Jorge Aparicio

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PURPOSE This randomized study assessed whether the best overall response rate (ORR) of cetuximab combined with oxaliplatin, leucovorin, and fluorouracil (FOLFOX-4) was superior to that of FOLFOX-4 alone as first-line treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer. The influence of KRAS mutation status was investigated. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients received(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)
A novel water quality intervention that consists of point-of-use water disinfection, safe storage and community education was field tested in Bolivia. A total of 127 households in two periurban communities were randomized into intervention and control groups, surveyed and the intervention was distributed. Monthly water quality testing and weekly diarrhoea(More)
Chemical pleurodesis is an effective treatment of malignant pleural effusions, but indications must be individualised to optimise its results. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship of various prognostic features with both the response rate to pleurodesis and the probability of patient survival. A non-concurrent cohort study was(More)
PURPOSE To assess the efficacy of a risk-adapted treatment policy for patients with stage I seminoma by using universally accepted risk criteria. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between 1999 and 2003, 314 patients with clinical stage I seminoma after orchiectomy were prospectively included. One hundred patients (31.8%) presented no risk factors and were managed with(More)
BACKGROUND The Spanish Germ Cell Group is composed of 60 centres. Our challenge was to define a surveillance protocol that would be safe and suitable regardless of population size or geographic coverage. METHODS From January 1994 to January 2004, 589 patients with stage I non-seminomatous germ cell tumours entered a risk-adapted surveillance protocol(More)
BACKGROUND Refractory or relapsing Hodgkin's disease is associated with a poor prognosis. There is no widely accepted salvage chemotherapy regimen for these patients. However, the addition of high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous hematopoietic transplantation (AHT) has proven of benefit to them. A prospective clinical trial was carried out to(More)
BACKGROUND After decades of irradiation as standard therapy for clinical stage I testicular seminoma, alternative treatment approaches have emerged including postorchiectomy surveillance and adjuvant chemotherapy. This study was performed to assess a dual policy of surveillance and selective single-agent carboplatin (for high-risk cases) in a multicenter(More)
PURPOSE To assess tolerance and efficacy of preoperative treatment with uracil/tegafur and radiotherapy (RT) followed by surgery and postoperative flurouracil (FU)/leucovorin (LV) in patients with rectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients (n = 94) with potentially resectable tumors, ultrasound at stages T2N+ (n = 4), T3 (n = 77), T4 (n = 13) were(More)