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PURPOSE Overexpression of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family members has recently been related to resistance to chemo/radiotherapy in several human malignancies, particularly lymphomas. Hence, innovative approaches bypassing this resistance mechanism are required in the therapeutic approach. This study evaluated whether chemoresistance associated with Bcl-2 and(More)
PURPOSE Bcl-2 overexpression is frequently detected in lymphoid malignancies, being associated with poor prognosis and reduced response to therapy. Here, we evaluated whether Bcl-2 overexpression affects the cytotoxic activity of proteasome inhibitors taken alone or in association with conventional anticancer drugs or tumor necrosis factor-related(More)
Dendritic cells are professional antigen-presenting cells with a key role in both immunity induction and tolerance maintenance. Dendritic cells are highly specialized in antigen capture, processing and presentation, and express co-stimulation signals which activate T lymphocytes and NK cells. Dendritic cells generated in culture and loaded with an antigen(More)
In cancer patients, the ability to detect disseminated tumour cells in peripheral blood or bone marrow could improve prognosis and consent both early detection of metastatic disease and monitoring of the efficacy of systemic therapy. These objectives remain elusive mainly due to the lack of specific genetic markers for solid tumours. The use of surrogate(More)
This open-label study compared docetaxel/gemcitabine vs. paclitaxel/gemcitabine and a weekly (W) vs. 3-weekly (3 W) schedule in metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Patients relapsed after adjuvant/neoadjuvant anthracycline-containing chemotherapy were randomized to: A) gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 Day 1,8 + docetaxel 75 mg/m2 Day 1 q3W; B) gemcitabine 1250 mg/m2 Day(More)
To evaluate the safety and efficacy of pegfilgrastim administered as haematological support after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, we compared 44 patients with solid tumours and lymphomas receiving a 6-mg single dose of pegfilgrastim on day +5 after transplantation to a historical control group of 25 patients receiving filgrastim 5(More)
The external examination after death requires knowledge in forensics/pathology, dermatology, as well as associated diseases and age-related alterations of the skin. This article highlights some findings with forensic evidence versus dermatological findings. The lectures in forensic medicine should be structured interdisciplinarily, especially to(More)
AIM The aim of present study was to investigate the feasibility of a densified sequence of FEC75 (5-fluorouracil 600 mg/m2, epirubicin 75 mg/m2, cyclophosphamide 600 mg/m2) and docetaxel 100 mg/m2 (D100) in patients with primary operable high-risk breast cancer. METHODS Fifty-one consecutive patients with resectable breast cancer and 4 or more positive(More)
16534 Background: Pegylated filgrastim is a new formulation of a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor that has a long circulating half-life, permitting a single dose of filgrastim per cycle of chemotherapy. METHODS To evaluate whether a single subcutaneous injection of pegfilgrastim (6 mg) is as safe and effective as daily filgrastim (5 mcg/kg/day), 40(More)