Maria Constantinou

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OBJECTIVES Paclitaxel poliglumex (PPX), a drug conjugate that links paclitaxel to poly-L-glutamic acid, is a potent radiation sensitizer. Prior studies in esophageal cancer have demonstrated that PPX (50 mg/m/wk) can be administered with concurrent radiation with acceptable toxicity. The primary objective of this study was to determine the safety of the(More)
Effective locoregional treatments are needed for adenocarcinomas of the esophagus, stomach, and pancreas. Paclitaxel has been investigated as a radiation sensitizer for upper gastrointestinal malignancies. In esophageal cancer, the combination of low-dose weekly paclitaxel, platinum, and concurrent radiation therapy (RT) has substantial activity and is well(More)
The etiology of venous thromboembolism in young patients is frequently associated with hereditary coagulation abnormalities, immunologic diseases, and neoplasia. The advent of radiological advances, namely Computed Tomography (CT) scans and venography has identified vena cava malformations as a new etiologic factor worthy of consideration. In this case(More)
OBJECTIVES Src family kinases (SFKs) are expressed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and may be involved in tumor growth and metastases. Inhibition of SFK may also enhance radiation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate if a maximum dose of 100 mg of dasatinib could be safely administered with concurrent chemoradiation and then continued as(More)
2036 Background: PPX is a drug conjugate that links paclitaxel to a polyglutamic acid polymer yielding a radiosensitization index of 4-8 as compared to 1.5-2 for paclitaxel. Phase I/II studies of PPX in esophageal cancer established that 50 mg/m2/week of PPX can be safely administered with concurrent chemo/RT. The primary objective of this study is to(More)
Over the last decade the molecular characterization of melanoma has progressed. Since a majority of melanoma cases arise from repeated intermittent ultra violet radiation (UVR) exposure, the role of UVR has been evaluated extensively. Recent work has identified two mechanisms in which the carcinogenesis of melanoma may result; Ultra violet radiation has(More)
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