Branimir Jakšić

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PURPOSE We conducted a randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous alemtuzumab compared with chlorambucil in first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients received alemtuzumab (30 mg three times per week, for up to 12 weeks) or chlorambucil (40 mg/m(2) every 28 days, for up to 12 months).(More)
We conducted a prospective, multicenter pilot study of remission induction therapy in patients with poor prognosis MDS and AML evolving from a preceding phase of MDS. Fifty evaluable patients from 15 institutions were treated with one or two remission-induction courses consisting of i.v. idarubicin 12 mg/m2/day on days 1, 2, and 3 combined with a continuous(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is an incurable and chronic disorder, with worsening prognosis for patients as their disease progresses. We compared the efficacy and safety of the combination of fludarabine and alemtuzumab with fludarabine monotherapy in previously treated patients with relapsed or refractory CLL. METHODS Patients (aged ≥(More)
PURPOSE Obinutuzumab (GA101), a novel glycoengineered type II anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, demonstrated responses in single-arm studies of patients with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is the first prospective, randomized study comparing safety and efficacy of obinutuzumab with rituximab in relapsed indolent lymphoma. The primary end point(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years, much attention has been paid to the possible efficacy of intensive chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced, progressive B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. For this reason, the International Society for Chemo-Immunotherapy, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Cooperative Group, has begun a randomized multicenter trial(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES In the EORTC ALL-3 trial, the efficacy of allogeneic transplantation was compared with that of autologous marrow transplantation and maintenance chemotherapy in patients <or= 50 years who reached CR. DESIGN AND METHODS Among 340 patients who entered the study, 279 were <or=50 years old. Out of these, 220 reached CR, 184 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Gram-positive pathogens can cause serious infections in neutropenic patients with cancer, and vancomycin therapy is often initiated empirically. Linezolid may offer an option for these patients. METHODS To compare the safety and efficacy of linezolid and vancomycin in febrile, neutropenic patients with cancer, we conducted a double-blind,(More)
Relatively few cases of Epstein-Barr (EBV)-positive B-cell lymphomas arising in patients with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) have been reported. We report a case of AITL in which diffuse large B-cell lymphoma arose 13 months after the initial diagnosis of AITL. In a 36-year-old female patient, evaluated for moderate leukocytosis, peripheral and(More)
BACKGROUND Corticosteroids are a standard component of the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoblastic lymphoma. Our aim was to determine whether dexamethasone results in a better outcome than prednisolone. DESIGN AND METHODS Adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia or lymphoblastic lymphoma were randomized to receive, as part of(More)
dependent on iron delivery to developing erythrocytes; increased transferrin saturation may be essential to deliver iron when DMT1 activity is diminished. Thus, even if medications that increase hepcidin levels become available for treatment of iron overload, they may not benefit DMT1 patients because increased plasma hepcidin level would limit release of(More)