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BACKGROUND CA 125, known as a marker for ovarian cancer with hypothetical but hitherto uncharacterized biologic functions, was reported to be elevated in some not-well-defined benign conditions. There are no reports on fluctuations of CA 125 related to cardiac function, especially the failing heart and neurohumoral factors such as norepinephrine or atrial(More)
The results of palliative chemotherapy in 55 patients suffering from exocrine pancreatic cancer are reported, following our concept of efficacy orientated sequential polychemotherapy (EOSPC). Tumor answer/regression was mainly analyzed on the basis of the serum courses of the tumor markers CA 19-9 and CEA. Up to four different treatment trials were tried in(More)
Based on previously published experimental studies in nude mice indicating that rTNF-alpha as well as mitomycin C are able to induce significant growth inhibition of xenotransplants of gastrointestinal and pancreatic carcinomas we have investigated the antitumor effects of rTNF-alpha (0.8 mg/kg daily for 21 days) and mitomycin C (2.4 mg/kg once weekly, day(More)
OBJECTIVE Selenium (Se) in the form of selenocysteine is an essential component of the family of the detoxifying enzymes glutathione peroxidase (Gpx) and of the iodothyronine selenodeiodinases that catalyze the extrathyroidal production of tri-iodothyronine (T(3)). Thus, Se deficiency may seriously influence the generation of free radicals, the conversion(More)
In a prospective clinical study we examined the diagnostic procedures used in the preoperative diagnosis of colorectal cancer patients (n = 176) and the value of supplementation of standard diagnostic methods (clinical investigation, colonoscopy, barium enema, ultrasound, computer tomography) with a test for occult fecal blood (FOBT) and an expanded tumor(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare the unrestricted use of everolimus-eluting stents (EES) with sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. BACKGROUND It is unclear whether there are differences in safety and efficacy between EES and SES during long-term follow-up. METHODS Using propensity score(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated plasma levels of tumor markers may be caused by diseases other than malignancy, i.e. kidney, liver or circulatory disturbances. These conditions are not well defined, especially since there are only sparse reports on fluctuations of tumor markers related to cardiac function. PATIENTS AND METHODS During our routine pre- and(More)
HYPOTHESIS Androgen excess carries varied clinical manifestations in women. Although testosterone and dehydroepiandrostendionesulfate (DHEAS) determination is considered useful in diagnostic workup, there is no laboratory definition that sufficiently describes androgen excess. DESIGN We studied 464 hirsute women with a Ferriman and Gallwey score of at(More)
We report on 4 cancer patients with transient unspecific elevations of the serum tumor markers CA 19-9, CEA, CA 125 and CA 72-4, respectively. In one patient cholangitis due to biliary obstruction induced a significant transient increase of CA 19-9, in another patient HUS, probably as a severe complication after Mitomycin-C + Gemcitabine therapy resulted in(More)