Catharina C. Wenzel

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The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and toxicity of a combination of dacarbazine (D) and fotemustine (F) administered to a homogenous group of patients with recurrent or progressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Thirty-one patients with computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scan evidence of recurrent or progressive GBM after(More)
Capecitabine is a novel fluoropyrimidine carbamate which is selectively activated after oral administration to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) by a sequential triple enzyme pathway in liver and tumor cells. The cytotoxic activity of the metabolized 5-FU depends on thymidylate synthase (TS) inhibition, leading to defective DNA synthesis. Capecitabine has shown(More)
PURPOSE Preoperative (neoadjuvant) chemotherapy for operable breast cancer downstages tumors initially not suitable for breast-conserving surgery. A pathologic complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy may be a surrogate for longer overall survival, but this beneficial effect remains to be established. This phase III trial evaluated whether(More)
PURPOSE It has been hypothesized that response to endocrine therapy for breast cancer depends on Her2 and progesterone receptor status, grading, and tumor proliferation rate. In this study, we evaluated factors that are potentially predictive of response and time to progression in patients treated with fulvestrant. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN One hundred(More)
PURPOSE In human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER-2)-positive advanced breast cancer, taxanes or vinorelbine plus trastuzumab are among the most widely applied options in the first-line setting. We evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of capecitabine plus trastuzumab after anthracycline and docetaxel or vinorelbine failure and prior trastuzumab exposure.(More)
BACKGROUND Brain metastases have evolved from a rare to a frequently encountered event in advanced breast cancer due to advances in palliative systemic treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS All Patients treated at our centre from 1994 to 2004 with WBRT for brain metastases from breast cancer were included. We performed a multivariate analysis (Cox regression)(More)
Abstract Purpose. Anthracyclines and taxanes are the most active cytotoxic agents in the treatment of breast cancer. Based on observations with weekly administration of paclitaxel which results in better tolerability and higher dose intensity as compared with 3-weekly schedules, we designed a phase I/II trial with weekly epidoxorubicin and docetaxel (wED)(More)
Preoperative chemotherapy in patients with primary breast cancer treated with anthracyclines and taxanes results in high response rates, allowing breast conserving surgery (BCS) in patients primarily not suitable for this procedure. Pathological responses are important prognostic parameters for progression free and overall survival. We questioned the impact(More)
Background. In primary breast cancer, the expression levels of biological markers relevant to the progression of the disease may be altered by administration of anticancer drugs. Since neoadjuvant chemotherapy with epirubicin and docetaxel is increasingly used in advanced breast cancer, our purpose was to assess the influence of this neoadjuvant(More)
Introduction: We evaluated the efficacy of oral vinorelbine (OV) (Navelbine oral® Boeringer-Ingelheim Austria) in patients with advanced breast cancer as first-line therapy or after progressing under earlier line chemotherapies alone or in combination with trastuzumab (T). Patients and methods: Seventy-eight patients [median age: 63.5 years (y), range (r):(More)