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PURPOSE Six randomized phase II and III trials have investigated the role of oxaliplatin (OX) in combination with capecitabine (CAP) or infusional fluorouracil (FU) in metastatic colorectal cancer. This meta-analysis compared the efficacy of CAP/OX compared with infusional FU/OX. PATIENTS AND METHODS This analysis compared all published CAP/OX versus(More)
BACKGROUND This phase Ib trial assessed safety, tolerability, and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of figitumumab (CP-751,871), a fully human monoclonal antibody targeting the insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-IR), in combination with docetaxel. METHODS Patients with advanced solid tumours were treated with escalating dose levels of figitumumab(More)
Phase-I trials traditionally involve dose-escalation to determine the maximal tolerated dose (MTD). With conventional chemotherapy, efficacy is generally deemed to be dose-dependent, but the same may not be applicable to molecularly targeted agents (MTAs). We analysed consecutive patients included in Phase-I trials at the Royal Marsden Hospital from 5(More)
PURPOSE With the aim of improving patient selection for phase I trials, we previously performed a retrospective analysis of 212 phase I oncology patients where we were able to develop a prognostic score predicting overall survival (OS). This prospective study was performed to test the validity of the prognostic score. PATIENTS AND METHODS On the basis of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Microsatellite instability (MSI) is a potential indicator of prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). To date, there are a limited number of studies which investigated its role in advanced CRC. Our study investigated the value of high degree of MSI (MSI-H) in patients treated with 5-FU/oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy which has(More)
Mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma of the lung is a rare disease with an indolent clinical behaviour. This single centre retrospective analysis evaluates the treatment strategies and clinical outcome for these patients. A total number of ten patients (7 male/3 female) were identified between January 1997 and October 2005 and their records(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of circulating tumour cell (CTC) counts, before and after commencing treatment, with overall survival (OS) in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN A 7.5 ml of blood was collected before and after treatment in 119 patients with CRPC. CTCs were(More)
The prognosis of patients with metastatic melanoma is poor and not influenced by systemic therapy with cytotoxic drugs. New targeted agents directed against the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK pathway show promising activity in early clinical development and particular interest is focused on selective inhibitors of mutant BRAF, which is present in one half of the cases of(More)
Novel, effective therapies are needed for peripheral T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (PTCL). We treated 16 patients with a combination of gemcitabine, cisplatin and methylprednisolone (GEM-P). Three patients (19%) achieved a complete remission and eight (50%) a partial remission. GEM-P has encouraging efficacy with an acceptable toxicity profile in patients(More)
PURPOSE Dabrafenib is a selective inhibitor of V600-mutant BRAF kinase, which recently showed improved progression-free survival (PFS) as compared with dacarbazine, in metastatic melanoma patients. This study examined potential genetic markers associated with response and PFS in the phase I study of dabrafenib. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Baseline (pretreatment(More)