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As valid therapeutic alternatives to adriamycin, with a more favourable safety profile, epirubicin (E) and novantrone (N) were compared in combination with fluorouracil (F) and cyclophosphamide (C) in a prospective randomized clinical trial as first-line treatment for metastatic breast cancer (mbc). 158 women with mbc were randomly allocated to receive FEC(More)
Although several antineoplastic agents have been proven to be safe for the fetus after the organogenesis period, there is limited information on their use during the first trimester of pregnancy. Herein we report the first case of a patient with metastatic lung cancer treated with erlotinib during the first 2 months of an unrecognized pregnancy. A(More)
The purpose of this study was to ascertain the possible protective effect of thymostimulin (TS) on chemotherapy-induced leukopenia and related febrile episodes, beside the potential of improving therapeutic efficacy and tolerability of high-dose folinic acid (FA) plus fluorouracil (FU) in metastatic colorectal cancer. In 211 evaluable patients the objective(More)
From February 1987 to January 1989, 60 patients with advanced breast cancer and no prior chemotherapy for advanced disease were randomized and studied, with 31 treated with fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide (FEC) and 29 patients with fluorouracil, mitoxantrone, and cyclophosphamide (FNC). Doses were 500 mg/m2 fluorouracil, 500 mg/m2(More)
BACKGROUND The combination of alternate i.v./oral (hybrid) administration of vinorelbine (VNR) plus cisplatin (CDDP), followed by oral VNR, could result in a more suitable first-line regimen for patients (pts) with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (aNSCLC) in the outpatient setting. METHODS The induction treatment consisted of CDDP 80 mg/m(2) i.v. and(More)
Sequential doxorubicin/paclitaxel (AT) followed by CMF treatment was shown to be an active neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimen in the first European Cooperative Trial in Operable Breast Cancer (ECTO I trial). The aim of the current study (ECTO II) is to assess the complete pathological response (pCR) rate following three different anthracycline and(More)
BACKGROUND The combined efficacy analysis of the TEXT and SOFT trials showed a significant disease-free survival benefit with exemestane plus ovarian function suppression (OFS) compared with tamoxifen plus OFS. We present patient-reported outcomes from these trials. METHODS Between Nov 7, 2003, and April 7, 2011, 4717 premenopausal women with(More)
Two recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factors (rHu G-CSF) are clinically available, a glycosylated (lenograstim) and a nonglycosylated from (filgrastim). Since there is accumulating evidence that glycosylation plays a role in the in vitro activity of the G-CSF molecule, we compared the biological potency of lenograstim and filgrastim on human(More)
Both the topical and the percutaneous antiinflammatory potencies of a topical formulation of piroxicam were investigated using as reference standards nonsteroid and steroid antiinflammatory drugs having the same excipient base (indometacin and hydrocortisone acetate) or as topical formulations available in commerce (ketoprofen and oxyphenbutazone). In(More)
BACKGROUND The standardization of the HER2 score and recent changes in therapeutic modalities points to the need for a reevaluation of the role of HER2 in recently diagnosed breast carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS A multicenter, retrospective study of 1794 primary breast carcinomas diagnosed in Italy in 2000/2001 and scored in HER2 four categories(More)