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BACKGROUND The benefits of preoperative chemotherapy and radiation for esophageal carcinoma are under investigation. A pilot study was undertaken to determine if pathologic assessment of tumor regression correlated with disease free survival. METHODS Ninety-three resected specimens from patients treated with cis-dichloro-diamino cisplatin and irradiation(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of an oxaliplatin, fluorouracil (5-FU), and folinic acid (FA) combination in patients with metastatic or advanced gastric cancer (M/AGC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Of the 54 eligible patients with measurable or assessable M/AGC, 53 received oxaliplatin 100 mg/m(2) and FA 400 mg/m(2) (2-hour intravenous infusion)(More)
PURPOSE A phase III, multicenter, randomized study compared conventional dosing of fluorouracil (FU) plus folinic acid with pharmacokinetically guided FU dose adjustment in terms of response, tolerability, and survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two hundred eight patients with measurable metastatic colorectal cancer were randomly assigned to one of two arms:(More)
Patients with measurable or evaluable locally advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus were treated with cisplatin (CDDP), 100 mg/m2, combined with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) at a dose of 1000 mg/m2 as a continuous infusion from days 1-5 (Arm A) or with CDDP alone (Arm B). Cycles were repeated every 3 weeks. 92 patients were randomised(More)
A retrospective matched-control study was conducted to review our experience with FIGO stage III and IV epithelial ovarian cancer in patients referred after initial laparotomy and biopsy only. The study group comprised 22 patients; planned treatment was two to four cycles of chemotherapy, interval debulking surgery, six more chemotherapy cycles, and(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the response rate and toxic effects of vinorelbine (VNB) administered as a single agent in metastatic squamous cell esophageal carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-six eligible patients with measurable lesions were included and were stratified according to previous chemotherapy. Thirty patients without prior chemotherapy and 16(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A retrospective study comparing chemotherapy and radiation, esophagectomy alone versus preoperative radiochemotherapy and surgery in localized squamous-cell esophageal carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 1989 and 1995, 139 patients (40 stage I, 77 stage IIA and 22 stage IIB according to the UICC 78 TNM classification) were(More)
PURPOSE The efficacy and safety of single-agent, high-dose irinotecan (CPT-11, Campto) 500 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks were investigated as first-line treatment for advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients were enrolled into the study to receive a first cycle of therapy with irinotecan at a dose of 350 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks, which could(More)
The aim of this Phase III, balanced randomised trial was to compare continuous intravenous infusion (CVI) of 5-FU with bolus (B) administration for metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). One hundred and fifty-five non-pretreated patients were randomised to receive CVI 5-FU at a dose of 750 mg/m2/day (d), 7 d every 21 d (n = 77), or bolus 5-FU 500 mg/m2/d x 5 d(More)