Graziella S Cefalo

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PURPOSE The aim of this study was to avoid radiotherapy and to induce an objective response in children with low-grade glioma (LGG) using a simple chemotherapy regimen based on cisplatin and etoposide. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty-four children (median age, 45 months) with unresectable LGG were treated with 10 monthly cycles of cisplatin (30 mg/m(2)/d on(More)
PURPOSE With a view to improving the prognosis for patients with metastatic medulloblastoma, we tested the efficacy and toxicity of a hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy (HART) regimen delivered after intensive sequential chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between 1998 and 2007, 33 consecutive patients received postoperative methotrexate (8(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Neuroblastoma is the most common solid extracranial tumor in children. The median age of onset is 2 years, with more than 95% of patients younger than 10 years at diagnosis. As neuroblastoma is rare in adolescents and exceedingly rare in adults, few series are reported in the literature. In the present study, we analyzed the outcomes and(More)
PURPOSE We compared two chemotherapy regimens that included methotrexate (MTX), cisplatin (CDP), and doxorubicin (ADM) with or without ifosfamide (IFO) in patients with nonmetastatic osteosarcoma of the extremity. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients age ≤ 40 years randomly received regimens with the same cumulative doses of drugs (ADM 420 mg/m(2), MTX 120(More)
PURPOSE Supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumors (S-PNET) are rare and have a grim prognosis, frequently taking an aggressive course with local relapse and metastatic spread. We report the results of a mono-institutional therapeutic trial. METHODS AND MATERIALS We enrolled 15 consecutive patients to preradiation chemotherapy (CT) consisting of(More)
Patients with diffuse pontine gliomas have a median survival of less than one year and represent a challenge for pediatric oncologists, prompting them to attempt experimental therapies. From 1987 to 2005, 62 children with diffuse pontine glioma, not amenable to curative surgery, were treated according to four successive pilot protocols: (1) concomitant(More)
The objective of the study was to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of Temozolomide (TMZ) administered for 5 consecutive days in three daily dosing in children with recurrent or refractory high-grade glioma. Twenty-four patients with a median age of 10.5 years were enrolled onto this open-label, multicenter, phase II study. The patients were previously(More)
Perforin mutations have been demonstrated in a proportion of patients diagnosed with the familial form of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). In the present study, we evaluated whether some patients with lymphoma sharing clinical characteristics with HLH might harbor mutations of the perforin gene. We analyzed 29 patients and found that 4 patients,(More)
PURPOSE Myeloablative regimens were frequently used for medulloblastoma relapsing after craniospinal irradiation (CSI): in 1997-2002, we used repeated surgery, standard-dose and myeloablative chemotherapy, and reirradiation. METHODS AND MATERIALS In 10 patients, reinduction included sequential high-dose etoposide, high-dose cyclophosphamide/vincristine,(More)
We retrospectively studied 26 consecutive adults treated for medulloblastoma using paediatric protocols. Between 1987 and 2003, patients 18 years old were given adjuvant chemotherapy consisting of one of two 'paediatric' regimens (depending on the time of presentation) and craniospinal local-boost radiotherapy: regimen A (n = 12), vincristine (VCR),(More)