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PURPOSE The Avastin in Gastric Cancer (AVAGAST) trial was a multinational, randomized, placebo-controlled trial designed to evaluate the efficacy of adding bevacizumab to capecitabine-cisplatin in the first-line treatment of advanced gastric cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients received bevacizumab 7.5 mg/kg or placebo followed by cisplatin 80 mg/m(2) on(More)
This prospective, parallel-group, dose-escalation study evaluated the cardiac safety of trastuzumab (Herceptin) plus epirubicin/cyclophosphamide (EC) in women with human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and determined an epirubicin dose for further evaluation. HER2-positive patients received standard-dose(More)
LBA4007 Background: The median survival for patients (pts) with AGC in most phase III studies is less than 1 year. The addition of bevacizumab (bev) to chemotherapy (chemo) is supported by a strong preclinical rationale and by phase II evaluation. AVAGAST is the first randomized study to compare the efficacy and safety of bev + chemo vs placebo + chemo. (More)
PURPOSE The AVAGAST study showed that adding bevacizumab to chemotherapy in patients with advanced gastric cancer improves progression-free survival and tumor response rate but not overall survival. To examine the hypothesis that angiogenic markers may have predictive value for bevacizumab efficacy in gastric cancer, AVAGAST included a prospective,(More)
BACKGROUND Bevacizumab (Avastin) significantly improves overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) when combined with first-line irinotecan (IFL) plus bolus 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin (LV) in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). This open-label, phase IV trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of first-line bevacizumab(More)
Despite the best conservative measures available for the control of major variceal hemorrhage, some patients either continue to bleed, or rebleed early, and require emergency surgery. One hundred patients with cirrhosis and uncontrolled bleeding were treated with emergency portasystemic shunts between 1968 and 1983. Fifty eight patients had end-to-side(More)
3544 Background: Bevacizumab is a monoclonal antibody that, by inhibiting VEGF, inhibits tumour angiogenesis. It has been proven to improve overall (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) when administered first-line in combination with the bolus 5-FU-based IFL regimen to patients with metastatic colorectal cancer [Hurwitz et al. NEJM 2004;350:2335-42]. We(More)
4119 Background: A difference in median overall survival (OS) of 2 months between treatment arms was observed in AVAGAST, but the result was not significant. However, significant differences in OS between regions were seen, with more benefit in the region with poorer survival. Furthermore, multiple Cox-regression analysis for OS revealed 5 covariates with(More)
This study was designed to evaluate the cardiac safety of the combined treatment of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer patients with trastuzumab (Herceptin) plus epirubicin and cyclophosphamide (EC) in comparison with EC alone in HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer patients. Patients included those with metastatic breast cancer without any prior(More)