Gerardo Rosati

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PURPOSE To investigate oxaliplatin combined with fluorouracil-based chemoradiotherapy as preoperative treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Seven hundred forty-seven patients with resectable, locally advanced (cT3-4 and/or cN1-2) adenocarcinoma of the mid-low rectum were randomly assigned to receive pelvic radiation (50.4 Gy(More)
PURPOSE We performed this phase III study to compare the irinotecan, leucovorin (LV), and fluorouracil (FU) regimen (FOLFIRI) versus the oxaliplatin, LV, and FU regimen (FOLFOX4) in previously untreated patients with advanced colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 360 chemotherapy-naive patients were randomly assigned to receive, every 2(More)
BACKGROUND Docetaxel is one of the most promising new drugs against squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), while cisplatin is one of the most active single agents. A phase I study has shown the feasibility of the combination of the two drugs, and activity in SCCHN has been seen. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with locally advanced,(More)
CRA4008 Background: Oxaliplatin (OXA) enhances the efficacy of FU-based chemotherapy in colon cancer. This randomized phase III trial investigated the effect of adding OXA to preoperative (preop) FU-based pelvic chemoradiation (CRT) in patients (pts) with locally-advanced rectal cancer. METHODS Eligibility required a resectable, biopsy-proven rectal(More)
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the antitumor activity and the safety of paclitaxel combined with gemcitabine and cisplatin in patients affected by advanced transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelium (TCC). Eighty-five patients affected by advanced TCC and measurable disease were randomized to receive either paclitaxel at dosage of 70 mg/m2,(More)
BACKGROUND A phase II study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a combination regimen of a reduced dose intensity of docetaxel (Taxotere) plus capecitabine in pretreated patients with metastatic gastric cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-eight patients with documented progression on or within 3 months of a cisplatin-based chemotherapy(More)
Metastatic gastric cancer remains an incurable disease, with a relative 5-year survival rate of 7%-27%. Chemotherapy, which improves overall survival (OS) and quality of life, is the main treatment option. Meta-analysis has demonstrated that the best survival results obtained in earlier randomized studies were achieved with three-drug regimens containing a(More)
OBJECTIVES Colorectal cancer is usually diagnosed in elderly patients. Since there is clear evidence that such patients are under-treated and under-represented or even excluded from clinical studies and there are no reliable and prospective data on the feasibility and efficacy of an oxaliplatin (L-OHP)-based chemotherapy in this setting, we have tested the(More)
BACKGROUND Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the elderly. Information on tolerability and efficacy of 5-Fluorouracil-based chemotherapy in such patients is limited. Primary aim of the study was to describe tolerability and activity of chemotherapy with the "de Gramont" schedule (FU bolus [400 mg/m ] + FU continuous infusion [600 mg/m ](More)
BACKGROUND Cisplatin (CDDP) is among the most active single agents against squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), and it is still the reference drug in the induction chemotherapy setting, when used in combination with infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Raltitrexed has been shown to be devoid of clinical activity against SCCHN when used alone;(More)