Chiara Matilde Catania

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PURPOSE Complete surgical resection is the standard treatment for localized breast phyllodes tumors. Post-surgical treatments are still a matter of debate. We carried out an overview of the literature to investigate the clinical outcome of patients with phyllodes tumor. A retrospective analysis of mono-institutional series has been included as well. (More)
BACKGROUND Patients invited to take part in a clinical trial may evoke an archetype on which they may base their decision of adherence to participation, instead of on the study itself. METHODS A 17-item, multiple choice questionnaire was developed, tested and then administered to 102 Italian-speaking patients with advanced lung or breast cancers who had(More)
INTRODUCTION Mutations of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) have been proven to predict activity of the EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKI), gefitinib and erlotinib. Although the "common" EGFR mutations, such as the L858R point mutation in exon 21 and the in-frame deletional mutation in exon 19, have been definitively associated with(More)
We developed and pilot tested a 12-item questionnaire, to approach the issue of patients’ perception on efficacy of oral chemotherapy. An additional question was on ‘trade-off’ between treatment efficacy and the ease of oral administration. The motivating underlying hypothesis was that oral drugs might be perceived by patients as less effective than when(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of brain metastases (BM) is apparently rising in patients with advanced breast cancer (ABC). We performed a case control study to define current features of breast cancer related to central nervous system (CNS) metastases. PATIENTS AND METHODS From March 1999 to May 2006, we identified 72 patients with symptomatic BM of breast(More)
BACKGROUND A 29-year-old woman was diagnosed with lymph-node-positive, steroid-hormone-receptor-negative and HER2/neu-positive breast cancer. She underwent surgery followed by cyclophosphamide, epirubicin, and 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy, and received radiotherapy followed by trastuzumab therapy for 1 year. During the tenth month of trastuzumab therapy, the(More)
The discovery of EML4-ALK fusion gene in a subgroup of patients with lung adenocarcinoma led to the development of a new class of agents, the ALK inhibitors, and dramatically improved the clinical outcome of these patients. The striking results from clinical trials with crizotinib, the first ALK inhibitor evaluated, allowed the accelerated approval of(More)
Purpose: NGR-hTNF exploits the tumor-homing peptide asparagine-glycine-arginine (NGR) for selectively targeting TNF-a to an aminopeptidase N overexpressed on cancer endothelial cells. Preclinical synergism with cisplatin was displayed even at low doses. This study primarily aimed to explore the safety of low-dose NGR-hTNF combined with cisplatin in(More)
PURPOSE A phase I study was performed to determine the maximal tolerated dose, recommended doses (RDs), safety and efficacy of oral vinorelbine when combined with capecitabine in an all-oral chemotherapy regimen in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), with pharmacokinetic blood sampling to investigate potential drug-drug interactions. PATIENTS(More)