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BACKGROUND In ovarian cancer, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) overexpression is prognostic for poor survival. We investigated the efficacy of celecoxib (C), a selective COX-2 inhibitor, added to docetaxel (Taxotere)/carboplatin (DC) in advanced ovarian cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS In a phase II, randomized study, 400 mg celecoxib b.i.d. was added to first-line(More)
Background Hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is a common side-effect of capecitabine. S-1 is an oral fluoropyrimidine with comparable efficacy to capecitabine in gastrointestinal cancers but associated with a lower incidence of HFS in Asian patients. This study compares the incidence of HFS between S-1 and capecitabine as first-line treatment in Western metastatic(More)
PURPOSE To determine the maximum-tolerated dose, toxicity profile, and pharmacokinetics of a fixed dose of paclitaxel followed by increasing doses of carboplatin, given weekly to patients with advanced esophageal or gastric junction cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Paclitaxel was administered on day 1 as a 1-h infusion at a fixed dose of 100 mg/m(2) followed(More)
The objective of this study was to identify prognostic factors for survival in patients with advanced oesophageal cancer, who are treated with cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy. We analysed the baseline characteristics of 350 patients who were treated in six consecutive prospective trials with one of the following regimens: cisplatin/etoposide,(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the toxicity and the efficacy of the combination of cisplatin, etoposide, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and folinic acid in the treatment of patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. Patients received cisplatin 80 mg/m(2) i.v. on day 1, etoposide 125 mg/m(2) i.v. on day 1 and etoposide 200 mg/m(2)(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously reported a favourable response rate in patients with advanced esophageal cancer after treatment with a biweekly regimen of paclitaxel and cisplatin. In this study we investigate the feasibility and efficacy of this regimen in a neo-adjuvant setting. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with resectable squamous cell carcinoma of the(More)
BACKGROUND The current study was a multicenter, single-arm, phase 2 study performed to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of bevacizumab combined with docetaxel, oxaliplatin, and capecitabine (B-DOC) in patients with advanced human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, previously untreated, gastric or gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma. (More)
BACKGROUND This multicentre, randomised, open label, phase II/III study aimed to investigate the potential benefit of adding risedronate (R) to docetaxel (D) in patients with metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC). PATIENTS AND METHODS CRPC patients with bone metastasis were randomly assigned to receive D 75 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks and(More)
In a phase I study we demonstrated the feasibility of a bi-weekly combination of paclitaxel 180 mg x m(-2) with cisplatin 60 mg x m(-2). In this study we further assessed toxicity and efficacy of this schedule in the treatment of advanced cancer of the oesophagus or the gastro-oesophageal junction. Patients received paclitaxel 180 mg x m(-2) administered(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the toxicities and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of a dose-dense schedule with a fixed dose of cisplatin and escalating doses of paclitaxel in patients with metastatic or irresectable squamous cell-, adeno-, or undifferentiated carcinoma of the oesophagus. Patients received paclitaxel over 3 h followed by a 3-h(More)