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Mycobacterial preparations have been used with limited success against cancer apart from superficial bladder cancer. Recently, a therapeutic vaccine derived from Mycobacterium vaccae has been given to patients with prostate cancer and melanoma indicating a possible beneficial effect on disease activity in such patients. We have recently initiated a series(More)
The role of chemotherapy in the palliation of patients with advanced stage (IIIB and IV non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains controversial. We have carried out a chemotherapy study emphasising symptom relief, a topic not normally discussed in previous similar studies. A total of 120 patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the first rat monoclonal antibody (MAb ICR62) to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in a phase I clinical trial in patients with unresectable squamous cell carcinomas. This antibody effectively blocks the binding of EGF, transforming growth factor (TGF)-alpha and HB-EGF to the EGFR, inhibits(More)
To examine whether weight loss at presentation influences outcome in patients who received chemotherapy for lung cancer or mesothelioma. Multivariate analysis of prospectively collected data 1994-2001. Data were available for age, gender, performance status, histology, stage, response, toxicity, progression-free and overall survival. The outcomes of(More)
BACKGROUND Prior phase II trials have demonstrated the therapeutic activity of cytotoxic chemotherapy in mesothelioma. Currently there are few randomised data assessing the role of chemotherapy versus best supportive care (BSC) in the management of patients with stable symptoms after control of any pleural effusion. A policy of observation is often adopted(More)
BACKGROUND With the rising incidence of malignant mesothelioma (MM), it is important to optimise treatment to control symptoms, maintain quality of life and, if possible, prolong life. We have analysed prospectively collected data to evaluate a frequently used palliative chemotherapy regimen. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between October 1986 and May 2002 all(More)
MVP chemotherapy (mitomycin C 8 mg m(-2), courses 1, 2, 4 and 6, vinblastine 6 mg m(-2), cisplatin 50 mg m(-2)) is an active low-toxicity regimen in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Based on the single-agent activity of these agents in SCLC, we have conducted a phase II trial of MVP in SCLC. Fifty chemo-naive patients with SCLC were entered in this(More)
Malignant mesothelioma (MM) carries a poor prognosis and response rates to palliative chemotherapy remain low. Identifying patients with MM that are unlikely to respond to chemotherapy could prevent futile treatments and improve patient quality of life. Studies have suggested that soluble mesothelin is a potential biomarker for early diagnosis and prognosis(More)
A pilot study of continuous infusional 5-fluorouracil 200 mg m-2 per 24 h by ambulatory pump and Hickman line for the entire treatment cycle with mitomycin C 8 mg m-2 i.v. on day 1 and cisplatin 75 mg m-2 i.v. on day 1, both repeated every 28 days, was carried out in 31 previously untreated patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Of 31(More)
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