Francis X Parnis

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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)
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)
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)
Purpose Ipilimumab increases antitumor T-cell responses by binding to cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4. We evaluated treatment with ipilimumab in asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patients with chemotherapy-naive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer without visceral metastases. Patients and Methods In this multicenter, double-blind, phase III(More)
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)
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)
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)
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 aims of this study were to evaluate the feasibility, practicality, efficacy and safety of the delivery of accelerated partial breast irradiation using the MammoSite for the boost phase. Six patients aged 53-69 years with stage T1N0, T2N0, Grade I-II invasive ductal carcinoma received 9-10 Gy prescribed at 1 cm from the MammoSite balloon surface in two(More)