Günter H R Henze

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The Associazione Italiana di Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica and the Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (AIEOP-BFM ALL 2000) study has for the first time introduced standardized quantitative assessment of minimal residual disease (MRD) based on immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor gene rearrangements as polymerase chain reaction targets(More)
The trial ALL-BFM 95 for treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia was designed to reduce acute and long-term toxicity in selected patient groups with favorable prognosis and to improve outcome in poor-risk groups by treatment intensification. These aims were pursued through a stratification strategy using white blood cell count, age,(More)
PURPOSE The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of positron emission tomography (PET) using fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) for initial staging and therapy planning in pediatric sarcoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS In this prospective multicenter study, 46 pediatric patients (females, n = 22; males, n = 24; age range, 1 to 18 years)(More)
BACKGROUND Myeloablative megatherapy is commonly used to improve the poor outlook of children with high-risk neuroblastoma, yet its role is poorly defined. We aimed to assess whether megatherapy with autologous stem-cell transplantation could increase event-free survival and overall survival compared with maintenance chemotherapy. METHODS 295 patients(More)
PURPOSE Little is known about the outcome of pediatric patients with lymphoblastic lymphoma (LBL) who suffer from progressive disease or relapse. PATIENTS AND METHODS We analyzed the pattern of LBL relapses after current non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Berlin-Frankfurt-Muenster (BFM) frontline therapy between April 1990 and March 2003. Relapse therapy was(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) in comparison to volumetry and standardized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) parameters for the assessment of histological response in paediatric bone sarcoma patients. FDG PET and local MRI were performed in 27 paediatric sarcoma patients(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the cumulative incidence of and the risk factors for developing second malignant neoplasms (SMN) in children and adolescents following treatment for relapse of acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL). METHODS Patients (1376) up to 18 years of age with first relapse of non-B-cell ALL were treated and achieved a 2nd complete remission (CR).(More)
PURPOSE In childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), approximately 25% of patients suffer from relapse. In recurrent disease, despite intensified therapy, overall cure rates of 40% remain unsatisfactory and survival rates are particularly poor in certain subgroups. The probability of long-term survival after relapse is predicted from well-established(More)
PURPOSE In the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma-Berlin-Frankfurt-Munster (NHL-BFM) 95 trial, we tested, against the historical control of the combined trials NHL-BFM90 and NHL-BFM86, whether prophylactic cranial radiotherapy (PCRT) can be omitted for CNS-negative patients with stage III or IV lymphoblastic lymphoma (LBL) with sufficient early response. PATIENTS AND(More)
Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is caused by malignant immature lymphocytes. Even though childhood ALL can be cured in a large number of patients, around 20% of the patients suffer a relapse after chemotherapy. The origin of the relapse is unclear at the present time. Given the high plasticity of cells, we searched for leukemia-associated(More)