G. Catalano

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The aim of the study was to assess the toxicity and the clinical activity of biweekly oxaliplatin in combination with infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and folinic acid (FA) administered every 2 weeks (FOLFOX-4 regimen) in patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC). A total of 61 previously untreated AGC patients were treated with oxaliplatin 85 mg m(-2) on(More)
Local extension prevents curative resection in more than two-thirds of gastric cancer patients. Unfortunately, resectability is one of the main prognostic factors in these patients, and survival is longer when tumours are completely removed. Preoperative chemotherapy is an attractive concept for obtaining curative resection. Thirty-two locally advanced(More)
We used flow cytometry to quantify minimal residual disease (MRD) in 56 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) expressing a leukemia-associated phenotype. Thirty-four patients aged 18 to 60 years were entered into the AML-10 protocol (induction, consolidation, and autologous stem-cell transplantation [ASCT]), whereas 22 patients older than 60 years(More)
We have evaluated the activity and safety of gefitinib, a small-molecule epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor, in combination with docetaxel as first-line treatment of women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). In total, 41 patients with MBC were enrolled in a first-line combination therapy study with oral gefitinib (250 mg(More)
No established second-line chemotherapy is available for patients with advanced gastric cancer failing to respond or progressing to first-line chemotherapy. However, 20-40% of these patients commonly receive second-line chemotherapy. We evaluated the influence of clinico-pathologic factors on the survival of 175 advanced gastric cancer patients, who(More)
Octreotide, a somatostatin analogue, has been shown to inhibit the growth of gastrointestinal cancers in vitro and in vivo. To assess the anti-tumour effect of octreotide, we performed a randomised trial comparing octreotide with best supportive care in advanced gastrointestinal cancer patients refractory to chemotherapy. A total of 107 patients with(More)
In a randomized clinical trial, gemcitabine (GEM) was more effective than 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in advanced pancreatic cancer patients. GEM and 5-FU have different mechanisms of action and their combination, from a theoretical point of view, could result in a higher activity. To test activity and feasibility of such a combination, a multi-institutional(More)
In advanced gastric cancer, we investigated feasibility and activity of sequential chemotherapy with docetaxel after an intensive weekly regimen consisting of cisplatin, epidoxorubicin, fluorouracil, leucovorin (PELF) plus filgrastim. Chemotherapy-naive patients with relapsed or metastatic gastric cancer received 8 weekly administrations of chemotherapy(More)
The aim of the present study was to define the activity and tolerability of a triplet regimen including oxaliplatin 130 mg x m(-2) (2 h i.v. infusion) and raltitrexed 3.0 mg x m(-2) (15 min i.v. infusion) given on day 1, followed by levo-folinic acid 250 mg x m(-2) (2 h i.v. infusion) and 5-fluorouracil 1050 mg x m(-2) i.v. bolus on day 2, every 2 weeks, in(More)
In 20 patients with cisplatin-associated anaemia (haemoglobin less than 90 gl-1), recombinant human erythropoietin was administered subcutaneously three times a week on an outpatient basis. The initial dose was 50 Units Kg-1 of body weight. If response was not achieved within 3 weeks, dose was increased to 75 Units Kg-1. Using the same criteria further(More)