Gerardo Rosati

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Aberrant activation of some members of human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER) family plays a key role in breast carcinogenesis. Lapatinib is an oral dual tyrosine kinase inhibitor selective for inhibition of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/ErbB1) and HER2/ErbB2. Having more targets, probably its antitumor activity could be more efficient.(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this phase II study was to assess the activity of panitumumab in combination with oxaliplatin, 5-fluorouracil, and external radiotherapy (RT) as preoperative treatment in locally advanced rectal cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients had rectal adenocarcinoma, cT3N+ or cT4N-/+ stage, located <12 cm from the anal margin.(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)
BACKGROUND To determine the efficacy and tolerability of capecitabine combined with oxaliplatin (CAPOX) or irinotecan (CAPIRI) as first-line treatment in patients with advanced/metastatic colorectal cancer aged > or =70 years. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients aged > or =70 years were randomly assigned to receive CAPOX [oxaliplatin 65 mg/m(2) intravenously(More)
HER-2 (ErbB-2, c-erbB2 or Her2/neu), a member of the HER-family, is directly involved in the pathogenesis and progression of several human cancers; as such, it is also often considered as a poor prognostic factor. Following the revolutionary impact of anti-HER-2 therapy in breast cancer patients, the role of HER-2 and its blockade has also been extensively(More)
Despite the improvements in diagnosis and treatment, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second cause of cancer deaths in both sexes. Therefore, research in this field remains of great interest. The approval of bevacizumab, a humanized anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) monoclonal antibody, in combination with a fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy in(More)
Cetuximab improves efficacy when added to chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Effective management of skin reactions from cetuximab improves quality of life (QoL), and treatment compliance in clinical trials. No data are available from real-world settings. The ObservEr observational, multicenter, prospective study evaluated QoL, the(More)
The identification of new surrogate endpoints for advanced colorectal cancer is becoming crucial and, along with drug development, it represents a research field increasingly studied. Although overall survival (OS) remains the strongest trial endpoint available, it requires larger sample size and longer periods of time for an event to happen. Surrogate(More)
The presence of an adrenal gland nodule may be an early or late sign of metastatic spread from colorectal cancer. It usually appears when the internal malignancy is widely disseminated and has been previously diagnosed. Adrenal insufficiency can be compatible with bilateral and diffuse involvement of this uncommon site of disease. Although a surgical(More)
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