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AIM To evaluate the long term outcome after paediatric inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis. METHODS A combined retrospective and prospective study on infants and children with IVC thrombosis treated at Aachen and Maastricht University Hospitals between 1980 and 1999. RESULTS Forty patients were enrolled, including four with preceding cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND High-dose therapy followed by autologous stem-cell transplantation is standard of care for patients with relapsed or primary refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma. Roughly 50% of patients might be cured after autologous stem-cell transplantation; however, most patients with unfavourable risk factors progress after transplantation. We aimed to assess(More)
Eleven routinely processed radical prostatectomy specimens were studied for the presence of numerical chromosomal aberrations by means of in situ hybridization with nucleic acid probes specific for chromosomes 7, 10, 17, X, and Y. Cytogenetic information was correlated with morphology, tumour stage and volume as well as with cell kinetics, the latter being(More)
PURPOSE To compare the receipt of clofarabine plus cytarabine (Clo+Ara-C arm) with cytarabine (Ara-C arm) in patients ≥ 55 years old with refractory or relapsed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients were randomly assigned to receive either clofarabine (Clo) 40 mg/m(2) or a placebo followed by Ara-C 1 g/m(2) for five consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Gemcitabine and paclitaxel are currently co-administered in clinical studies for bladder cancer as this drug combination may offer better tumor responses. However, the drugs may antagonize the cytotoxic capacity of each other due to cell cycle perturbations. In this study, we evaluated different application schedules to determine the efficacy of(More)
PURPOSE Front-line treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL) involves regimens such as cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone (CHOP) and results in a 5-year overall survival (OS) rate of less than 50%. This phase I open-label study evaluated the safety and activity of brentuximab vedotin administered sequentially with CHOP or in(More)
For continuous release of cytokines for local application at tumor sites, we developed depot preparations consisting of a carrier substance (ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer) and either natural interleukin-2 (nIL-2) at 5×105 BRMP U or natural interferon-α (nIFNα) at 3×105 IU. We transplanted human tumors in nude mice and placed depot preparations next to(More)
BACKGROUND Follicular lymphoma in childhood is rare. The authors present four unusual primary follicular lymphomas of the testis in children. METHODS Tumor tissue was evaluated using light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) and bcl-2 gene rearrangements. Southern blot(More)
BACKGROUND Roughly 70-80% of patients with advanced stage Hodgkin's lymphoma are cured with various first-line and second-line treatments, including ABVD, BEACOPP, and stem-cell transplantation. Brentuximab vedotin has shown significant clinical activity, with a manageable safety profile, in patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma. We aimed(More)