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BACKGROUND Poor communication of drug therapy at care interface often results in medication errors and adverse drug events. Medication reconciliation has been introduced as a measure to improve continuity of patient care. The aim of this cross-sectional observational study was to evaluate the need for medication reconciliation. METHODS Comprehensive(More)
INTRODUCTION The excision repair cross-complementing 1 (ERCC1) protein is an extensively investigated molecular marker because it may decrease sensitivity to platinum-based chemotherapy. Low ERCC1 expression has already been correlated with better treatment efficacy in non-small-cell lung cancer patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. However,(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer drugs are high risk drugs and medication errors in their prescribing, preparation and administration have serious consequences, including death. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach and the benefits of pharmacists' contribution to cancer treatment to minimise risk have been established. However, the impact of services provided by(More)
In small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), resistance to cancer drugs presents a major problem, limiting the effectiveness of chemotherapy. A better understanding of the molecular biology is essential to improve currently available cytotoxic therapy. Herein, a systematic review of studies evaluating the predictive value of multidrug resistance-associated proteins(More)
BACKGROUND Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) represents approximately 13 to 18% of all lung cancers. It is the most aggressive among lung cancers, mostly presented at an advanced stage, with median survival rates of 10 to12 months in patients treated with standard chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In approximately 15-20% of patients brain metastases are present(More)
INTRODUCTION In lung cancer patients treated with chemotherapy, renal function is an important parameter to be monitored. Since measurement of renal function with either isotope or creatinine clearance is time consuming and expensive, we evaluated which of the following equations: Cockcroft-Gault (CG), Wright, modification of diet in renal disease equation(More)
In the last decade, major progress in the treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer has been made through the better understanding of the molecular biology of lung cancer, identification of new oncogene drivers and development of oncogene-directed drugs. Oncogene-directed therapies with EGFR or anaplastic lymphoma kinase tyrosine kinase inhibitors(More)
BACKGROUND Etoposide is a chemotherapeutic agent, widely used for the treatment of various malignancies, including small cell lung cancer (SCLC), an aggressive disease with poor prognosis. Oral etoposide administration exhibits advantages for the quality of life of the patient as well as economic benefits. However, widespread use of oral etoposide is(More)
Multiple drug resistance limits the efficacy of numerous cytotoxic drugs used in the treatment of small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The drug efflux protein ATP-binding cassette transporter B1 (ABCB1) has an important role in this process, and its gene variability may affect chemotherapy outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate the associations between ABCB1(More)
INTRODUCTION The sensitivity and specificity of immunohistochemistry (IHC) was compared with the standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based method for detecting common activating epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Additionally, we evaluated predictive value of IHC EGFR mutation-positive status for(More)
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