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A prospective study of a series of 77 patients on adjuvant radiochemotherapy following surgery for high-grade gliomas was conducted to evaluate the risk of deep vein thrombosis and identify risk factors. We found a 20.8% risk of deep vein thrombosis at 12 months (standard error = 4.8%) and a 31.7% risk (standard error = 7.4%) at 24 months (Kaplan-Meier… (More)
BACKGROUND Hilar cholangiocarcinoma (Klatskin tumor-KT) accounts for about 0.5-1.5% of all gastrointestinal cancers and for 40-60% of all biliary malignancies. Tumor resection is attainable in about 30-50% of patients. When resection is not possible other treatment options have little or no impact on survival. We present the results of hypofractionated… (More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the present study was to investigate the therapeutic effectiveness of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon (IFN), either alone or in combination, in comparable groups of patients affected by advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS In order to limit selection biases, treatment was allocated on a random basis.… (More)
Starting from in vitro studies suggesting synergistic antitumour activity against renal cell cancer (RCC) of recombinant interleukin-2 (rIL-2) and alpha-interferon (IFN), a phase II trial was initiated to test the clinical activity of this combination. The two cytokines were administered sequentially, with the aim of reducing the risk of additive toxicity… (More)
We report a case of cystadenocarcinoma occurring in a pregnant woman. After child birth, a subtotal pancreatectomy was performed, without rupture of the cyst. The patient is asymptomatic, 24 months after surgery. The presentation of cystadenocarcinoma in pregnancy has been reported in another single case. The possibility of hormonal dependence is discussed.
AIMS AND BACKGROUND MRCC responds poorly to usual treatments. Recently floxuridine (FUDR) has been administered by chronomodulated infusion, obtaining interesting results. In order to simplify the infusion, we used continuous non chronomodulated infusion. METHODS We treated 17 patients affected by MRCC with continuous non chronomodulated infusion of FUDR.… (More)
BACKGROUND Metastatic renal cell carcinoma is a "capricious" tumor. Many prognostic factors have been evaluated, treatment is still controversial, and results are not coincident. METHODS We reviewed 156 patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Survival from the time of diagnosis was the end point of the study. The influence on survival of age, sex,… (More)