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This study investigated cetuximab added to definitive concurrent chemoradiation for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Previously untreated patients with stage II-IVa ESCC received cetuximab (400 mg/m(2) per week in week 1, then 250 mg/m(2) per week during weeks 2-8), paclitaxel (45 mg/m(2) per week) and cisplatin (20 mg/m(2) per week) in weeks(More)
We proposed to compare the outcomes of first-line epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) alone with EGFR-TKI plus whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) for the treatment of brain metastases (BM) in patients with EGFR-mutated lung adenocarcinoma. A total of 1665 patients were screened from 2008 to 2014, and 132 were enrolled in our(More)
Radiotherapy is an effective treatment for esophageal cancer; however, tumor resistance to radiation remains a major biological problem. The present study aimed to investigate whether inhibition of autophagy may decrease overall tumor resistance to radiation. The effects of the autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine (3-MA) on radiosensitivity were tested in(More)
There is cumulative evidence that stromal reaction in cancer has an important diagnostic and prognostic significance. The aims of this study were to analyze the expression of basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2), CD31, and α-smooth muscle actin (SMA) in esophageal cancer patients and to establish their significance as indicators of disease recurrence(More)
Autophagy is a bulk protein and organelle degradation process essential for cellular maintenance, cell viability and development. This study investigated the prognostic role of LC3 and Beclin-1, two autophagy-related proteins, in patients with locally advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) treated with definitive chemoradiation. The data of 150(More)
Treatment of unresectable nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains challenging. The epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors are promising for patients with aberrant epidermal growth factor receptor activation in tumors. However, little is known whether erlotinib alone could benefit patients with advanced NSCLC. Here, the authors(More)
To study the impact of radiotherapy combined with cisplatin plus paclitaxel chemotherapy on the immunologic functions in the patients with esophageal cancer, from July 2012 to September 2014, 82 patients of esophageal cancer which were receiving treatment in our hospital chose out for this research. Among them, 42 patients received radiotherapy only, as the(More)
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