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BACKGROUND A phase III study was started to compare oxaliplatin/5FU/LV in the first-line with bolus FU/LV in metastatic colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS 302 patients were randomised and received bolus 5-FU 425 mg/m(2) day 1-5, FA 20 mg/m(2) day 1-5, q 4 wk or oxaliplatin 85 mg/m(2), 2 h-infusion, FA 200 mg/m(2), 1-h infusion. 5-FU 2600 mg/m(2),(More)
The effect of combination chemotherapy (bleomycin, actinomycin D, vindesine and DTIC) on taste sensation in patients with malignant melanoma was evaluated. Five concentrations of 4 basic tastes (sweet, bitter, sour and salt) were tested. Lowest concentrations of all tastes were subjectively rated more intense after chemotherapy than before. This change was(More)
AIM Diabetes (DM) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) detection are conventionally based on glycemic criteria. Skin autofluorescence (SAF) is a noninvasive proxy of tissue accumulation of advanced glycation endproducts (AGE) which are considered to be a carrier of glycometabolic memory. We compared SAF and a SAF-based decision tree (SAF-DM) with fasting(More)
Advanced adenocarcinoma of the pancreas has a very poor prognosis. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of a combination of the chemotherapeutic agents gemcitabine and raltitrexed. Chemonaive patients with advanced adenocarcinoma of the pancreas were treated with a combination of raltitrexed (3.5 mg m(-2) on day 1 of a 21-day(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to determine in patients with previously untreated advanced colorectal cancer the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and safety profile of irinotecan in combination with capecitabine, to identify a recommended dose and to determine the response rate and time to disease progression. In addition, we aimed to explore the(More)
A method was developed for the quantitation of six eumelanin-related indolic compounds in urine. The procedure employs methane ionization of the hexafluoroisopropyl and/or pentafluoropropionyl derivatives of 5,6-dihydroxyindole, 5-hydroxy-6-methoxyindole, 6-hydroxy-5-methoxyindole, 5-hydroxy-6-methoxyindolyl-2-carboxylic acid,(More)
In a prospective study the effect of continuous enteral tube feeding was evaluated on various nutritional parameters in patients with disseminated malignant melanoma during 13 chemotherapy courses employing bleomycin, DTIC, vindesine and actinomycin D. The patients received a quantity of calories according to their pretreatment intake, but complete(More)
Twenty-seven patients with disseminated malignant melanoma were treated with combination chemotherapy consisting of bleomycin, actinomycin D, DTIC and vindesine. There were 4 complete responses in patients with pulmonary metastasis, 5 patients had a partial remission, 2 of them had mainly lung lesions. Toxicity consisted mainly of leuco- and(More)
The effect of combination chemotherapy on human small intestinal morphology and disaccharidase activities and their relation with clinical and chemical (fecal wet weight and K-excretion) parameters for gastrointestinal toxicity were evaluated in patients with disseminated malignant melanoma receiving enteral normoalimentation (NA). Also evaluated were the(More)
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