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PURPOSE Panitumumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody directed against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). We compared the activity of panitumumab plus best supportive care (BSC) to that of BSC alone in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who had progressed after standard chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS We randomly assigned 463(More)
PURPOSE The addition of cetuximab to irinotecan, fluorouracil, and leucovorin (FOLFIRI) as first-line treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) was shown to reduce the risk of disease progression and increase the chance of response in patients with KRAS wild-type disease. An updated survival analysis, including additional patients analyzed for tumor(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether adding cetuximab to irinotecan prolongs survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) previously treated with fluoropyrimidine and oxaliplatin. PATIENTS AND METHODS This multicenter, open-label, phase III study randomly assigned 1,298 patients with epidermal growth factor receptor-expressing mCRC who had(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this phase III trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of capecitabine plus oxaliplatin (XELOX) versus Spanish-based continuous-infusion high-dose fluorouracil (FU) plus oxaliplatin (FUOX) regimens as first-line therapy for metastatic colorectal cancer (MCRC). PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 348 patients were randomly assigned to(More)
PURPOSE The optimal therapeutic sequence of the adjuvant chemotherapy component of preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer is controversial. Induction chemotherapy before preoperative CRT may be associated with better efficacy and compliance. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 108 patients with locally advanced(More)
PURPOSE To assess the activity and toxicity of the combination of gemcitabine plus dacarbazine (DTIC) in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) in a randomized, multicenter, phase II study using DTIC alone as a control arm. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with previously treated advanced STS were randomly assigned to receive either fixed-dose rate(More)
BACKGROUND A phase 3 study demonstrated that panitumumab, a human monoclonal anti-epidermal growth factor receptor antibody, significantly prolonged progression-free survival versus best supportive care (BSC) in patients with chemorefractory metastatic colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS This open-label extension study evaluated panitumumab(More)
PURPOSE Although systematic postoperative surveillance of patients with colorectal cancer has been demonstrated to improve survival, it remains unknown whether a more intensive strategy provides any significant advantage. This prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial was aimed at comparing the efficacy of two different surveillance strategies(More)
BACKGROUND Studies indicate that adjuvant 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) with folinic acid (FA) in colorectal cancer patients with completely resectable liver-limited metastases (LMCRC) offers clinical benefit over surgery alone. This phase III trial compared FOLFIRI with simplified 5-FU/FA in this setting. PATIENTS AND METHODS LMCRC patients were randomized to(More)
PURPOSE Elderly patients constitute a subpopulation with special characteristics that differ from those of the nonelderly and have been underrepresented in clinical trials. This study was performed to determine the efficacy and safety of irinotecan (CPT-11) in combination with fluorouracil (FU) administered as a 48-hour continuous infusion twice a month in(More)