Giovanna Cannas

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BACKGROUND The treatment of older adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is associated with unsatisfactory rates of response and overall survival. Identification of valuable factors that can facilitate therapeutic decision-making between intensive chemotherapy and investigational treatment strategies is warranted. METHODS Analysis of proliferative(More)
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) during induction chemotherapy of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) could worsen the prognosis. Our objective was to study how the development of IA during AML interferes with the therapeutic strategy and to evaluate its impact on the short- and long-term survival. Newly diagnosed AML patients between the years 2004 and 2007 were(More)
It has been proposed that Vitamin D has a significant influence on disease progression in malignancy. This study aims to investigate whether serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] are associated with prognosis in patients with hematological malignancies. This study is based on 105 patients with hematological disease (acute and chronic leukemias,(More)
BACKGROUND The study objectives were: 1) to report on invasive aspergillosis patients in a hematology department; and 2) to estimate its incidence according to the hematologic diagnosis. DESIGN AND METHODS A prospective survey of invasive aspergillosis cases was undertaken between January 2004 and December 2009 in the hematology department of a university(More)
Lenalidomide (LEN) has been shown to yield red blood cell (RBC) transfusion independence in about 25% of lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) without del(5q), but its efficacy in patients clearly refractory to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA) is not known. We report on 31 consecutive lower-risk non-del(5q) MDS patients with anaemia refractory(More)
Infections are a major complication in patients with acute myeloid leukemia undergoing intensive chemotherapy. They remain a major cause of therapy-associated morbidity and mortality, and represent a frequent cause of treatment withdrawal. An analysis of the medical charts of 459 younger adults included in the multicenter Acute Leukemia French Association(More)
We investigated whether dendritic cells (DCs) play a role in favoring granular lymphocyte (GL) proliferation in patients with lymphoproliferative disease of granular lymphocytes (LDGL). The presence of in vivo circulating DCs was studied in 11 patients (5 CD3+ and 6 CD3- LDGL). Autologous immature (iDCs) and mature (mDCs) DCs generated in vitro were studied(More)
BACKGROUND Patients aged ≥ 70 years with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have a poorer prognosis than those aged 60 to 69 years. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 183 patients aged ≥ 70 years with a performance status of ≤ 2 treated at our institution from 2000 to 2014. Treatment consisted of anthracycline- and cytarabine-based(More)
Clofarabine, a next-generation deoxyadenosine analog, has demonstrated significant activity in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The single-agent activity compares favorably with that demonstrated by the current standard antileukemia agents. Clofarabine has been safely and effectively combined with other agents and will probably become an integral(More)