Giuseppe Catalano

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PURPOSE The transforming growth factor alpha-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) autocrine pathway has been implicated in prostate cancer cell growth. Amplification and/or overexpression of c-erbB-2, a receptor closely related to the EGFR, has been recently involved in prostate cancer progression. We investigated EGFR and c-erbB-2 expression in primary(More)
BACKGROUND Docetaxel (DCT), a semisynthetic taxoid, has demonstrated cytotoxic activity against gastric cancer in early phase II studies producing an overall response rate of 17-24%. The Gruppo Oncologico Italia Meridionale (G.O.I.M.) started a confirmatory multicenter phase II trial to evaluate the clinical activity and toxicity of single agent TXT in the(More)
To investigate the role of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression as a prognostic marker for prediction of cancer behavior and clinical outcomes in colon cancer patients undergoing potentially curative surgery. EGFR determination using a commercially available immunohistochemistry kit was performed in tissues from 149 colon cancer patients(More)
The prognostic significance of IL-10 and IL-6 serum levels in colon cancer patients undergoing surgery was investigated. To this end, 50 candidate patients with colon cancer for surgery were admitted to the study. Of these, 30 could be subjected to a potentially curative surgery. Cytokine serum levels at several time points before and after surgery were(More)
BACKGROUND To the authors' knowledge, little is known to date regarding the prognostic relevance of measuring serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potent stimulator of angiogenesis, in patients with colon carcinoma who undergo surgery. METHODS Preoperative and postoperative VEGF serum levels were determined by enzyme-linked(More)
 Interleukin(IL)-2 is a T helper (Th) 1 type cytokine that has been shown to play an important role in antitumour immune responses. In this study, the prognostic significance of serum IL-2 levels was investigated in 60 advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. IL-2 serum levels were determined before chemotherapy, at the end of chemotherapy and(More)
Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is a pleiotropic cytokine that has also been shown to exert effects relevant to cancer growth and progression. Cancer progression is believed to be contributed to by the ability of this cytokine to promote angiogenesis and mitogenic effects. As IL-8 production at the tumor site may determine elevated serum levels of this cytokine(More)
Anthracyclines are among the most active antineoplastic drugs developed to date, used both in the treatment of solid cancers, such as breast and ovarian cancer and sarcomas, and of hematologic cancers. However, their clinical use is limited by cardiotoxicity, which is observed at a range of 0.4-41%. The risk of this side effect can be minimized by using(More)
OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the concurrent treatment of chemoradiation followed by esophagectomy in the management of locoregional esophageal carcinoma. The main end points were to determine the resectability of the tumor and the pathologic tumor response. An accessory aim was to evaluate the survival rate. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty-nine patients(More)
Although the incidence of gastric cancer has been declining in Western countries, it is still a major health problem and a leading cause of cancer mortality. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for gastric adenocarcinoma. However, even among patients undergoing gastrectomy with curative intent, 5-year survival rates are disappointing due to locoregional(More)