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BACKGROUND Patients undergoing liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma within the Milan criteria (single tumour </=5 cm in size or </=3 tumours each </=3 cm in size, and no macrovascular invasion) have an excellent outcome. However, survival for patients with cancers that exceed these criteria remains unpredictable and access to transplantation(More)
OBJECTIVE Determine the histologic response-rate (complete versus partial tumor extinction) after single radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) arising in cirrhosis. Investigate possible predictors of response and assess efficacy and safety of RFA as a bridge to liver transplantation (OLT). BACKGROUND RFA has become the(More)
Tumor recurrence after resection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) can occur early (<2 years) or late (>2 years) as metastases or de novo tumors. Interferon (IFN) has the potential for chemoprevention against hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis. A predetermined group of 150 HCV RNA-positive patients undergoing resection of early- to intermediate-stage(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND There is a need to assess the accuracy of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) in the diagnosis and staging of gastric cancer, especially in the early and very advanced stages of the disease when the therapeutic approach is still controversial. METHODS A retrospective study was performed on 79 patients with gastric cancer in order to(More)
PURPOSE Heat shock proteins (HSP) from tumor cells contain the gp96 polypeptide associated with cancer-specific antigenic peptides. Mice that are immunized with HSP/peptide-complex (HSPPC) derived from cancer tissue reject tumor from which HSPs are purified. We tested in humans whether vaccination with HSPPC-gp96 (Oncophage) from autologous liver metastases(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate preoperative staging of primary rectal cancer is mandatory because the result may affect therapeutic decisions. Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) is considered the most accurate method for locoregional staging, but the issue of possible variations in the assessment of its accuracy related to technical aspects of pathologic staging has(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatic epitheloid hemangioendothelioma (HEHE) is a rare low-grade vascular tumor. Its treatment algorithm is still unclear mainly due to a lack of larger clinical experiences with detailed long-term follow-up. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fifty-nine patients, reported to the European Liver Transplant Registry, were analyzed to define the role of liver(More)
OBJECTIVE Sulfonylureas block the activation of vascular potassium-dependent ATP channels and impair the vasodilating response to ischcmia in nondiabetic individuals, but it is not know whether this occurs in type 2 diabetic patients under chronic treatment with these drugs. Glimepiride, a new sulfonylurea, apparently has no cardiovascular interactions. The(More)