George L. Chen

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PURPOSE Lapatinib is an oral small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor of both epidermal growth factor receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). This study is designed to test whether the addition of lapatinib to paclitaxel improves overall survival (OS) compared with placebo plus paclitaxel in patients with HER2-overexpressing metastatic(More)
Rituximab, a humanized monoclonal antibody approved for malignant lymphoma, is being increasingly, effectively, and safely used for immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and other humoral autoimmune disorders. We report the case of a 43-year-old man with ITP refractory to steroids and intravenous immunoglobulin who developed acute respiratory distress(More)
PURPOSE To assess the acute toxicity profile of whole pelvis IMRT (WP-IMRT) for localized prostate cancer. MATERIALS Eighty seven patients treated with definitive WP-IMRT at UTMB from May 2002 to November 2006 were retrospectively reviewed. Treatment consisted of two sequential phases, WP-IMRT to 54 Gy at 1.8 Gy per fraction to the pelvic nodes and(More)
This paper reports the study on the effects of the ethanol extract of Cordyceps sinensis (CS-II), a potent herbal tonic, on murine and human in vitro natural killer cell (NK) activities and on murine in vivo NK activity (by 125I clearance assay), and on colony formation of B16 melanoma in mouse lungs. The results revealed that: 1. the in vivo and in vitro(More)
B cells are involved in the pathogenesis of chronic GVHD (cGVHD). We hypothesized that prophylactic anti-B-cell therapy delivered 2 months after transplantation would decrease allogeneic donor B-cell immunity and possibly the incidence of cGVHD. Therefore, in the present study, patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (n = 22) and mantle-cell(More)
Since its launch in 1948, the Framingham Heart Study has proved critical to shaping and enhancing our understanding of the history and root causes of coronary heart disease (CHD). A modern prototype for population-based studies, the Framingham Heart Study garnered widespread recognition in its early years for identifying risk factors for CHD and stroke and(More)
Stimulatory antiplatelet derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRA) antibodies have been associated with extensive chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). We performed a phase 1 dose escalation trial of imatinib in corticosteroid-dependent/refractory cGVHD to assess the safety of imatinib and test the hypothesis that abrogation of PDGFRA signaling can(More)
PURPOSE Cutaneous sclerosis occurs in 20% of patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and can compromise mobility and quality of life. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We conducted a prospective, multicenter, randomized, two-arm phase II crossover trial of imatinib (200 mg daily) or rituximab (375 mg/m(2) i.v. weekly × 4 doses, repeatable after 3 months)(More)
Transgenic expression of a gain-of-function truncated mouse erythropoietin receptor gene (EpoR) leads to expansion of the HSC pool in response to human erythropoietin (Epo). We have re-examined this observation using a knock-in mouse model, wherein the mouse EpoR gene was replaced in its proper genetic locus by a single copy of either a wild-type human or a(More)