Carlos A Alemañy

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OBJECTIVE An American Psychosocial Oncology Society workgroup has developed indicators of the quality of psychosocial care that can be measured through review of medical records. The present report describes the first large-scale use of these indicators to evaluate psychosocial care in outpatient medical oncology settings. METHODS Medical records of 1660(More)
PURPOSE Amrubicin is a synthetic anthracycline with potent topoisomerase II inhibition. This phase II study was conducted to confirm safety and activity of amrubicin in the treatment of refractory small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with refractory SCLC (either with progressive disease as best response or progression within 90(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and to evaluate tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and antitumor activity of etirinotecan pegol. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients with refractory solid malignancies were enrolled and assigned to escalating-dose cohorts. Patients received 1 infusion of etirinotecan pegol weekly 3 times(More)
PURPOSE Although most classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (CHL) patients are cured, a significant minority fails primary therapy and may die as a result of their disease. Age, stage, and other basic clinical and laboratory parameters, which comprise the International Prognostic Score (IPS), are used at diagnosis to predict outcome. To date, there is no consensus(More)
PURPOSE The Florida Initiative for Quality Cancer Care (FIQCC) comprises 11 Florida practice sites that participate in comprehensive reviews of quality of care specific to patients with cancer. Here, we examined site adherence to performance indicators to assess quality of care for patients with breast cancer (BC). METHODS Quality indicators were scripted(More)
Classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) and mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma (MLBL) have clinical, histopathologic, and molecular genetic similarities. MAL, a gene that encodes a protein associated with lipid rafts in T and epithelial cells, is overexpressed in a majority of MLBLs and has been reported in a minority of cHLs. To study the clinical(More)
BACKGROUND The concept behind cancer treatment has evolved over the past decade from systemic, nonspecific, high-dose chemotherapy to targeted therapy and the introduction of cancer vaccines. Advanced technology and a better understanding of the cellular mechanisms that control cancer biology have helped in the development of such targeted treatment. (More)
5034 Background: Perifosine, a synthetic alkylphospholipid, inhibits or modulates a number of different signal transduction pathways (AKT, MAPK and JNK). In a prior trial, 15 RCC patients (pts) were enrolled in a randomized dose finding study, 9 were evaluable for response and 3 (33%) had a partial response (PR). Thus phase II trials were begun for pts who(More)
BACKGROUND To the authors' knowledge, the prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency among patients with plasma cell dyscrasias (PCD) is largely unknown. Identifying this vitamin deficiency in such patients could help improve their anemia and increase their tolerance to potentially neurotoxic agents. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the charts and(More)
PURPOSE The Florida Initiative for Quality Cancer Care (FIQCC) was established to evaluate the quality of cancer care at the regional level across the state of Florida. This study assessed adherence to validated quality indicators in colorectal cancer (CRC) and the variability in adherence by practice site, volume, and patient age. METHODS The FIQCC is a(More)