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High-dose busulfan is widely used in allogeneic and autologous marrow transplantation preparative regimens. Variation in the area under the concentration/time curve (AUC) for oral busulfan results in substantial risk of over or under treatment with excess risk of toxicity or relapse. Use of the IV formulation reduces this variability by eliminating(More)
The best endoscopic diagnostic strategy for gastrointestinal (GI) graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is unknown. Over a 48-month period, all patients with unexplained diarrhea at risk for acute gastrointestinal GVHD were prospectively identified. Acute GVHD was defined as symptoms and histologic evidence of GVHD occurring within 100 days of transplant or(More)
PURPOSE Anaplastic oligodendroglioma is a chemosensitive glial neoplasm. To improve disease control and postpone cranial radiotherapy, we designed a phase II study of intensive procarbazine, lomunstine and vincristine followed by high-dose thiotepa with autologous stem cell rescue for patients with newly diagnosed anaplastic or aggressive oligodendroglioma.(More)
Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation is becoming increasingly performed for a variety of disorders but primarily for hematological malignancies. Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), which often involves the GI tract, is one of the most common complications of this type of transplantation. The diagnosis of GI GVHD can be difficult to establish because of the(More)
We summarize here a case involving a fatal sickle cell crisis in a patient with previously very mild hemoglobin sickle cell (Hb SC) disease. With granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) priming for peripheral stem cell collection, a crisis developed, followed by death within 36 hours. The case strongly suggests a role for granulocytes in acute sickle(More)
The objective of this study was to ascertain the duration of tumor control and the toxicities of dose-intense myeloablative chemotherapy for patients with recurrent oligodendrogliomas. Patients with previously irradiated oligodendrogliomas, either pure or mixed, that were contrast enhancing, measurable, and behaving aggressively at recurrence were eligible(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-induced lymphoproliferative disease and cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection are major causes of morbidity and mortality in individuals with compromised cellular immunity. Although anti-viral pharmacological agents exist, severe side effects such as myelosuppression often limit the application of these medications. Infusion of ex(More)
Forty-nine patients with intermediate- and high-risk aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma underwent autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (autoHSCT) using the regimen of busulfan (Bu), cyclophosphamide (Cy), and etoposide (E) that was originally developed for allogeneic HSCT. Eighteen patients treated before 1999 received Cy 2.5 g/m2 on days -3 to(More)
PURPOSE This study seeks to investigate the use of extra-orally applied near-infrared phototherapy for the reduction of oral pain secondary to chemotherapy- and radiation therapy-induced mucositis in adult and pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients. METHODS Eighty HSCT patients were divided into regular (R) and low (L) risk groups,(More)
BACKGROUND It has been shown that adoptive immunotherapy with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTL) is effective for the treatment of EBV-induced lymphoproliferative disease in stem cell transplantation recipients and organ transplantation recipients. The role of EBV CTL in other tumors for which this virus has been implicated in(More)