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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether an oral nutritional supplement enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, micronutrients, and probiotics affected body weight (BW) changes, serum albumin and prealbumin levels in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) cachexia. STUDY DESIGN Sixty-eight HNC patients were randomly assigned to receive either an Ethanwell/Ethanzyme(More)
Anthracycline and taxane are classes of drugs that are frequently used in the adjuvant and palliative settings of metastatic breast cancer (MBC); however, treatment failure occurs in most cases. Limited data demonstrated favorable response in MBC after previous taxane-based treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of(More)
The two main goals of this phase-I study were to determine the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) and to characterize the toxicity of the combination of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD; Lipo-Dox) and paclitaxel (PTX) administered on a 3-week schedule in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) who had previously been treated with anthracycline-based(More)
This study was performed to determine the characteristics and clinical outcome of patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma in Taiwan. The medical records of patients with primary cutaneous melanoma between 1992 and 2001 at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) were retrieved from the cancer registry. Survival was analysed by the Kaplan-Meier method.(More)
BACKGROUND Although zoledronic acid (ZOL), a third-generation nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate, has been identified as an attractive therapeutic agent against breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma as well as small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), as best as we are aware, the anti-tumor effect of ZOL upon non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains to be(More)
BACKGROUND Although arsenic trioxide (ATO) has displayed anticancer activity against primary nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), its efficacy in metastatic NPC deserved further investigation because the biological/therapeutic difference in cancer cells probably exists between primary and distant sites. METHODS Two human metastatic NPC cell lines (NPC-BM1 and(More)
OBJECTIVES The main goal of end-of-life care is to achieve the best quality of life (QOL) for patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of (1) the patients' awareness of their prognosis, (2) the extent of patient-family caregiver congruence on the preferences for end-of-life care options, and (3) the perceived caregiving burden of(More)
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC), a rare and highly malignant tumor, has long been thought to arise from well-differentiated carcinoma (WDC) such as follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC) and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). The purpose of this study was to test this notion by examining whether and, if so, how often ATC harbors the oncogenes that are(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective phase II clinical trial evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of cisplatin, oral tegafur-uracil, leucovorin, and mitomycin C in patients with recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma. METHODS Patients with histologically proven non-keratinizing or undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma were prospectively enrolled from(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate the pretreatment copy number and the clearance rate of plasma Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA as novel prognostic outcome markers for metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS Seventy-three patients with metastatic NPC were treated at outpatient department. Plasma EBV DNA concentrations and half-life values of plasma viral(More)