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Leptomeningeal meningitis occurs in approximately 5% of metastatic breast cancers, and there is no standard treatment for this complication. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data and cerebrospinal fluid of 24 patients treated with high-dose intrathecal methotrexate for breast cancer leptomeningeal meningitis (BLM). Cytologic response (CSF cytology(More)
OBJECTIVES Approximately 30% of DLBCL patients are older than 70 yr. This study evaluated the prognostic impact of a cachexia score (CS) including fat tissue loss (adipopenia) and sarcopenia as assessed by computed tomography (CT scan) in elderly DLBCL patients treated with chemotherapy and rituximab (R). METHODS This retrospective analysis included 80(More)
The SDF-1/CXCR4 pathway has been suggested to play a role in the metastatic dissemination of various tumours. We assessed the prognostic impact of SDF-1 and CXCR4 expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Seventy-one HNSCC samples collected at the time of initial diagnosis were retrospectively analysed. SDF-1 and CXCR4 expression levels(More)
[(18)F]-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) imaging is essential to optimize the initial staging and to predict the prognosis of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). To assess the relationship between the germinal center B cell-like/activated B cell-like (GCB/ABC) classification and PET scan features in DLBCL, 57 cases treated with(More)
Approximately 25-35% of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) are older than 70 years. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic impact of depletion of skeletal muscle (sarcopenia) in elderly patients with DLBCL. This retrospective analysis included 82 patients with DLBCL older than 70 years and treated with R-CHOP (rituximab,(More)
Acquired estrogen receptor gene (ESR1) mutations have been recently reported as a marker of resistance to aromatase inhibitors in hormone receptor positive metastatic breast cancer. We retrospectively considered seven patients treated for metastatic breast cancer with available samples from the primary tumor before any treatment, cryopreserved metastasis(More)
AIM To investigate in a prospective study the prognostic value of serum HER2 extracellular domain (ECD) level in patients with primary breast cancer overexpressing HER2 treated with adjuvant chemotherapy and trastuzumab. PATIENTS AND METHODS All the patients treated for primary breast cancer with chemotherapy and adjuvant trastuzumab from April 1, 2005 to(More)
PURPOSE To assess the prognostic and predictive value of circulating ESR1 mutation and its kinetics before and after progression on aromatase inhibitor (AI) treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS ESR1 circulating D538G and Y537S/N/C mutations were retrospectively analyzed by digital droplet PCR after first-line AI failure in patients treated consecutively from(More)
Human normal spermatozoa present a specific chromatin organization, illustrated particularly by the non-random chromosome positioning. Spermatozoa with large vacuoles, described using motile sperm organelle morphology organization (MSOME), are associated with nuclear alterations, such as abnormal chromatin condensation and aneuploidy. To question a probable(More)
BACKGROUND Few data are published on docetaxel toxicity in obese patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS All obese patients (n=100) treated for early breast cancer during three consecutive years at our Institution, were retrospectively investigated. The same number of non-obese patients was randomly selected and used as controls. We assessed the factors predictive(More)