Elena Collovà

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The use of oral anticancer drugs has shown a steady increase. Most patients prefer anticancer oral therapy to intravenous treatment primarily for the convenience of a home-based therapy, although they require that the efficacy of oral therapy must be equivalent and toxicity not superior than those expected with the intravenous treatment. A better patient(More)
BACKGROUND Bone metastasis represents an increasing clinical problem in advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) as disease-related survival improves. There are few data on the natural history of bone disease in RCC. PATIENTS AND METHODS Data on clinicopathology, survival, skeletal-related events (SREs), and bone-directed therapies for 398 deceased RCC(More)
PURPOSE Aim of this study was to investigate for the presence of existing prognostic factors in patients with bone metastases (BMs) from RCC since bone represents an unfavorable site of metastasis for renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Data of patients with BMs from RCC were retrospectively collected. Age, sex, ECOG-Performance Status(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Metronomic chemotherapy refers to the administration of low doses of cytotoxic agents over a prolonged period of time with no or only short drug-free intervals. It is designed to overcome acquired tumor resistance to chemotherapy and reduce neo-angiogenesis despite a lower toxicity than with standard chemotherapy. The role of metronomic(More)
Pegfilgrastim is a covalent conjugate of filgrastim and polyethylene glycol that has proved to be effective in supporting myelopoiesis during chemotherapy. Since very limited information is available on the biological effects of pegfilgrastim on neutrophils exposed to chemotherapy, we analyzed the following parameters in neutrophils of patients undergoing(More)
Metronomic chemotherapy (mCT), a frequent administration of low-dose chemotherapy, allows prolonged treatment duration and minimizes the toxicity of standard-dose chemotherapy. mCT has multiple actions against cancer cells including inhibition of angiogenesis and modulation of the immune system. A number of studies lend support to the clinical efficacy of(More)
Background. Dendritic cells (DC), the most specialized antigen-presenting cells, can be detected in the peripheral blood (PB) and divided into two subsets of populations, DC1 and DC2, endowed with different functions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect on DC release and on their subsets of three regimens utilized to mobilize CD34+ cells into(More)
The VICTOR-1 study demonstrated that the all-oral metronomic combination of vinorelbine and capecitabine is highly active and well tolerated in hormone receptor-positive/HER2-negative patients. The VICTOR-2 study was designed to confirm these results. Patients received mVNR 40 mg three times a week and mCAPE 500 mg three times a day, continuously. The(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) that progress after first-line chemotherapy have a poor prognosis and the evidence of a benefit from second-line (SL) chemotherapy is limited. Patients relapsing or progressing more than 90 days after completion of first-line treatment are considered platinum sensitive and may be rechallenged with(More)
The pemetrexed-cisplatin chemotherapy is standard of care in first-line (FL) treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). The second-line (SL) chemotherapy is considered, but the optimal treatment has not been defined yet. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of SL-therapy in a series of MPM-patients included in a retrospective(More)