Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

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Intracranial germ cell tumors are rare tumor entities in childhood and adolescents. Extra- and intracranial germ cell tumors are identical in their histologic pattern and occur in preferential midline localizations such as the pineal and the suprasellar region. Germ cell neoplasms show increasing incidence rates over the last 30 years. The majority of(More)
PURPOSE To report on the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma presenting with spinal cord compression (SCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Of 1,462 children with neuroblastoma registered between 1979 and 1998, 76 (5.2%) presented with signs/symptoms of SCC, including motor deficit in 75 patients (mild in 43, moderate in 22, severe [ie,(More)
BACKGROUND The Childhood Cancer Registry of Piedmont (CCRP) started its activity in 1967. It is population based and covers the Piedmont Region (population 4,500,000; NW Italy). This article reports on time trends in survival after a childhood cancer diagnosed during 1970-1994. PROCEDURE During 1970-1994, 2,329 incident cases were registered at CCRP on(More)
BACKGROUND Desmoplastic small round cell tumour (DSRCT) is a rare highly aggressive neoplasm, and clinical studies are scarce. PROCEDURE We report six cases of children and adolescents (median age 14 years, range 6.9-17.5) with DSRCT (5 abdominal, 1 paratesticular) registered by the Italian Cooperative Group (ICG) for soft tissue sarcoma over a 9-year(More)
PURPOSE Primary hypothyroidism is a common sequela of craniospinal radiotherapy in the treatment of childhood medulloblastoma. Due to the strong radiobiologic rationale, hyperfractionation can reduce the delayed effects of radiation injury. METHODS AND MATERIALS The authors compared the incidence of thyroid dysfunction after conventionally fractionated(More)
Neuroblastoma (NB) and Ewing's sarcoma (ES) represent the most common extracranial solid tumors of childhood. Heat shock proteins (HSP) are elevated in cancer cells and their over-expression was correlated to drug-resistance. In this work we identified the HSP by a sensitive proteomic analysis of NB and ES cell lines, then, we studied the HSP response to(More)
During development, mice with mutations of stem cell factor (SCF) or its receptor c-kit exhibit defects in melanogenesis, as well as hematopoiesis and gonadogenesis. Consequently, accumulating evidence suggests that the c-kit/SCF system plays a crucial role in all of these processes and in tumors which derive from them. Especially in neuroblastoma (infant(More)
OBJECTIVE Identification of a rapid and noninvasive test for the follow-up of aplastic anemia (AA) patients during immunosuppressive therapy (IST) to evaluate its functional effect on hematopoietic progenitors (HPC) and for early detection of progression to myelodysplasia or relapse. MATERIALS AND METHODS Absolute count and apoptotic rate (AR) of(More)
Acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy (AHEI) is an unusual form of leukocytoclastic vasculitis with dramatic distinguishing skin lesions that occurs in infants ages 4 to 24 months old. The disease presents with skin eruptions that usually start with large (1-5 cm), symmetrically distributed, hemorrhagic lesions in a characteristic cockade pattern. The lesions(More)
Noonan syndrome (NS) is an autosomal dominant disorder, characterized by short stature, multiple dysmorphisms and congenital heart defects. A myeloproliferative disorder (NS/MPD), resembling juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), is occasionally diagnosed in infants with NS. In the present study, we performed a functional evaluation of the circulating(More)