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BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death. Many treatments have been proposed but considerable uncertainty still remains about their effectiveness. In this review we evaluated the quality, clinical coherence, consistency and results of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) of non-surgical treatments for HCC. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the quality of patients care, a set of indicators of the standards of cancer care were defined. DESIGN SETTING PARTICIPANTS We developed a set of indicators to assess the implementation in daily practice of recommendation produced by a regional network (Istituto Toscano Tumori). This set was tested in a retrospective study in(More)
BACKGROUND Within the framework of a multi-annual educational intervention sponsored by the Ministry of Health and regional health authorities, patterns of the care delivered to breast cancer patients in Italian general hospitals were monitored in order to identify areas of practice whose quality was in need of improvement. DESIGN Information on the(More)
PURPOSE Capecitabine is an oral fluoropyrimidine with considerable activity and minimal myelosuppression and alopecia. This phase I study evaluated the addition of capecitabine to epirubicin/docetaxel combination therapy as first-line treatment for advanced breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-three female patients with advanced breast cancer(More)
AIM We evaluated the effect of the 45-kD protein of Trichinella spiralis (gp45), purified by affinity chromatography, on random migration and chemotaxis, the oxidative metabolism of human neutrophils and on the CD11b upregulation induced by formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (f-MLP). METHODS Donor neutrophils incubated with different amounts of gp45(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether paclitaxel and docetaxel influence the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of epirubicin. PATIENTS AND METHODS We studied the pharmacokinetics and biotransformation patterns of epirubicin in 27 cycles and 20 breast cancer patients. Four patients received epirubicin alone 90 mg/m(2) by intravenous (IV) bolus; eight patients(More)
To assess appropriateness of surgical care delivered to breast cancer patients in Italy and quantify the use of unnecessary radical procedures, a retrospective charts review of patients treated in 1988-1989 was conducted. A series of 1724 consecutive patients (median age 61 years; range 17-89) treated in 63 hospitals selected from within 8 regions with(More)
The phenotypical and functional properties of circulating neutrophils from ten patients suffering from intermediate- and high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma were investigated before and after rhG-CSF administration (5 micrograms/kg/day subcutaneously for 5 days). The following parameters were studied: flow cytometry evaluation of surface CD32, CD16, CD11b and(More)