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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)
PURPOSE Many women who have had adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer judge small benefits sufficient to make it worthwhile despite significant side effects and inconvenience. The rationality of these preferences has been questioned. We sought to better understand such preferences by assessing associations between preferences and psychosocial(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)
PURPOSE The purpose of this research was to examine the diagnostic and prognostic significance of elevated serum insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP)-2 levels in women with ovarian cancer from diagnosis through treatment to relapse or remission. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Serum collected pre- and postoperatively in women newly diagnosed with(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To assess the representativeness of survey participants by systematically comparing volunteers in a national health and sexuality survey with the Australian population in terms of self reported health status (including the SF-36) and a wide range of demographic characteristics. DESIGN A cross sectional sample of Australian residents were(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)
BACKGROUND According to their advocates, neurobiological explanations of overeating, or "food addiction", have the potential to impact public understanding and treatment of obesity. In this study, we examine the public's acceptance of the concept of food addiction as an explanation of overeating and assess its effects upon their attitudes toward obese(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)