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PURPOSE The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy and safety of gemcitabine and oxaliplatin combination chemotherapy as first-line therapy in patients with inoperable biliary tract cancer (BTC). METHODS The treatment of this non-randomized phase II study consisted of gemcitabine 1,000 mg/m(2) intravenously (i.v.) on day 1 and oxaliplatin 85(More)
This study investigated the safety and effectiveness of each type of central venous catheters (CVC) in patients with cancer. We prospectively enrolled patients with cancer who underwent catheterization involving a subclavian venous catheter (SVC), peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC), or chemo-port (CP) in our department. From March 2007 to(More)
PURPOSE This phase II clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the activity and safety of a combination treatment of paclitaxel (Genexol®) plus carboplatin in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Chemotherapy-naïve patients having histologically confirmed advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer were enrolled.(More)
We investigated the role of fasting hormones and pro-inflammatory cytokines in cancer patients. Hormones (ghrelin, adiponectin, and leptin) and cytokines (TNF-α, IFN-γ, and IL-6) were measured by ELISA or RIA in lung cancer and colorectal cancer patients before the administration of cancer therapy, and measurements were repeated every 2 months for 6 months.(More)
BACKGROUND Gastric cancer with bone marrow metastases is known to pursue a rapidly deteriorating clinical course. We conducted a retrospective analysis to evaluate clinical manifestations and prognosis of gastric cancer patients with bone marrow metastases. METHODS Between September 1994 and February 2006, 39 gastric cancer patients with pathologically(More)
PURPOSE We retrospectively determined the efficacy and safety of the combination of oxaliplatin, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and folinic acid (FA) as first-line chemotherapy for patients with metastatic or recurrent gastric cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between January 2006 and August 2009, 39 patients with histologically-confirmed, metastatic or recurrent(More)