Franca Fossati Bellani

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BACKGROUND Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is a rare malignant tumor and little is known about its clinical features and management. We report on a series of 19 pediatric patients managed over 20 years. PATIENTS AND METHODS Primary conservative surgery was performed in all patients and was radical in nine, non-radical in three; seven patients underwent(More)
To evaluate the incidence of second malignant tumors in a cohort of subjects previously treated for childhood cancer, we analyzed data from the Off-Therapy Registry (OTR) of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, which collects information on children treated for Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Wilms' tumor, acute lymphoblastic(More)
One of the most serious complications of successful treatments for Hodgkin's disease is an increased incidence of acute nonlymphocytic leukemia (ANLL) and other malignancies. A retrospective analysis carried out on 1032 consecutive patients with Hodgkin's disease admitted to our Institute between 1965 and 1978 and treated with radiotherapy (RT) or(More)
We describe the La Mascota twinning programme between La Mascota paediatric hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, and hospitals in Monza and Milan, Italy, and Bellinzona, Switzerland. The programme was based on the belief that an attempt to reduce the gap in mortality from cancer in childhood between developed and less developed countries should become an(More)
A total of 764 patients with Hodgkin's disease treated with radiotherapy (RT) or chemotherapy or both were reviewed 3-186 months (median 43 months) after initial treatment to assess the incidence of second malignancies. Incidence of solid tumours and acute non-lymphoblastic leukaemia (ANLL) were calculated by a life-table method and percentages of patients(More)
This is the fourth official document of the SIOP Working Committee on psychosocial issues in pediatric oncology constituted in 1991. This document develops another topic discussed and approved by the SIOP Committee: "communication of the diagnosis" is addressed to the pediatric oncology community as guidelines that could be followed. The highly stressful(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND The treatment applied in our Institution to children with localized osteosarcoma between 1991 and 1999 consisted of four interleukin 2 (IL-2) courses (9 x 10(6) IU/mL/daily x 4), alternated with pre- and post-operative polichemotherapy. The aims of the present study were to quantify the modifications of some immunological parameters(More)
PURPOSE We analyzed whether the prognosis can differ among Wilms tumors (WT) labeled as Stage III according to currently adopted classification systems. METHODS AND MATERIALS Patients with nonanaplastic Stage III WT consecutively registered in two Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) trials (CNR-92, TW-2003) were the subjects in(More)
An analysis of loss of heterozygosity for markers on both the short and the long arm of chromosome 11 was performed in 24 sporadic Wilms tumors. Six cases (25%) showed allelic losses involving the entire chromosome. In one case (4%) the loss was restricted solely to the WT1 gene on band p13. Two cases (8%) displayed allelic losses for WT1 and for markers on(More)
The overall results of salvage surgery for lung metastases were evaluated on 174 consecutive patients with primary osteosarcoma below the age of 20, resected in Milan between 1970 and 1988. Seventy-two children treated in the years 1970-1981 were compared with 102 children treated in the years 1982-1988. In the latter period, adjuvant chemotherapy was(More)