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The value of an inflammation-based prognostic score (Glasgow Prognostic score, GPS) was compared with performance status (ECOG-ps) in a longitudinal study of patients (n=101) with inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). At diagnosis, stratified for treatment, only the GPS (HR 2.32, 95% CI 1.52-3.54, P<0.001) was a significant predictor of survival.(More)
We have investigated P-glycoprotein (P-gp) expression in samples of primary breast cancer from 29 patients before therapy. We employed immunohistochemical techniques using two monoclonal antibodies (C219 and MRK16) and an indirect alkaline phosphatase method. Heterogeneous expression in epithelial cells was detected with both C219 (21 of 29) and MRK16 (16(More)
Treatment and survival of patients with inoperable Non-small-cell lung cancer in 1997 (n=117) and 2001 (n=126), before and after the introduction of a multidisciplinary team, was examined in a single centre. There were no differences in age, sex and extent of deprivation between the two years. However, in 2001, 23% of patients received chemotherapy(More)
The relationship between oestrogen receptor (RE) content of primary breast cancer and subsequent prognosis was examined with regard to nodal status. It was found that, within a particular nodal group, patients with tumours containing fully functional RE experienced a longer disease-free interval than those with RE- disease. An earlier observation that RE-(More)
Advanced gastrointestinal cancer patients with weight loss and an acute-phase response (n = 15) were given megestrol acetate (480 mg day(-1)) and ibuprofen (1200 mg day(-1)) for 6 weeks. Overall, there was an increase in body weight (P = 0.01) and a reduction in C-reactive protein concentrations (P = 0.02), with no change in total body water (P = 0.24) over(More)
Many colorectal liver metastases are hypovascular, and their low level of perfusion is associated with limited drug uptake and poor response rates with regional chemotherapy. We have previously shown that hepatic arterial vasoconstrictors may increase drug delivery to liver tumours, but the underlying haemodynamic changes have not been defined. Using(More)
A score based on the combination of the systemic inflammatory response and albumin hazards ratio (HR) 1.70, 95% CI 1.23 - 2.35, P=0.001) was comparable in prognostic value to that based on stage and performance status (HR 1.48, 95% CI 1.12 - 1.95, P=0.006) in patients with inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer. The former is simple to measure and well(More)
The presence of a systemic inflammatory response predicted cancer-specific (HR 2.55, 95% CI 1.22-5.32, P<0.05) and overall survival (HR 2.12, 95% CI 1.17-3.87, P<0.05), independent of Dukes stage, in patients who had undergone apparently curative surgery for colorectal cancer (n=158). Deprivation predicted overall survival (HR 1.26, 95% CI 1.04-1.51,(More)
The relationship between the magnitude of systemic inflammatory response and the nutritional/functional parameters in patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer were studied. The extent of weight loss, albumin, C-reactive protein, performance status and quality of life was measured in 106 patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer (stages(More)
Markers of the inflammatory response, interleukin 6, C-reactive protein, albumin and full blood count, were measured in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients (n = 21) with and without weight loss ( > 5%). There were significant increases in circulating C-reactive protein (P < 0.001), interleukin 6 (P < 0.01) and platelets (P < 0.01) in the(More)