Hakan Harputluoğlu

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Recently, a human/mouse chimeric monoclonal antibody, rituximab, has been successfully used to treat cases of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and some autoimmune diseases. However, several viral infections related to rituximab have been reported in the literature, but were not well characterized. To further investigate this topic, relevant English language(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the prevalence of arthralgia in breast cancer patients taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs) and perform a detailed rheumatologic assessment including autoimmune serology, musculoskeletal sonography, and electromyography (EMG) in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Postmenopausal patients with stage I to III breast cancer who were(More)
Central nervous system (CNS) metastases are detected in up to one third of patients with advanced breast cancer, but their incidence and outcomes by breast cancer subtypes are not precisely documented. Herein, we retrospectively analyzed clinicopathologic data of 259 breast cancer patients with CNS metastases to evaluate the association between breast(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Doppler sonographic blood-flow parameters and spectral patterns in the inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) and superior mesenteric artery (SMA) in patients with active and inactive (remission-phase) ulcerative colitis (UC). METHODS The IMAs and SMAs of 25 patients with active-phase UC (group 1), 19(More)
Though not very common, solid tumor involvement of the bone marrow (BM) may have serious consequences. Recent studies have shown that mean platelet volume (MPV) is a good indicator for BM disease in the differential diagnosis of thrombocytopenia. We investigated the significance of MPV in the diagnosis of BM metastasis in patients with solid tumors.(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the clinical outcome of patients with brain metastases (BMs) from human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) metastatic breast cancer (MBC) treated with lapatinib and capecitabine (LC). PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 203 patients with HER2+ MBC, who had progressed after trastuzumab-containing chemotherapy, were(More)
PURPOSE Rituximab has been successfully used in the treatment of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and some autoimmune diseases nearly for a decade. Several other malignancies and CD20-negative lymphomas have been reported in the literature after rituximab treatment. We aimed to investigate whether there is an association between rituximab treatment and(More)
For most of the patients with cancer comorbidity had independent prognostic effect. This negative influence of comorbidity on survival of cancer might be due to several mechanisms: the increased risk of death due to the comorbid condition itself, more contra-indications for anti-cancer treatment, more indications for dose reduction and a higher rate of(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of breast cancer patients with central nervous system (CNS) metastases and factors associated with survival after development of CNS metastasis. One-hundred-forty-four patients with brain metastases were retrospectively analyzed. Median age at the time of brain metastasis diagnosis was 48.9. Median(More)