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This phase III randomized study compared concurrent cisplatin-radiotherapy (CRT) versus radiotherapy (RT) alone in patients with locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma. A total of 350 patients were randomly assigned to receive external RT alone or concurrently with cisplatin at a dosage of 40 mg/m(2) weekly. The primary endpoint was overall(More)
PURPOSE To compare the toxicities, tumor control, survival, and quality of life of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) patients treated with sequential neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by concurrent cisplatin-radiotherapy (CRT) or CRT alone. PATIENTS AND METHODS Previously untreated stage III to IVB NPC were randomly assigned to (1) neoadjuvant docetaxel 75(More)
BACKGROUND Single-agent doxorubicin has been widely used to treat unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the response rate is low (< 20%) and there is no convincing evidence for improved survival. Cisplatin, interferon, doxorubicin, and fluorouracil (PIAF) used in combination, by contrast, has shown promise in a phase II study. We compared(More)
BACKGROUND Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA can be detected and quantified in the plasma of patients with EBV-related tumors, such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Although NPC at early stages can be cured by radical radiotherapy, there is a high recurrence rate in patients with advanced NPC. The pretreatment level of circulating EBV DNA is a prognostic(More)
Tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) often locate at chromosomal regions with frequent deletions in tumors. Loss of 16q23 occurs frequently in multiple tumors, indicating the presence of critical TSGs at this locus, such as the well-studied WWOX. Herein, we found that ADAMTS18, located next to WWOX, was significantly downregulated in multiple carcinoma cell lines.(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate efficacy and toxicity of cetuximab plus carboplatin in recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) resistant to platinum treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS A multicenter, open-label, single-arm, phase II study in patients with epidermal growth factor receptor-expressing NPC who progressed on or within 12 months after(More)
PURPOSE To assess the efficacy of neoadjuvant paclitaxel and carboplatin (TC) followed by concurrent cisplatin and radiotherapy (RT) in patients with locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and to monitor treatment response with plasma Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty-one patients with International Union Against(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether the use of whole-body (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/CT alters staging and management of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) when compared with current staging practice. 52 patients with Stage III-IV NPC without distant metastases on chest X-ray/CT, abdominal ultrasound(More)
BACKGROUND This study prospectively examines the prognostic role of p53 oncoprotein (p53), Ki67-antigen (Ki67), tumor angiogenesis (MVD), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and HER2 receptor protein (HER2) expression in Chinese with undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS Seventy-eight Chinese were recruited from October 1995 to(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effect of combining circulating Epstein-Barr viral (EBV) DNA load data with TNM staging data in pretherapy prognostication of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Three hundred seventy-six patients with all stages of NPC were studied. Pretreatment plasma/serum EBV DNA concentrations were quantified by a polymerase(More)