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INTRODUCTION Clinical trials have come to be regarded as the gold standard for treatment evaluation. However, many doctors and their patients experience difficulties when discussing trial participation, leading to poor accrual to trials and questionable quality of informed consent. We have previously developed a communication skills training program based(More)
A major toxic effect of the chemotherapeutic agents paclitaxel and cisplatin is peripheral neuropathy. We report the use of a rat model of cytotoxic neuropathy to evaluate the role of glutamate as a possible neuroprotectant for these two drugs. Neuropathy was manifest as gait disturbance in 100% of paclitaxel treated animals after 2 weeks and 100% of(More)
Treatment options and prognosis remains poor for patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. These tumors are highly vascularised and over express angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor and may potentially be responsive to antiangiogenic therapies. We present the results of a phase II trial of Thalidomide, an antiangiogenic(More)
Vincristine is an integral part of the "PCV" regimen that is commonly administered to treat primary brain tumors. The efficacy of vincristine as a single agent in these tumors has been poorly studied. This study was designed to determine whether vincristine enters normal rat brain or an intracranially or subcutaneously implanted glioma and to assess the(More)
Serum profiling using proteomic techniques has great potential to detect biomarkers that might improve diagnosis and predict outcome for breast cancer patients (BC). This study used surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (SELDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) to identify differentially expressed proteins in sera from BC and healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Studies of women who had adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer 10-20 years ago showed that many judged small benefits sufficient to make it worthwhile. Indications, regimens and supportive care have changed. We sought the preferences of contemporary women who received similar chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Ninety-seven consecutive(More)
In recent years there has been increased emphasis on involving people in decision-making about their medical care. However, few studies have addressed the questions of why women with cancer want information, and what they believe to be the important factors influencing their decision-making. In order to examine these questions 20 women with cancer were(More)
With the aim of improving the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, we investigated the potential of thalidomide to enhance the effectiveness of cisplatin chemotherapy in a rat glioma model. Female F344 rats were implanted with 9L gliosarcoma tumors either intracranially or subcutaneously and treated with 1 mg/kg cisplatin injected i.p. or with 1%(More)
BACKGROUND Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is a common problem amongst survivors. Past research has shown that young women with breast cancer are particularly vulnerable to FCR, yet few previous studies have specifically examined FCR in this subgroup. AIMS The aim of the study is to explore the relationship between FCR, psychological morbidity and social(More)
BACKGROUND Decision aids may improve informed consent in clinical trial recruitment, but have not been evaluated in this context. This study investigated whether decision aids (DAs) can reduce decisional difficulties among women considering participation in the International Breast Cancer Intervention Study-II (IBIS-II) trial. METHODS The IBIS-II trial(More)