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The possibility that human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSC) may derive from the malignant clone in hematological malignancies (HM) is a controversial issue. In order to clarify hMSC origin and disclose possible cytogenetic heterogeneity in hMSC belonging to different patients, bone marrow (BM)-derived hMSC samples from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and(More)
To compare the efficiency of novel mitogenic agents and traditional mitosis inductors, 18 patients with splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) were studied. Three cultures using oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) plus interleukin-2 (IL-2), or TPA, or LPS were setup in each patient. Seventeen/18 cases with ODN + IL2 had moderate/good proliferation (94, 4%) as(More)
PURPOSE Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) is often used in elderly people, due to its improved tolerability. However, clinical and pharmacological data in the subset of patients over 70 are scanty. METHODS PLD safety was evaluated in 35 patients (aged ≥70 years) who were treated with PLD as a single agent for 165 cycles. Doxorubicin plasma levels,(More)
Locally advanced rectal cancer is currently treated with pre-surgical radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Approximately one-half of patients obtain a relevant shrinkage/disappearance of tumour, with major clinical advantages. The remaining patients, in contrast, show no benefit and possibly need alternative treatment. To provide the best therapeutic option for(More)
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