Marc A Friedman

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BACKGROUND The National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored clinical trials cooperative groups place more than 25 000 American patients in treatment trials every year. Equal access and proportional representation of all races/ethnicities is desired. PURPOSE Our objectives were to evaluate the inclusion of African-Americans, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites(More)
PURPOSE Recent reports of the dramatic antitumor effect of all-trans retinoic acid (RA) in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) have generated renewed enthusiasm for clinical studies of retinoids for oncologic therapeutic indications. Here we provide an overview of relevant aspects of retinoid physiology and molecular biology, review preclinical(More)
The palliative role of nonhormonal cytotoxic chemotherapy in the treatment of endocrine-resistant prostatic carcinoma has not been established. Conventional means of quantifying tumor response are most frequently not applicable in this disease because of the lack of measurable objective parameters to allow for a reliable estimation of antitumor effects.(More)
Between 1978 and 1984, the Northern California Oncology Group (NCOG) conducted a randomized trial to study the efficacy of combined radiotherapy (RT) and chemotherapy (CT) for stage III or IV inoperable head and neck cancer. One hundred four patients were randomized to receive: (1) RT alone, or (2) RT plus CT. RT consisted of 7,000 cGy to the involved areas(More)
We reviewed 53 publications reporting 751 patients with hematologic malignancies treated with low doses (5 to 20 mg/m2/d) of cytosine arabinoside (LoDAC). Of 507 patients evaluable for response, complete remission (CR) rates varied from 32% for patients with primary acute non-lymphoblastic leukemia (1 degree ANLL) to 16% for patients with hematologic(More)
PURPOSE To provide paclitaxel, an investigational drug at the inception of this study, to women with chemotherapy-refractory metastatic breast cancer and to evaluate response and toxicity in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two hundred sixty-seven patients with progressive disease (PD) following at least two chemotherapy regimens for metastatic breast(More)
In 1983, the Northern California Oncology Group (NCOG) instituted a randomized trial of intravenous (IV) versus intraarterial (IA) floxuridine (FUDR) administered via an implantable pump for patients with colorectal cancer metastatic to the liver. The study objectives were to compare the hepatic response rate, time to hepatic progression, and toxicity for(More)
PURPOSE To provide an investigational drug, paclitaxel, now commercially available, to women with refractory ovarian cancer and to evaluate response and toxicity in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with platinum-refractory ovarian cancer, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0 to 3, at least three prior chemotherapy(More)
In 1990, the five leading causes of cancer death in men aged 65 and older were carcinomas of the lung, prostate, colon and rectum, and pancreas, and leukemia. For women in this age group, the five leading causes of cancer death were carcinomas of the lung, breast, colon and rectum, pancreas, and ovary. To determine the representation of the elderly in(More)
Lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by the oral administration of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta9-THC), delta8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta8-THC), and cannabinol (CBN), but not cannabidiol (CBD). Animals treated for 10 consecutive days with delta9-THC, beginning the day after tumor implantation, demonstrated a dose-dependent action of retarded(More)