed in 'foreign'(More)
To increase the dose-intensity of two drugs in metastatic breast cancer, we tested the feasibility, in phase I studies, of two schedules of epirubicin (E) and cyclophosphamide (C) - sequential (E--> C) and alternating (E/C) - with respect to the standard combination (EC). Drugs were given at three planned-dose levels, plus either G-CSF or GM-CSF. Patients(More)