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BACKGROUND An unmet medical need exists for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who have progressed on VEGF-targeted and mTOR-inhibitor therapies. Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) pathway activation has been proposed as a mechanism of escape from VEGF-targeted therapies. Dovitinib is an oral tyrosine-kinase inhibitor that inhibits VEGF and FGF(More)
BACKGROUND RECORD-3 assessed non-inferiority of progression-free survival (PFS) with everolimus vs sunitinib in previously untreated patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Baseline plasma sample collection and randomised design enabled correlation of circulating biomarkers with efficacy. METHODS Samples were analysed for 121 cancer-related(More)
Background RECORD-3 compared everolimus and sunitinib as first-line therapy, and the sequence of everolimus followed by sunitinib at progression compared with the opposite (standard) sequence in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). This final overall survival (OS) analysis evaluated mature data for secondary end points. Patients and(More)
BACKGROUND There are conflicting data on markers of disease progression and outcome of Merkel cell carcinoma. OBJECTIVE We suggest to review histological and various immunohistochemical features of Merkel cell carcinoma specimens, in order to identify prognostic markers of clinical relevance. METHODS We collected paraffin-embedded blocks from primary(More)
In patients with polycythemia vera (PV), an elevated JAK2 p.V617F allele burden is associated with indicators of more severe disease (e.g., leukocytosis, splenomegaly, and increased thrombosis risk); however, correlations between allele burden reductions and clinical benefit in patients with PV have not been extensively evaluated in a randomized trial. This(More)
BACKGROUND Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients are commonly treated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors or mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors. Correlations between somatic mutations and first-line targeted therapy outcomes have not been reported on a randomized trial. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the relationship between(More)
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