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Purpose To provide current recommendations on the use of sentinel node biopsy (SNB) for patients with early-stage breast cancer. Methods PubMed and the Cochrane Library were searched for randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and clinical practice guidelines from 2012 through July 2016. An Update Panel reviewed the identified(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ixabepilone in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) resistant to anthracycline, taxane, and capecitabine, in this multicenter, phase II study. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with measurable disease who had tumor progression while receiving prior anthracycline, taxane, and capecitabine were enrolled.(More)
BACKGROUND The frequency of aromatase inhibitor (AI)-associated arthralgia and/or bone pain in clinical practice is not known. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifty-six consecutive patients with breast cancer not on clinical trials who were receiving AIs in a clinical practice were interviewed regarding occurrence of worsening or new arthralgia and/or bone pain(More)
PURPOSE Patients with bone metastases have high rates of RANKL driven bone resorption and an increased risk of skeletal morbidity. Osteoclast mediated bone resorption can be assessed by measuring urine N-telopeptide and can be inhibited by denosumab, a fully human antibody against RANKL. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eligible patients (111) had bone metastases(More)
BACKGROUND Postmenopausal women with breast cancer receiving adjuvant aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are at risk for accelerated bone loss and subsequent fractures. The ongoing Zometa-Femara Adjuvant Synergy Trial (Z-FAST) is evaluating the efficacy and safety of zoledronic acid in preventing such bone loss. PATIENTS AND METHODS In this multicenter study,(More)
PURPOSE To update the recommendations on the role of bone-modifying agents in the prevention and treatment of skeletal-related events (SREs) for patients with metastatic breast cancer with bone metastases. METHODS A literature search using MEDLINE and the Cochrane Collaboration Library identified relevant studies published between January 2003 and(More)
Accurate assessment of HER2 status is critical in determining appropriate therapy for breast cancer patients but the best HER2 testing methodology has yet to be defined. In this study, we compared quantitative HER2 expression by the HERmark™ Breast Cancer Assay (HERmark) with routine HER2 testing by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and fluorescence in situ(More)
BACKGROUND The objectives of the current study were to evaluate the safety and efficacy of gemcitabine plus docetaxel in patients with unresectable (Stage T4 or >/= N1) metastatic or locally advanced transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urothelial tract. METHODS A total of 27 patients were enrolled in the current multisite study, which was performed(More)
Patients who undergo allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) are clinically immunodeficient for a prolonged period after engraftment. In the present study, we examined immune function after BMT in a series of patients who had received HLA compatible sibling marrow grafts purged of T cells with anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody and complement. None of the(More)