Christoph Rochlitz

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BACKGROUND Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-I) signalling is important for cancer initiation and progression. Given the emerging evidence for the role of the stroma in these processes, we aimed to characterize the effects of IGF-I on cancer cells and stromal cells separately. METHODS We used an ex vivo culture model and measured gene expression changes(More)
Purpose: We aimed to explore the efficacy of 90 Y-DOTA) ^ Tyr 3-octreotide (TOC) therapy in advanced medullary thyroid cancer. Experimental Design: In a phase II trial, we investigated the response, survival, and long-term safety profile of systemic [ 90 Y-DOTA]-TOC treatment in metastasized medullary thyroid cancer. Adverse events were assessed according(More)
The gene for the transducer of transforming growth factor-beta/bone morphogenetic protein signalling SMAD4, a potential suppressor of colorectal carcinogenesis, is located at the chromosomal region 18q21. In order to evaluate the clinical relevance of SMAD4 deletion, gene copy alterations were determined by copy dosage using real-time quantitative PCR in(More)
PURPOSE Angiogenesis is a key process in tumor progression. By binding VEGF, VEGF receptor-2 (VEGFR2) is a main signaling transducer in tumor-associated angiogenesis. Accordingly, therapeutic approaches against the VEGF/VEGFR2 signaling axis have been designed. However, an efficient and specific chemotherapeutic targeting of tumor-associated endothelial(More)
The objective of the trial is to evaluate the efficacy of capecitabine in patients with metastatic hormone-resistant prostate carcinoma (HRPC), in terms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response and clinical benefit (decrease of pain or analgesic score) and its safety profile. In all, 25 patients with HRPC were enrolled on a phase II trial of capecitabine(More)
BACKGROUND Bone metastasis is a main cause of morbidity in breast cancer. Since breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease, the interactions of cancer cells with the skeletal host cells might also be diverse. We hypothesized that gene expression signatures induced by heterotypic interaction of breast cancer cells and osteoblasts might be of clinical(More)
It has been proposed that nm23-H1, a candidate suppressor gene for metastasis, plays an important role in metastasis formation of human tumours. In order to investigate its role in the progression of colorectal cancer, we analysed 22 liver metastases of this malignancy with respect to mutational changes, loss of heterozygosity and expression levels of(More)
BACKGROUND pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) and bevacizumab are active agents in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer (MBC). We carried out a multicenter, single-arm phase II trial to evaluate the toxicity and efficacy of PLD and bevacizumab as first-line treatment in MBC patients. METHODS bevacizumab (10 mg/kg) and PLD (20 mg/m(2)) were infused(More)
Cells of a patient with Turcot's syndrome and of her parents were evaluated for the presence of molecular alterations in the p53 and the Ki-ras gene. Deletions on chromosome 17p, overexpression and point mutations of the p53 gene as well as mutations of the Ki-ras gene were detected in primary and metastatic tumour but not in the germline of the patient nor(More)
BACKGROUND Potential risks of intrathecal catheters in cancer patients include infection, bleeding, and neurologic injury. METHODS A systematic review and a pooled analysis of observational studies were performed. Articles reporting on adverse events (infections, bleeding, granuloma, and death) associated with intrathecal catheters and external pumps in(More)