Lorenzo Cecconetto

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OBJECTIVE Although adjuvant trastuzumab improves survival in patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer, there is growing concern about the long-term effect of trastuzumab-induced cardiotoxicity (TIC). We retrospectively assessed the incidence of TIC and heart failure (HF) to identify possible risk and protective factors. DESIGN Retrospective study.(More)
We previously showed that NCX 4040 inhibits in vitro and in vivo tumor growth and induces apoptosis in human colon cancer cell lines. On the basis of these results, NCX 4040 antitumor activity in combination with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or oxaliplatin was evaluated in vitro and in vivo in human colon cancer models. The cytotoxicity of different NCX 4040 and(More)
Docetaxel and gemcitabine combinations have proven active for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The aim of the present study was to evaluate and compare two treatment schedules, one based on our own preclinical data and the other selected from the literature. Patients with stage IV NSCLC and at least one bidimensionally-measurable lesion(More)
The androgen receptor (AR) is a ligand-dependent transcription factor, and its effects on breast range from physiological pubertal development and age-related modifications to cancer onset and proliferation. The prevalence of AR in early breast cancer is around 60%, and AR is more frequently expressed in ER-positive than in ER-negative tumors. We offer an(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The main aim of the present work was to determine response rates and time to progression in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer treated with intra-arterial chemotherapy. METHODOLOGY Nineteen chemotherapy-naive patients with measurable lesions were treated with intra-arterial 5-fluorouracil 1000 mg/m2, leucovorin(More)
OBJECTIVE Taxanes and fluoropyrimidines are active in metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and their combination has proven effective in anthracycline-refractory patients. We conducted a phase I study to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of uracil plus tegafur (UFT) given in combination with leucovorin (LV) and paclitaxel (Pacl) in patients with(More)
Deregulation of the cell cycle is a hallmark of cancer, and research on cell cycle control has allowed identification of potential targets for anticancer treatment. Palbociclib is a selective inhibitor of the cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6), which are involved, with their coregulatory partners cyclin D, in the G1-S transition. Inhibition of this(More)
We assessed whether progesterone receptor (PgR) and Ki67 in primary tumors and/or matched metastases are predictors of clinical benefit from first-line endocrine therapy (ET) in advanced breast cancer. We evaluated patients treated at our institute with first-line ET (2002–2011), excluding those receiving concomitant chemotherapy or trastuzumab or(More)
Although circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have been studied in early breast cancer (EBC), their value in this setting is still not fully understood. We isolated and studied CTCs in the peripheral blood (PB) of 48 EBC patients pre-surgery and one and 6 months post-surgery using an approach involving EpCAM-independent enrichment and a dielectrophoresis-based(More)