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The bioavailability of orally administered imatinib is >90%, although the drug is monocationic under the acidic conditions in the duodenum. In vitro, we found that imatinib is transported by the intestinal uptake carrier organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP1A2) and that this process is sensitive to pH, rosuvastatin, and genetic variants. However, in(More)
Through advances in molecular biology, insight into the mechanisms driving malignancies has improved immensely and as a result, various factors playing an essential role in the biology of numerous tumor types have been revealed. By using compounds that specifically block the function of a single factor being crucial for tumor pathogenesis, it was hoped to(More)
BACKGROUND Weekly paclitaxel/cisplatin is effective in platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). To reduce toxicity, paclitaxel/cisplatin was replaced by paclitaxel/carboplatin. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with progressive EOC after prior 3-weekly paclitaxel/carboplatin were treated with six cycles weekly paclitaxel 90 mg/m(2) and carboplatin(More)
Experimental therapies for Barrett's esophagus, such as 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-based photodynamic therapy (PDT), aim to ablate the premalignant Barrett's epithelium. However, the reproducibility of the effects should be improved to optimize treatment. Accurate irradiation with light of a proper wavelength (633 nm), fluence and fluence rate has shown to(More)
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological cancer in women in the western world with a 5-year survival of 49.7%. Advanced stage ovarian cancer is treated both surgically and with chemotherapy, but despite initial high response rates of 60- 75%, many women experience disease recurrence with a dismal prognosis, 5 year overall survival for FIGO stage IIIc(More)
BACKGROUND Weekly paclitaxel/carboplatin might improve survival in platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). We compared efficacy of first-line weekly to three-weekly paclitaxel/cis- or carboplatin (PCw and PC3w) induction therapy, followed by either three or six PC3w cycles. PATIENTS AND METHODS In this multicentre, randomised phase III trial(More)
BACKGROUND Concomitant hyperthermia has been shown to improve response rate after cisplatin in recurrent cervical cancer in previously irradiated patients. It is unclear whether similar response rates can be obtained in patients with a recurrence after previous platinum-containing chemoradiation. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to evaluate the outcome of(More)
Barrett's esophagus (BE) can experimentally be treated with 5-aminolevulinic acid-based photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT), in which ALA, the precursor of the endogenous photosensitizer protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and subsequent irradiation with laser light are applied to destroy the (pre)malignant tissue. Accurate dosimetry is critical for successful ALA-PDT.(More)
We present a patient with recurrent bacterial cholangitis. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography did not show evidence for choledocholithiasis or obstructing abnormalities of the common bile duct. However, a juxtapapillary diverticulum was situated at the edge of the papilla of Vater. We postulate that a juxtapapillary diverticulum can obstruct(More)
BACKGROUND Cisplatin-based chemotherapy (etoposide 100 mg/m(2) days 1-5, methotrexate 300 mg/m(2) day 1, cyclophosphamide 600 mg/m(2) day 1, actinomycin D 0.6 mg/m(2) day 2 and cisplatin 60 mg/m(2) day 4, EMACP) was compared to EMA/CO (etoposide 100 mg/m(2) days 1-2, methotrexate 300 mg/m(2) day 1 and actinomycin D 0.5 mg i.v. bolus day 1 and 0.5 mg/m(2)(More)