Francis X Parnis

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PURPOSE To evaluate single-agent ifosfamide in the treatment of invasive thymoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifteen patients (eight male and seven female) with histologically confirmed invasive thymoma were treated. The median age was 48 years (range, 23 to 76 years). Four patients had stage III disease, seven patients had stage IVa disease, and four patients(More)
Chordomas are rare tumors arising from the axial skeleton. The disease is characterized by slow local growth, frequent local recurrences, and rare systemic spread. Surgery and local radiation remains the mainstay of treatment with minimal role of systemic therapy. Imatinib has been shown to be active in a phase II trial with symptomatic and radiological(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacokinetic study has shown that co-administration of cyclosporin A (CsA), which acts as a P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and CYP-3A blocker, resulted in an 8-fold increase in the systemic exposure of oral paclitaxel. Two doses of oral paclitaxel on 1 day in combination with CsA resulted in higher systemic exposure than single dose administration. (More)
The palliative efficacy of laser therapy with combination chemotherapy (cisplatin, epirubicin and continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil) was assessed in 34 patients with inoperable gastro-oesophageal cancer. Comparison was made with a group of 30 patients treated previously by laser alone. Twenty patients responded to chemotherapy. There was a significant(More)
BACKGROUND Docetaxel (Taxotere) improve survival and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response rates in patients with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). We studied the combination of PI-88, an inhibitor of angiogenesis and heparanase activity, and docetaxel in chemotherapy-naive CRPC. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a multicentre(More)
Cancer of unknown primary site (CUP) represents up to 5% of all cancer diagnoses and is associated with poor survival. We have performed a prospective multicentre phase 2 trial to evaluate efficacy and toxicity of the combination of gemcitabine (G) and carboplatin (C) for patients with CUP. Patients with histologically confirmed metastatic carcinoma in(More)
Prior to 2010, docetaxel was the standard option for chemotherapy in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Today, the picture is vastly different: several additional therapies have each demonstrated a survival benefit such that we now have chemotherapy (cabazitaxel), androgen suppressive agents (abiraterone acetate and(More)
Gemcitabine has activity in advanced ovarian cancer, with responses in platinum-resistant disease. This study assessed the activity of gemcitabine in previously untreated patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. All patients had histologically verified invasive epithelial ovarian cancer, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)(More)