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The angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor-D (VEGF-D) isa ligand for VEGF receptor-3 (VEGFR-3/Flt-4) and receptor-2 (VEGFR-2/KDR)and is implicated in the development of lymphatic vessels and promotion of lymphatic metastases. We assessed the expression of VEGF-D and VEGFR-3 in relation to microvessel density (MVD) in colorectal carcinomas(More)
Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) is a prognostic, palliative, and potentially therapeutic procedure for patients with malignant phenotype Leydig cell tumours of the testis. We reviewed the records of patients diagnosed with malignant phenotype Leydig cell tumours of the testis treated by RPLND. Modified template dissection was performed in all(More)
Intracranial metastases from liposarcoma are rare and almost always preceded by the development of systemic tumour spread. We report here a case of liposarcoma with spread to the cranial nervous system 23 years after treatment of the primary tumour. The literature on brain metastases from soft tissue sarcoma is also reviewed.
Seliciclib (CYC202; R-roscovitine) is the first selective, orally bioavailable inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 1, 2, 7 and 9 to enter clinical trial. Preclinical studies showed antitumour activity in a broad range of human tumour xenografts. A phase I trial was performed with a 7-day b.i.d. p.o. schedule. Twenty-one patients (median age 62 years,(More)
PURPOSE We investigated whether the pharmacokinetics and tolerability of gefitinib were altered in patients with hepatic impairment due to cirrhosis or hepatic metastases in two open, parallel-group, multicenter studies. METHODS In Study 1, subjects with normal hepatic function or mild, moderate, or severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh criteria) due to(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gut and are distinguished by expression of CD117 (c-Kit). Oncogenic mutations in the KIT or PDGFRA gene are detected in approximately 85% of sporadic GISTs. In recent years, examples of familial GIST have been reported in which germline mutations of KIT or PDGFRA result in(More)
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a unique cancer therapy characterized by its novelty, intensity, and toxicity. Although families have been identified as having a critical influence on patient adaptation during the acute phase of BMT, minimal attention has been paid to their experiences during extended survivorship. This article reviews findings from a(More)
The treatment of colorectal cancer is rapidly becoming a significant financial burden to health-care systems within economically developed nations. A current challenge for oncologists and health-care payers is to integrate new, often high-cost, biologic therapies into clinical practice. Inherent to this process is the consideration of cost-effectiveness.(More)
INTRODUCTION Pneumonia and tracheal aspiration remain problematic following esophagectomy. We hypothesized that the incidence of postesophagectomy pneumonia occurs in part because of swallowing dysfunction and more importantly silent tracheobronchial aspiration. Therefore, we instituted a routine prospective formal swallowing evaluation to determine if the(More)