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BACKGROUND Docetaxel-based chemotherapy is effective in metastatic gastric and gastro-oesophageal junction adenocarcinoma, but has not yet been evaluated in the context of resectable patients. Here we report findings from the phase 2 part of the phase 2/3 FLOT4 trial, which compared histopathological regression in patients treated with a docetaxel-based(More)
Central nervous system (CNS) involvement by Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is rare. As a result, there is limited guidance for clinicians on how to manage these patients. Detailed information was collected on 16 patients, the largest number to date, with meningeal or parenchymal CNS-HL confirmed by histopathology (15) or CSF (1). Eight patients presented with CNS-HL(More)
Urinary excretion of lead (Pb) was measured in the basal state and following the infusion of EDTA (1g of calcium disodium edetate) in healthy German controls and in patients with chronic renal failure with and without gout. When evaluated with Zeeman-compensated atomic absorption spectroscopy using the L'vov platform and urine pretreated with nitric acid(More)
PURPOSE In this study, two doses of temsirolimus (CCI-779), a novel inhibitor of the mammalian target of rapamycin, were evaluated for efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics in patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer who had been heavily pretreated. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients (n = 109) were randomly assigned to receive 75 or 250 mg(More)
PURPOSE The shortening of infusion time from 3 to 1 hour decreases the systemic exposure (area under the curve, AUC) of total and unbound paclitaxel but increases the AUC of its vehicle Cremophor EL, whereas the time above total paclitaxel concentrations of 0.05 micromol/L (T >0.05) remains almost constant. As both Cremophor EL and paclitaxel are(More)
Despite improvements in HLA typing, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) continues to impair the results after volunteer unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation (VUD-BMT) in adult patients compared with matched sibling BMT. Here, the outcome after VUD-BMT using a specific regimen with high-dose anti-T-lymphocyte globulin (ATG) was analysed. Fifty-five adult(More)
Since few studies focus on prognostic factors in unselected elderly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients, a retrospective analysis of 138 consecutive patients aged >55 years (median age: 67, range: 56–89) with AML diagnosed at a single center over an 8-year period was performed: 69% had de novo AML and 31% secondary (s) AML; 67% of the patients were(More)
Mobilization of PBPC was investigated in 19 healthy matched sibling donors using two different rhG-CSF regimens. Five donors (median age 39 years, range 17 to 57 years) received 10 micrograms rhG-CSF/kg bw once daily subcutaneously (s.c.), while 14 donors (median age 34 years, range 19 to 56 years) were treated with 10-12 micrograms rhG-CSF/kg bw twice(More)
CD34+ cell selection of PBPC after harvest from G-CSF-treated allogeneic donors results in a more than 200-fold depletion of T lymphocytes in the graft and has been used to reduce the incidence of acute GVHD post transplant. Since transplantation with T cell-depleted BM grafts is associated with a delay in immune reconstitution and an increase of(More)
The ability of bone marrow (BM) samples to generate confluent stromal layers in long-term BM cultures (LTBMC) was used as a surrogate assay to determine the in vivo toxic effects of different conditionings on stromal cells. Here, 32 patients receiving a fludarabine-based reduced intensity conditioning regimen (FBM) were compared to those in a control group(More)