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The following is a report on the clinical experience of an Israeli referral center for iodine-131 metaiodobenzylguanidine (131-MIBG) therapy for malignant pheochromocytoma (MPCC) and malignant paraganglioma (MPGG). The charts of 10 patients with MPCC (n = 7) and MPGG (n = 3) treated between 2000 and 2008 were reviewed. Response to 131-MIBG therapy was(More)
Spiritual care is a vital part of holistic patient care. Awareness of common patient beliefs will facilitate discussions about spirituality. Such conversations are inherently good for the patient, deepen the caring staff-patient-family relationship, and enhance understanding of how beliefs influence care decisions. All healthcare providers are likely to(More)
Curcumin, commonly called diferuloyl methane, is a hydrophobic polyphenol derived from rhizome (turmeric) of the herb Curcuma longa. Extensive research over the last half century has revealed important functions of curcumin. In vitro and in vivo research has shown various activities, such as anti-inflammatory, cytokines release, antioxidant,(More)
INTRODUCTION Malignancy is often associated with hematological disorders, but rarely is the diagnosis of malignancy secondary to the diagnosis of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. CASE REPORTS We report hereby two patients with metastatic gastric carcinoma presenting with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia.(More)
Chromatin status is characterized in part by covalent posttranslational modifications of histones that regulate chromatin dynamics and direct gene expression. BORIS (brother of the regulator of imprinted sites) is an insulator DNA-binding protein that is thought to play a role in chromatin organization and gene expression. BORIS is a cancer-germ line gene;(More)
In a previous genomic analysis, using somatic methyltransferase (DNMT) knockout cells, we showed that hypomethylation decreased the expression of as many genes as were observed to increase, suggesting a previously unknown mechanism for epigenetic regulation. To address this idea, the expression of the BAG family genes was used as a model. These genes were(More)
Tumor cell proliferation, de-differentiation, and progression depend on a complex combination of altered intracellular processes including cell cycle regulation, excessive growth factor pathway activation, and decreased apoptosis. Metabolites from these processes result in significant cellular oxidative stress that must be buffered to prevent permanent cell(More)
The Mayo Clinic regimen of leucovorin 20 mg/m followed immediately by 5-fluorouracil 425 mg/m administered for 5 consecutive days every 4 weeks is commonly used in the treatment of colorectal cancer. This study was aimed at prospectively determining the incidence and pattern of severe toxicity associated with this regimen. We evaluated prospectively 243(More)
BACKGROUND Limited research is available on the perspectives of patients with cancer regarding integration of complementary medicine (CM) in conventional supportive cancer care. The purpose of this study was to explore patients' perspectives concerning CM integration within conventional oncology settings. PATIENTS AND METHODS A 27-item questionnaire was(More)
OBJECTIVE An examination of whether oxycodone/naloxone prolonged-release tablets (OXN PR) can improve constipation and maintain analgesia, compared with oxycodone prolonged-release tablets (OxyPR) in patients with moderate/severe cancer pain. METHODS Randomized, double-blind, active-controlled, double-dummy, parallel-group study in which 185 patients were(More)