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BACKGROUND We explored the correlation between serum human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) extracellular domain (ECD) and tissue HER2 status, their relationship with clinicopathological parameters and their impact on disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival in early breast cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS This prospective trial(More)
Synergism between anti-HER2 monoclonal antibody (trastuzumab) and paclitaxel has been shown in vitro and in vivo. In previous experiences, weekly administration of trastuzumab and paclitaxel has shown significant activity in metastatic breast cancer. In this phase II study, we evaluated the activity and the toxicity of this weekly regimen in anthracycline-(More)
The analgesic efficacy and toxicity of oral diclofenac sodium 50 mg (q.i.d.) vs. nefopam 60 mg (q.i.d.) and a combination of 640 mg ASA and 40 mg codeine (q.i.d.) in cancer patients with moderate to severe chronic pain has been evaluated in a randomized double-blind study. Planned duration of treatment was 10 days. Pain intensity was evaluated by a visual(More)
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