Luisa Foltran

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As a result of the growing cancer incidence and the increasing trend towards chemotherapy treatment, a higher number of cancer outpatients ask for unplanned visits. This study aimed to describe the nature and magnitude of this phenomenon and to identify risk factors for repeated unplanned presentations and hospital admission. Unplanned consultations (2,811)(More)
e15597 Background: Few regimens showed efficacy in advanced pancreatic cancer patients (pts) who had failed a first-line gemcitabine-based therapy. However, there is growing evidence suggesting that second-line treatment may provide further disease control in selected pts. Both pemetrexed and oxaliplatin demonstrated activity in this setting, and their(More)
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY Trastuzumab combined with sequential chemotherapy with taxanes and anthracyclines as primary systemic therapy achieved high rates of pathologic complete response (pCR). Non-pegylated liposome-encapsulated doxorubicin (NPLD) has shown equal efficacy but minor cardiotoxicity compared to doxorubicin. This phase II study aimed to evaluate(More)
This study was conducted to evaluate the impact of chemotherapy on the risk of unplanned visit in a cohort of colorectal cancer outpatients. Chief complaints for unplanned visits and risk factors for hospital admission were also analyzed. Clinical data of 229 consecutive colorectal cancer patients who were unexpectedly presented to our acute oncology clinic(More)
Conflicting results have been reported on the role of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in pancreatic cancer. Preclinical studies suggest that the overexpression of biglycan (proteoglycan-I, PG-I), a leucine-rich protein of the ECM, may induce growth arrest of pancreatic cancer cells. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic role of biglycan(More)
Background:Dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) catabolises ∼85% of the administered dose of fluoropyrimidines. Functional DPYD gene variants cause reduced/abrogated DPD activity. DPYD variants analysis may help for defining individual patients’ risk of fluoropyrimidine-related severe toxicity.Methods:The TOSCA Italian randomised trial enrolled colon(More)
e15050 Background: Thymidine phosphorylase (TP) is an inducible enzyme responsible for nucleoside metabolism, antiapoptosis activity, and promotion of angiogenesis. In addition, conversion of the prodrug capecitabine (C) to its active form depends on TP activity. Preliminary evidence suggests that TP immunohistochemical expression may predict benefit from(More)
AIM Aim of the present study was to quantify the intensity of vulvovaginal symptoms before and after treatment with high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HA), to test the tolerability and safety of the product, to evaluate the effect on the quality of life and the compliance to the treatment. METHODS This was a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled(More)
We investigated 17 polymorphisms in 11 genes (TS, MTHFR, ERCC1, XRCC1, XRCC3, XPD, GSTT1, GSTP1, GSTM1, ABCC1, ABCC2) for their association with the toxicity of fluoropyrimidines and oxaliplatin in colorectal cancer patients enrolled in a prospective randomized trial of adjuvant chemotherapy. The TOSCA Italian adjuvant trial was conducted in high-risk stage(More)
AIM To explore the prognostic value of extended mutational profiling for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). MATERIALS & METHODS We retrospectively reviewed survival results of 194 mCRC patients that were assigned to four molecular subgroups: BRAF mutated; KRAS mutated codons 12-13 only; any of KRAS codons 61-146, PIK3CA or NRAS mutations and all(More)