Fabio Puglisi

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PURPOSE The efficacy and safety of combining bevacizumab (7.5 and 15 mg/kg) with docetaxel as first-line therapy for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) -negative, locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer (MBC) was investigated in a three-arm, placebo-controlled, phase III trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients (N = 736) were randomly(More)
The accuracy of mammography, sonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in identifying residual disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy is evaluated and imaging findings are correlated with pathologic findings. Fifteen patients enrolled in an experimental protocol of preoperative neoadjuvant chemotherapy underwent clinical examination, mammography,(More)
The advent of HER2-directed therapies has significantly improved the outlook for patients with HER2-positive early stage breast cancer. However, a significant proportion of these patients still relapse and die of breast cancer. Trials to define, refine and optimize the use of the two approved HER2-targeted agents (trastuzumab and lapatinib) in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Bone scanning (BS), liver ultrasonography (LUS) and chest radiography (CXR) are commonly used in patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer as part of baseline staging. However, in the absence of symptomatic disease, the usefulness of this routine diagnostic work-up is not evidence-based. METHODS We selected the study sample from 516(More)
AIMS Dicer and Drosha are components of the miRNA-producing machinery and their altered expression may play a role in cancer progression. The main purpose of this study was a detailed investigation of Dicer and Drosha expression and localisation in triple-negative breast cancers. METHODS Thirty-one triple-negative breast cancers and several breast cancer(More)
This multicenter phase II trial was designed to evaluate the activity of lapatinib in metastatic breast cancer patients with HER2-negative primary tumors and HER2-positive circulating tumor cells (CTCs). In this study MBC patients with HER2-negative primary tumors and HER2-positive CTCs previously treated with at least a first-line therapy for metastatic(More)
BACKGROUND Periostin is a secreted adhesion protein, normally expressed in mesenchime-derived cells. Aberrant expression of the periostin gene in epithelial tumours seems to play a role in angiogenesis and metastases. AIMS To investigate periostin expression in a consecutive series of breast carcinomas and correlate it with established biological and(More)
BACKGROUND It is well recognized that distinguishing benign from malignant papillary lesions of the breast may pose challenging diagnostic problems. To prospectively evaluate the potential role of mammography, ultrasound and image-guided core biopsy in the diagnosis of papillary lesions of the breast. METHODS 1,442 women consecutively underwent 14-gauge(More)
Large core biopsy is a recently introduced method for pre-operative evaluation of breast lumps. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of this technique in providing pre-operative diagnostic and prognostic information that can lead to a correct line of treatment. We compared 41 cases of breast carcinomas diagnosed both by core biopsies and(More)