Branko Zakotnik

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PURPOSE In a prospective randomized clinical study, simultaneous postoperative application of irradiation (RT), mitomycin C, and bleomycin was tested in a group of patients with operable advanced head-and-neck carcinoma. It was expected that the planned combined postoperative therapy would reduce the number of locoregional recurrences and prolong survival.(More)
AIM To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of preoperative chemoradiotherapy with capecitabine in locally advanced rectal cancer. METHODS Between June 2004 and January 2005, 57 patients with operable, clinical stage II-III adenocarcinoma of the rectum entered the prospective phase II study. Radiation dose was 45 Gy (25x1.8 Gy). Concurrent chemotherapy with(More)
BACKGROUND Osteosarcoma patients are commonly treated with cisplatin-based preoperative and postoperative chemotherapy. Cisplatin binds to DNA and forms both intrastrand and interstrand crosslinks, inhibiting DNA replication. Glutathione-S-transferases (GSTs) participate in cisplatin detoxification, while several independent DNA repair mechanisms repair(More)
P-glycoprotein (P-gp), a membrane protein that was originally found to be involved in the efflux of cytotoxic drugs out of the tumor cells, is also present in a variety of normal human and animal tissues, such as the adrenal cortex. The function of P-gp in the adrenal cortex has not been defined yet. The aim of our study was to determine whether the(More)
In this paper, we describe the first practical application of two methods, which bridge the gap between the non-expert user and machine learning models. The first is a method for explaining classifiers’ predictions, which provides the user with additional information about the decision-making process of a classifier. The second is a reliability estimation(More)
BACKGROUND Gemcitabine is a potent cytotoxic agent used in the treatment of many solid tumours, sarcomas and lymphomas. Vascular toxicity and thrombotic events related to gemcitabine seem to be underreported. CASE REPORT We report two cases of gemcitabine related digital ischemic events. Case 1. A 65-year-old man was given the first-line treatment with(More)
OBJECTIVES Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone malignancy that occurs mostly in adolescents. Treatment protocols usually include multiagent preoperative and postoperative chemotherapy based on methotrexate, cisplatin, doxorubicin and ifosfamide. Despite a favourable prognosis, there are considerable interindividual differences in treatment outcome.(More)
PURPOSE Prospectively designed randomized clinical study was undertaken to assess the efficacy of simultaneous application of irradiation, Mitomycin C, and Bleomycin in treatment of patients with inoperable head and neck carcinoma. METHODS AND MATERIALS Between March 1991 and October 1993, 49 patients with inoperable head and neck carcinoma were randomly(More)
Adjuvant treatments reduce the risk for recurrence and death from breast cancer; but even 10-15 years after diagnosis, these risks persist. The aim of our study was to identify prognostic factors for relapse and death in the second decade after primary surgery. Patients with early breast cancer treated from 1983-1987 (n=1035) were included. Patients'(More)
INTRODUCTION Testicular cancer affects men mostly in their reproductive age with a cure rate over 90% and fertility is one of the main concerns of survivors. To further elucidate the question of fertility after treatment for testicular cancer, we performed a survey in patients treated in our institution. PATIENTS AND METHODS We sent a questionnaire to(More)