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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)
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)
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)
Background: Brain metastases are frequently encountered in Her2 positive advanced breast cancer. It is still not clear, if trastuzumab treatment should be continued following their diagnosis. In this analysis we evaluated if trastuzumab was able to influence time to in-brain progression (TTP) and overall survival (OS). For this reason, we compared patients(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)
OBJECTIVE To investigate how often a prolongation of the activated partial thromboplastin time in critically ill patients is caused by lupus anticoagulants and to identify possible triggering events. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Internal medicine intensive care unit (University Hospital of Vienna, Vienna, Austria). PATIENTS Fifty-one critically(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)
Anthracyclines and taxanes are to date the most active cytotoxic agents in the treatment of breast cancer, and a combination of these is therefore considered to result in the highest response rates in the neoadjuvant, as well as in palliative treatment. These two phase II studies aimed to evaluate the feasibility, toxicity and activity of a cytostatic(More)
BACKGROUND Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a distinct entity with specific clinical and pathologic features that may affect diverse organs. MALT-lymphomas remain localized within their original environment for a long period of time. As recent data have demonstrated a relatively high rate of multiorgan involvement at diagnosis, the(More)