Lucia Farina

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BACKGROUND The graft-versus-leukemia effect is able to induce clinical responses in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia treated with a reduced intensity conditioning regimen, followed by allogeneic stem cell transplantation. We investigated whether molecular remissions could be attained after reduced intensity conditioning and allogeneic stem cell(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate safety and activity of perifosine and sorafenib combination therapy in patients with lymphoproliferative diseases. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients with relapsed and refractory lymphoproliferative diseases received perifosine (50 mg twice daily) for 1 month. Patients achieving less than partial response (PR) after perifosine alone were(More)
PURPOSE Older age and a previously failed autologous stem-cell transplantation (SCT) are poor prognostic factors for patients receiving myeloablative conditioning and allogeneic SCT. Reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimens achieved a significant reduction of treatment-related mortality, but the influence of previously described risk factors on the(More)
The safety and efficacy of reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) followed by allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for relapsed lymphomas remains unresolved. We conducted a prospective, multicentered, phase II trial. A total of 170 relapsed/refractory lymphomas received a RIC regimen followed by SCT from sibling donors. The primary study end point was(More)
Hodgkin lymphoma relapsing after autologous transplantation (autoSCT) has a dismal outcome. Allogeneic transplantation (alloSCT) using reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) is a salvage option, but its effectiveness is still unclear. To evaluate the role of RIC alloSCT, we designed a retrospective study based on the commitment of attending physicians to(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore new treatments specifically targeting malignant plasma cells (PCs), we examined CD52 antigen expression on primary PCs as well as multiple myeloma (MM) cell lines, and investigated in vivo the antimyeloma activity of alemtuzumab. MATERIALS AND METHODS PCs were enriched from the marrow of MM patients (n = 39) according to CD138(More)
The hematopoietic cell transplantation specific comorbidity index (HCT-CI) has been developed to identify patients at high risk of mortality after an allograft. Reduced-intensity/non-myeloablative regimens have decreased the non-relapse mortality (NRM) in elderly and/or heavily pretreated patients. We performed a retrospective study to assess whether HCT-CI(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the prognostic relevance of molecular monitoring of minimal residual disease in indolent lymphomas receiving high-dose sequential chemotherapy and autografting. PATIENTS, MATERIALS, AND METHODS A polymerase chain reaction- (PCR-)based strategy was used to evaluate the presence of residual tumor cells in a panel of 70 indolent lymphoma(More)
The tumor microenvironment is essential for tumor cell proliferation, angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis by providing survival signals and a sanctuary site for tumor cells, by secretion of growth factors, pro-angiogenesis factors and direct adhesion molecule interactions. Our knowledge of microenvironment is only now beginning to unfold. In this review,(More)
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) can be a severe complication of patients with multiple myeloma (MM) treated with bisphosphonates. Dental procedures are a major risk factor for ONJ occurrence. We retrospectively analysed the data of 178 patients with MM to evaluate if antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures may prevent ONJ. A correlation between(More)