Emílio José de S. Fonseca

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Much has been learned about the chromosomal abnormalities of colorectal carcinomas but the cytogenetic relationship between the neoplastic clones present in primary versus metastatic tumour samples remains unclear. We analyse the frequency of abnormalities for 47 chromosome regions using the interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization technique in a group(More)
BACKGROUND Metastatic dissemination is the most frequent cause of death in patients with sporadic colorectal cancer (sCRC). It is believed that the metastatic process is related at least in part to a specific background of genetic alterations accumulated in cells from primary tumors, and the ability to detect such alterations is critical for the(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and toxicity of a biweekly combination of docetaxel and vinorelbine in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) previously treated with anthracyclines. Eligible patients (n = 49) with MBC received vinorelbine, 25 mg/m2, followed by docetaxel, 60 mg/m2. Cycles were repeated every 14 days for a total of(More)
Somatostatin analogues (SSAs) are indicated to relieve carcinoid syndrome but seem to have antiproliferative effects on neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). This is the first prospective study investigating tumour stabilisation with the long-acting SSA lanreotide Autogel in patients with progressive NETs. This was a multicentre, open-label, phase II trial(More)
This phase II trial evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of vinorelbine 25 mg/m2 plus docetaxel 60 mg2/m administered on day 1, every 2 weeks with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor support (G-CSF, 5 microg/kg/day, days 3-7) as primary prophylaxis in patients with histologically confirmed metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and previously treated with(More)
We carried out a mutational analysis of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in 103 individuals from a population in Western Central Spain and we identified nine new variants: two truncating mutations in BRCA2 [2604C>A (Y792X), 8873del4], three missense mutations in BRCA2 [677A>G (H150R), 958G>A (D224N) and 3398A>G (K1057R], and four silent mutations, two in BRCA1(More)
Advanced locoregional disease is the most frequent clinical situation in Head and Neck cancer. The standard of care for most clinicians is a multidisciplinary treatment with concomitant chemotherapy plus radiotherapy (CRT). However, retrospective studies have shown that in patients treated with CRT there was a relative increase in systemic relapse due to a(More)
BACKGROUND For years, the genetics of metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) have been studied using a variety of techniques. However, most of the approaches employed so far have a relatively limited resolution which hampers detailed characterization of the common recurrent chromosomal breakpoints as well as the identification of small regions carrying genetic(More)
A combination of cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil (PF) is considered the standard induction chemotherapy regimen for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). The present study compares the efficacy and safety of a new combination of cisplatin/docetaxel versus the PF regimen. A total of 83 chemotherapy-naive patients with locally advanced SCCHN were(More)
BACKGROUND Most sporadic colorectal cancer (sCRC) deaths are caused by metastatic dissemination of the primary tumor. New advances in genetic profiling of sCRC suggest that the primary tumor may contain a cell population with metastatic potential. Here we compare the cytogenetic profile of primary tumors from liver metastatic versus non-metastatic sCRC. (More)