Erik Blomquist

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BACKGROUND We evaluated the efficacy of imatinib mesylate in addition to hydroxyurea in patients with recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) who were either on or not on enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs (EIAEDs). METHODS A total of 231 patients with GBM at first recurrence from 21 institutions in 10 countries were enrolled. All patients received 500 mg of(More)
Glioblastomas (GBs) are malignant CNS tumors often associated with devastating symptoms. Patients with GB have a very poor prognosis, and despite treatment, most of them die within 12 months from diagnosis. Several pathways, such as the RAS, tumor protein 53 (TP53), and phosphoinositide kinase 3 (PIK3) pathways, as well as the cell cycle control pathway,(More)
Nineteen patients with inextirpable skull base meningioma with involvement of neurovascular structures were given irradiation with a 180 MeV proton beam at the The Svedberg Laboratory, Uppsala, Sweden. The patients were treated seated in a fixed position with a stereotactic approach. Titanium-markers to the outer table served for identification and(More)
The prognosis of high-grade glioma patients is poor, and the tumors are characterized by resistance to therapy. The aims of this study were to analyze the prognostic value of the expression of the protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 6 (PTPN6, also referred to as SHP1) in high-grade glioma patients, the epigenetic regulation of the expression of(More)
Experimental and early clinical investigations have demonstrated encouraging results for estramustine in the treatment of malignant glioma. The present study is an open randomized clinical trial comparing estramustine phosphate (Estracyt) in addition to radiotherapy with radiotherapy alone as first line treatment of astrocytoma grade III and IV. The 140(More)
Targeting with radionuclide labelled substances that bind specifically to the epidermal growth factor receptor, EGFR, is considered for intracavitary therapy of EGFR-positive glioblastoma multiforme, GBM. Relevant literature is reviewed and examples of EGFR expression in GBM are given. The therapeutical efforts made so far using intracavitary anti-tenascin(More)
A minicloning technique was used to analyse quantitatively the fraction of cells incapable of division in mass populations of human glial cells at various passage levels. The percentage of non-dividers rose from 18 to 73% between passages 11 and 40 at which further subcultivation of the mass culture became impossible. The non-dividers were predominantly(More)
The survival for patients with high-grade glioma is poor, and only a limited number of patients respond to the therapy. The aim of this study was to analyze the significance of using p38 MAPK phosphorylation as a prognostic marker in high-grade glioma patients and as a therapeutic target in combination chemotherapy with vandetanib. p38 MAPK phosphorylation(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the therapeutic efficiency and adverse effects of stereotactic proton beam treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVM). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-six patients treated in Uppsala during 1991-97 were included (men = 14, women = 12; mean age = 39, range = 23-64). The nidus volumes ranged from 0.3 to 102 ml (mean = 24,(More)
Glucocorticoids, such as betamethasone, are often used to prevent possible acute reactions during radiation therapy of intracranial tumors (for example gliomas). The effect of the glucocorticoids is probably due to vascular changes decreasing the development of edemas. The radiosensitivity of two studied cell-lines of human malignant glioma origin did not(More)
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