Heather J. Au

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PURPOSE Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer have a poor prognosis and there have been no improvements in survival since the introduction of gemcitabine in 1996. Pancreatic tumors often overexpress human epidermal growth factor receptor type 1 (HER1/EGFR) and this is associated with a worse prognosis. We studied the effects of adding the(More)
PURPOSE We assessed the prognostic impact of genitourinary small cell carcinoma tumor and patient characteristics, and therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the records of 180 patients with genitourinary small cell carcinoma in which patient and tumor characteristics, therapy, followup duration and survival status had been documented.(More)
Considering the single-agent activity of docetaxel (Taxotere; Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, Antony, France) and doxorubicin in breast cancer and their potential non-cross-resistance, several docetaxel/anthracycline-based combination chemotherapies were developed in phase I and II programs for metastatic breast cancer patients. The rationale for these combinations(More)
Among the novel chemotherapeutic drugs introduced in the last decade, taxanes have emerged as the most powerful compounds and results available to date suggest that they will be remembered in the future as the breast cancer chemotherapy of the 1990s. The two taxanes (paclitaxel, Taxol, Bristol-Myers Squibb and docetaxel, Taxotere, Rhône-Poulenc Rorer) share(More)
Given the single-agent activity of docetaxel and doxorubicin in metastatic breast cancer and their potential non-cross-resistance, several phase I/II pilot studies of either docetaxel/doxorubicin (TA) or TA plus cyclophosphamide (TAC) were conducted. The results of these studies show that the main toxicity is related to neutropenia and its consequences,(More)
Purpose The Src family of kinases may play a role in the development and progression of gastric cancer. We evaluated the activity and safety of saracatinib an oral, anilinoquinazolone, non-receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting Src kinases, in patients with metastatic or locally advanced gastric carcinoma. Methods Eligible patients who had received ≤1(More)
In contrast to previous decades, the 1990s have witnessed an increase of new agents with significant activity in breast cancer, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and, more recently, biologic modifiers. All information appears to confirm that such a trend will persist and even accelerate in the coming decades. Unless clear strategies of development(More)
This analysis evaluates the cost-effectiveness (C/E) of routine vaccination against Neisseria meningitidis. Three different preventive strategies are analyzed: mass vaccination during epidemics (the current standard of care), routine preventive vaccination and a combination strategy of routine vaccination with mass vaccination during epidemics. A Markov(More)