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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)
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 Six months of oxaliplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy is standard of care for radically resected stage III colon cancer and an accepted option for high-risk stage II. A shorter duration of therapy, if equally efficacious, would be advantageous for patients and Health-Care Systems. PATIENTS AND METHODS TOSCA ['Randomized trial investigating the(More)
PURPOSE The addition of bevacizumab to oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). An increased risk of arterial thromboembolic events has been observed in some trials in older patients, and the potential benefit of a maintenance therapy with bevacizumab alone has(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)
BACKGROUND Colorectal cancer is the third most common and the third most lethal cancer in both men and women in developed countries. About 75% of cases are first diagnosed when the disease is classified as localized or regional, undergo potentially curative treatment and enter a post-treatment surveillance program. Although such programs drain significant(More)
BACKGROUND Some trial have demonstrated a benefit of adjuvant fluoropirimidine with or without platinum compounds compared with surgery alone. ITACA-S study was designed to evaluate whether a sequential treatment of FOLFIRI [irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/folinic acid (5-FU/LV)] followed by docetaxel plus cisplatin improves disease-free survival in(More)
Gemcitabine is considered the gold standard treatment for unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Intra-arterial drug administration had shown some interesting results in small phase II studies. In this study, patients were randomly assigned to receive gemcitabine at a dose of 1,000 mg/m2 over 30 minutes intravenously weekly for 7 weeks, followed by 1 week(More)