Fadi el Karak

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BACKGROUND Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) represents an important molecular target in the treatment of lung adenocarcinomas; many anti-EGFR therapies are approved as first line and second-line treatment in patients having metastatic lung adenocarcinomas. The occurrence of this mutation varies in terms of race; it is around 10% in Caucasians and can(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the incidence, characteristics, and survival outcomes of triple-negative breast cancer patients in a medical oncology practice in Lebanon. METHODS The pathology reports of all breast cancer cases diagnosed or treated in 1997-2008 were reviewed. RESULTS One hundred seventy breast cancer cases (9.3%) of the 1,834 cases that were(More)
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most devastating solid tumors, and it remains one of the most difficult to treat. The treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer (MPC) is systemic, based on chemotherapy or best supportive care, depending on the performance status of the patient. Two chemotherapeutical regimens have produced substantial benefits in the(More)
Biliary tract cancers (BTCs) are highly fatal malignancies, which are often diagnosed at an advanced stage and have relatively poor prognosis. The treatment of patients with advanced BTC is systemic, based on chemotherapy or best supportive care, depending on their performance status. Despite clinical trials studying many chemotherapeutic regimens and(More)
BACKGROUND Only drafts of regulatory guidelines for the registration of biosimilars are available in Lebanon. We analyzed the results of a regional survey conducted in Lebanon to understand the impact of different parameters on the acceptance and future prescription of biosimilars. We also reviewed the current situation of biosimilars around the world. The(More)
Ampullary carcinoma (AC) is a rare gastrointestinal tumor without clear treatment recommendations. The management of this tumor is usually extrapolated from the treatment of pancreatic, biliary duct and intestinal cancers. Few papers have studied the AC as an independent entity and yet succombs to several limitations. These studies were retrospective single(More)
Vemurafenib has shown significant activity in V600 mutant melanoma; however the role of this agent in Lung adenocarcinoma with an activating BRAF mutation is still evolving. One of our patients had a rare activating BRAF mutation detected through tumor exome sequencing, which led to a switch from her successful therapy to Vemurafenib and ultimately tumor(More)
Central nervous system (CNS) relapse is not a rare presentation in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) as its incidence ranges between 2% and 9%. It manifests with meningeal leukemia, cranial nerve palsies or cerebral mesenchymal myeloid sarcoma. We herein report the case of a 69 year-old female that presented a pseudo-Guillain-Barré syndrome masking an AML CNS(More)
BACKGROUND The epidemiology of gastric cancer in the Middle East has never been described. Therefore, the characteristics of gastric cancer in the Lebanese population will be reported in this study. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective study that included all patients diagnosed with gastric cancer at Hotel Dieu de France University Hospital in Beirut,(More)
BACKGROUND Taxanes are drugs used in various chemotherapeutical protocols to treat solid tumors. They have multiple systemic adverse effects, such as bone marrow suppression, alopecia, nausea, and vomiting, and may rarely cause ocular symptoms. In the past decade, a few reported cases have shown the occurrence of a cystoid macular edema with significant(More)