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PURPOSE To compare fotemustine and dacarbazine (DTIC) in terms of overall response rate (ORR) as primary end-point and overall survival, duration of responses, time to progression, time to occurrence of brain metastases (BM), and to assess safety and quality of life in patients with disseminated cutaneous melanoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients received(More)
To evaluate the effectiveness of radiosurgery without whole brain radiotherapy in the palliative treatment of melanoma brain metastases, we retrospectively assessed the results in 35 patients: 4 with a solitary brain metastasis, 13 with a single brain metastasis and metastases elsewhere and 18 with multiple brain metastases. The local control rate was 98.2%(More)
One hundred sixty-nine patients with histologic evidence of disseminated malignant melanoma, including patients with cerebral metastases, were entered into a Phase II study of the nitrosourea fotemustine. The treatment regimen consisted of a 100 mg/m2 1 hour IV infusion every week for 3 consecutive weeks, followed by a 4- to 5-week rest period (induction(More)
INTRODUCTION Only ablative methods lead to long term remission of areas affected by Hailey-Hailey disease: excision/skin graft, cryosurgery, dermabrasion... The method using the CO2 laser is a recent addition in the management of this dermatitis. We report our experience with this technique in 4 patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Carbon dioxide laser(More)
A study of 207 consecutive white patients older than 18 years of age with nonfamilial nodular and superficial spreading melanoma and 295 controls was conducted in southeast France. Controls were recruited in a public health center. They were matched for sex and age to the overall population older than 18 years of age according to the last census.(More)
A prospective survey was conducted to assess the role of patients in the melanoma prognosis. Consecutive patients with primary melanoma were interviewed and examined using a comprehensive questionnaire including a psychological instrument. Main outcome measures were the delay before medical intervention and the tumor thickness. Of 590 melanomas, 70.8% were(More)
Excessive sun exposure in the first 15 years of life has been shown to be a determinant risk factor for melanoma. This study was conducted on a randomly selected sample of 200 adolescents (13-14 years old) and 150 children (3 years old) in Marseille (South of France). Children and adolescents were examined and interviewed (mothers answered for young(More)
BACKGROUND Stiff-skin syndrome (SSS) is a rare cutaneous syndrome characterized by stony-hard skin and limitation of joint mobility. Its cause is still unknown. OBJECTIVE Biological investigations were performed in a new case of SSS. METHODS Collagen production and DNA biosynthesis were studied from fibroblast culture. Proinflammatory cytokines(More)
BACKGROUND Owing to the limited efficacy of therapy on melanoma at the stage of distant metastases, a well-tolerated adjuvant therapy is needed for patients with high-risk primary melanoma. Our hypothesis was that an adjuvant treatment with low doses of interferon alpha could be effective in patients with localised melanoma. METHODS After resection of a(More)