Eileen M. O'Reilly

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BACKGROUND This study evaluated the addition of sorafenib to gemcitabine and cisplatin in biliary adenocarcinoma first-line therapy. METHODS Patients with advanced biliary adenocarcinomas received gemcitabine 1000 mg m(-2) and cisplatin 25 mg m(-2) on a 2 weeks on/1 week off cycle and sorafenib 400 mg twice daily. After the initial 16 patients were(More)
PURPOSE BRAF-mutant metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) forms an aggressive subset of colorectal cancer with minimal response to selective RAF inhibitors. Preclinical data show that reactivation of EGFR signaling occurs in colorectal tumor cells treated with RAF inhibitors and that the addition of an EGFR inhibitor enhances antitumor activity. These data(More)
PURPOSE Both heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) and checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1) have emerged as novel therapeutic targets. We conducted a phase I study of irinotecan and the Hsp90 inhibitor 17AAG, which can also down-regulate Chk1, in patients with solid tumors. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN During the dose escalation phase, patients received i.v. irinotecan followed by(More)
BACKGROUND ras genes encode Ras proteins that are important for signal transduction in cancer cells. Farnesyl protein transferase (FPTase) is an enzyme that is responsible for a critical post-translational modification of Ras. PATIENTS AND METHODS We report the results of a phase II trial of SCH 66336, an FPTase inhibitor, in patients with metastatic(More)
BACKGROUND Olaparib (Lynparza) is an oral poly(adenosine diphosphate [ADP]-ribose) polymerase inhibitor that induces synthetic lethality in cancers with homologous recombination defects. PATIENTS AND METHODS In this phase I, dose-escalation trial, patients with advanced solid tumours received olaparib (50-200 mg capsules b.i.d.) continuously or(More)
BACKGROUND Data from animal and cell-line models suggest that vitamin D metabolism plays an important role in pancreatic tumor behavior. Although vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in numerous cancers, the vitamin D status of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and the effect of baseline vitamin D levels on survival are unknown. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE Most well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (WD-NET) of the enteropancreatic system are low-intermediate grade (G1, G2). Elevated proliferation demonstrated by either a brisk mitotic rate (>20/10 high power fields) or high Ki-67 index (>20%) defines a group of aggressive neoplasms designated as high-grade (G3) neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC).(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated AGS-1C4D4, a fully human monoclonal antibody to prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA), with gemcitabine in a randomized, phase II study of metastatic pancreatic cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0/1 and previously untreated, metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma were(More)
BACKGROUND Unresectable adenocarcinomas of the biliary tree have a very poor prognosis. No good chemotherapeutic regimen is available. Irinotecan has not yet been fully tested in this disease. We evaluated its activity in unresectable bile duct cancers. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-five consecutive eligible patients at our two institutions were treated(More)
Exatecan mesylate (DX-8951f) is a topoisomerase I inhibitor that has increased solubility and antitumor activity compared with other topoisomerase I inhibitors. The purpose of this study was to establish a safe dose of DX-8951f given as a weekly 24-h infusion 3 of every 4 weeks. DX-8951f was administered as a 24-h continuous infusion in escalating doses.(More)