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BACKGROUND Letrozole is a proven and effective adjuvant therapy in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive (HR(+)) early breast cancer (EBC). As with other aromatase inhibitors (AIs), long-term letrozole administration is associated with decreased bone mineral density (BMD) and increased fracture risk. This study compared potential(More)
The use of chemotherapy regimens with moderate or high risk of febrile neutropenia (defined as having a FN incidence of 10% or more) and the respective incidence and clinical management of FN in breast cancer and NHL has not been studied in Belgium. The existence of a medical need for G-CSF primary and secondary prophylaxis with these regimens was(More)
Prompt empiric antibiotic therapy is of critical importance for patients with neutropenic fever. However, a major concern with important clinical consequences is the emergence of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. After using ceftazidime with a glycopeptide as initial empiric therapy for neutropenic fever, we were confronted with a 75% reduced(More)
Sclerosing peritonitis is a rare condition characterised by fibrosis and adhesion of the peritoneum to loops of the small intestine. It is generally associated with continuous peritoneal dialysis, peritoneo-venous shunts or &beta-adrenergic blocking agents. In this case we report a female patient with idiopathic sclerosing peritonitis and systemic lupus(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness and acceptability of photobiomodulation using MLS® laser therapy (LT) in the management of acute radiation dermatitis (RD). We compared two successive groups of breast cancer patients undergoing identical radiotherapy regimens post-lumpectomy. Both groups received our standard skin care but the second(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the epidemiology and antibiotic susceptibility profiles of isolated bacterial organisms in relation to empiric treatment of neutropenic fever over a 15-year period. METHODS All patients with or at risk for febrile neutropenia and treated in the hematology ward of the Antwerp University Hospital during(More)
Mortality due to febrile neutropenia has decreased since the concept of empiric therapy became standard care. However, infectious complications remain the most common adverse events of chemotherapy. bacterial epidemiology has changed during the past decades. There is currently an increasing trend in infections due to Gramnegative bacteria which have higher(More)
The inevitable switch from standard molecular methods to next-generation sequencing for the molecular profiling of tumors is challenging for most diagnostic laboratories. However, fixed validation criteria for diagnostic accreditation are not in place because of the great variability in methods and aims. Here, we describe the validation of a custom panel of(More)