Kang Howson-Jan

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BACKGROUND Gemcitabine has been shown to have activity as a single agent in lymphoma and, when combined with cisplatin, is effective therapy for a number of solid tumors. The authors wished to determine the response rate and toxicity of gemcitabine, dexamethasone, and cisplatin for recurrent or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). METHODS Patients with(More)
Cytokine-mobilized peripheral blood is increasingly used instead of bone marrow as the source of cells for allogeneic transplantation. Although cells lead to faster hematologic recovery, their effects on graft-versus-host disease, relapse, and survival are less certain. Between January 1996 and February 2000, 228 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia,(More)
PURPOSE For patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive lymphoma, we hypothesized that gemcitabine-based therapy before autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) is as effective as and less toxic than standard treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS We randomly assigned 619 patients with relapsed/refractory aggressive lymphoma to treatment with gemcitabine,(More)
Reduced CD34(+) cell viability due to cryopreservation has unknown effects on subsequent hematopoietic engraftment in autologous transplantation. Thirty-six consecutive autologous peripheral stem cell collections were analyzed for absolute viable CD34(+) cell numbers at the time of stem cell collection and prior to re-infusion. Viable CD34(+) cells were(More)
In adult hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), filgrastim-mobilized peripheral blood (G-PB) has largely replaced unstimulated marrow for allografting. Although the use of G-PB results in faster hematopoietic recovery, it is also associated with more chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). A potential alternative allograft is filgrastim-stimulated(More)
Chemokines are capable of regulating a variety of fundamental processes of hematopoietic cells that include proliferation, differentiation, and migration. To evaluate potential chemokine signaling pathways important to the regulation of primitive human hematopoietic cells, we examined chemokine receptor expression of highly purified subpopulations of(More)
The treatment of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) includes corticosteroids, danazol, splenectomy and various immunosuppressives. Treatment can be difficult for those patients refractory to these modalities and/or those patients intolerant of the secondary effects. In this paper we report on the use of ascorbate in the treatment of ITP and its(More)
BACKGROUND We used an interview-assisted survey of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (cml) at a single tertiary care centre to explore patient reactions to and preferences for, and the risk-acceptability of, stopping tyrosine kinase inhibitor (tki) treatment. METHODS The study included patients with confirmed cml currently being treated with a tki.(More)
We report a multicenter, randomized phase II trial conducted to assess the tolerability of combined thalidomide and prednisone maintenance in multiple myeloma. Eligibility required administration of melphalan (200 mg/m2) with blood stem cell support within 1 year of treatment onset and initiation of maintenance within 60 to 100 days after stem cell(More)
BACKGROUND Reptimed is a novel, species-conserved, bone marrow-derived molecule which possesses anti-neoplastic activity. Previously, we established an orthotopic murine bladder tumor (MBT-2) model and reported accurate documentation of the presence and the extent of intravesical involvement of bladder tumor implants using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)(More)