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Wasting is a major complication of advanced head and neck cancer and the aim of this study was to compare nasogastric tube feeding (NG) and percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy (PFG) in these patients. The goal of these two methods of nutritional support was to improve or maintain the initial nutritional status during treatment. A total of 90 patients, all(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The heterogeneous nature of breast cancer can make decisions on adjuvant chemotherapy following surgical resection challenging. Oncotype DX is a validated gene expression profiling test that predicts the likelihood of adjuvant chemotherapy benefit in early-stage breast cancer. The aim of this study is to determine the costs of(More)
Well-differentiated liposarcomas (WDLPS) and dedifferentiated liposarcomas are cytogenetically characterized by the presence of supernumerary ring or giant chromosomes containing amplified material from the 12q14-15 region. These chromosomes contain neocentromeres, which are able to bind the kinetochore proteins and to ensure a stable mitotic transmission(More)
BACKGROUND Docetaxel is a well-recognized drug in patients with hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC), either alone or combined with estramustine. In this indication, a Phase II trial was conducted investigating a docetaxel-capecitabine combination. METHODS Forty-six patients presenting with documented HRPC were enrolled in the study. The treatment(More)
PURPOSE Germinal gene polymorphisms can explain a part of the interpatient pharmacodynamic variability of anticancer drugs, particularly fluoropyrimidines. Genes for which polymorphisms may potentially influence pharmacodynamics of fluoropyrimidines, including capecitabine, are thymidylate synthase (TS), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), and(More)
RATIONALE Docetaxel has proven its efficacy in the management of hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC). Schedules of docetaxel administration differ. This prospective phase II study was designed to reevaluate the activity and toxicity of docetaxel administered weekly at an optimal dose to a large cohort of HRPC patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
Hibernomas are rare, benign tumors with a histological appearance resembling that of brown adipose tissue. The diagnosis of hibernomas may be difficult because some of them contain only a small number of the characteristic multivacuolated fat cells and can be mistakenly classified as well-differentiated liposarcomas. Cytogenetic information has been(More)
Cervical sonography was performed in a 25-year-old man who was referred to our department because of the recent appearance of a left anterolateral cervical mass. This mass had the sonographic properties of air; it communicated with and extended the piriform sinus as well as deformed the left lamina of the thyroid cartilage. A preliminary diagnosis of left(More)
Primary lung sarcomas are uncommon histologic types of primary lung cancer and presents a wide spectrum of clinical behaviour. Nine patients treated at Antoine Lacassagne Cancer Center between 1982 and 1995 were studied. The median age was 63 years (range, 35-73 years) and the most common histologic types were malignant fibrous histiocytoma (four) and(More)