Gerassimos Aravantinos

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PURPOSE The aim of this study was to explore the effect of dose-dense sequential chemotherapy with or without paclitaxel primarily on disease-free survival (DFS) and secondarily on overall survival (OS) in patients with high-risk operable breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS From June 1997 until November 2000, 604 patients with T1-3N1M0 or T3N0M0 tumors(More)
Trastuzumab (T) is effective in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) with HER2 overexpression and/or amplification, but resistance to T develops in a significant number of HER2-positive patients. Understanding the mechanisms of resistance is critical to the care of these patients. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor tissue samples were collected from 256(More)
There is evidence that sex hormones and intrauterine factors are involved in the etiology of testicular cancer. We evaluated the importance of perinatal and adult life correlates of sex hormones as risk factors for testicular cancer in a case control study of 97 incident, histologically confirmed cases, residents of the Greater Athens area and environs, who(More)
PURPOSE The combination of methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin (MVAC) represents the standard regimen for inoperable or metastatic urothelial cancer, but its toxicity is significant. We previously reported a 52% response rate (RR) using a docetaxel and cisplatin (DC) combination. The toxicity of this regimen compared favorably with that(More)
BACKGROUND The toxicity of platinum-based combinations represents a common problem for patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma. The authors previously reported encouraging efficacy for the combination of carboplatin and gemcitabine in patients considered to be unfit for cisplatin-based treatment. The objective of the current multicenter Phase II study(More)
BACKGROUND Brain metastases from epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) are rare. A retrospective study of all patients diagnosed with brain metastases from EOC over the last 20 years, according to the Hellenic Cooperative Oncology Group (HeCOG) tumor registry, was conducted. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 1450 patients with EOC were treated within various(More)
PURPOSE Ovarian clear-cell carcinomas (OCCC) are known to be possibly resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy and to have a poorer prognosis with respect to other subtypes of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). This study was undertaken to compare response and survival to platinum-based chemotherapy between patients with advanced stage III and IV OCCC and(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the use of surgery and radiotherapy, 20-35% of patients with aggressive fibromatosis (AF) will have local recurrence. The purpose of this review was to collect and analyze all available information regarding the role of non-cytotoxic and cytotoxic chemotherapy in AF that has been accumulated over the past few decades. PATIENTS AND(More)
A phase II study was conducted to evaluate the activity and toxicity profile of the combination of docetaxel and gemcitabine in anthracycline-resistant advanced breast cancer (ABC). Thirty-nine eligible patients with a median performance status of 1 (range, 0-2) were enrolled in the study. Treatment consisted of docetaxel 75 mg/m2 in a 1-hr infusion on day(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the activity and toxicity of the combination of paclitaxel given by three-hour infusion, and carboplatin as first-line chemotherapy in patients with advanced breast cancer (ABC). BACKGROUND Paclitaxel is an active agent in ABC. Furthermore, our group has shown that the combination of paclitaxel and carboplatin is effective in(More)