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BACKGROUND Most patients with lymph node-negative breast cancer are cured by locoregional treatment; however, about 30% relapse. Because traditional histomorphologic and clinical factors fail to identify the high-risk patients who may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy, other prognostic factors are needed. In a unicenter study, we have found that levels of(More)
BACKGROUND Defining risk categories in breast cancer is of considerable clinical significance. We have developed a novel risk classification algorithm and compared its prognostic utility to the Web-based tool Adjuvant! and to the St Gallen risk classification. PATIENTS AND METHODS After a median follow-up of 10 years, we retrospectively analyzed 410(More)
AIM Final 10-year analysis of the prospective randomised Chemo-N0 trial is presented. Based on the Chemo-N0 interim results and an European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) pooled analysis (n=8377), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Onkologie (AGO) guidelines recommend invasion and(More)
The plasminogen activator system is a complex system with multiple interactions and members participating in fibrinolysis, cell migration, angiogenesis, wound healing, embryogenesis, tumor cell dissemination, and metastasis in a variety of solid tumors. Increased levels of uPA and/or PAI-1 in primary tumor tissues of breast cancer patients correlate with(More)
BACKGROUND First-line bevacizumab combined with chemotherapy significantly improves efficacy versus chemotherapy alone in human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer (LR/mBC). This large, open-label study further assesses first-line bevacizumab with taxane-based chemotherapy in routine oncology(More)
BACKGROUND Taxane-based adjuvant chemotherapy is standard in node-positive (N+) early breast cancer (BC). The magnitude of benefit in intermediate-risk N+ early BC is still unclear. WSG-AGO epiribicine and cyclophosphamide (EC)-Doc is a large trial evaluating modern taxane-based chemotherapy in patients with 1-3 positive lymph nodes (LNs) only. PATIENTS(More)
Human parvovirus B19 can persist in immunocompromised patients and may produce severe clinical illness. In this retrospective study the incidence of B19-associated infections in bone marrow transplant patients was investigated. During 1 year 60 patients received bone marrow grafts (eight autografts and 52 allogeneic transplantations). In case of early(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence, clinical signs and radiological features of breast lymphoma. METHODS This is a retrospective review of 36 patients with breast lymphoma (22 primary and 14 secondary). 35 patients were female and 1 was male; their median age was 65 years (range 24-88 years). In all patients, the(More)
Extravasation and intravasation of solid malignant tumors is controlled by attachment of tumor cells to components of the basement membrane and the extracellular matrix, by local proteolysis and tumor cell migration. Strong clinical and experimental evidence has accumulated that the tumor-associated serine protease plasmin, its activator uPA (urokinase-type(More)