Maria E. L. van der Burg

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BACKGROUND Primary debulking surgery before initiation of chemotherapy has been the standard of care for patients with advanced ovarian cancer. METHODS We randomly assigned patients with stage IIIC or IV epithelial ovarian carcinoma, fallopian-tube carcinoma, or primary peritoneal carcinoma to primary debulking surgery followed by platinum-based(More)
The purpose of the present study was to characterize the distribution and elimination kinetics of the paclitaxel vehicle Cremophor EL (CrEL), a polyoxyethylated castor oil that can modulate P-glycoprotein-mediated multidrug resistance in vitro. The pharmacokinetics of CrEL were studied using noncompartmental models in 23 patients with histological proof of(More)
PURPOSE Taxol (paclitaxel; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wallingford, CT) is a new anticancer agent with activity in a number of human tumors, including epithelial ovarian cancer. In nonrandomized trials, doses studied have ranged from 135 mg/m2 to 250 mg/m2 administered over 24 hours with premedication to avoid hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs). This study(More)
The study was designed to investigate possible relationships between tumour response and exposure to cisplatin (area under the curve of unbound cisplatin in plasma, AUC) and DNA-adduct formation in leucocytes (WBC) in patients with solid tumours. Patients were treated with six weekly courses of cisplatin at a dose of 70 or 80 mg m-2. The AUC was determined(More)
This paper describes an analytical procedure for the quantitative determination of the pharmaceutical vehicle Cremophor EL in human plasma samples. The procedure is based on rapid binding of Coomassie brilliant blue G-250 to Cremophor EL following plasma protein precipitation with acetonitrile and analyte extraction with n-butylchloride. The binding of the(More)
The aim of this study is to discover a gene set that can predict resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy in ovarian cancer. The study was performed on 96 primary ovarian adenocarcinoma specimens from 2 hospitals all treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. In our search for genes, 24 specimens of the discovery set (5 nonresponders and 19 responders) were(More)
Eighty-five patients with epithelial ovarian cancer were studied to assess the prognostic value of the prechemotherapy serum concentration of CA125 and its half-life during induction therapy. The endpoints of the analysis were progression rate and time to progression. The prechemotherapy CA125 level had no prognostic value (P = 0.36) if the patients were(More)
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, we assessed the efficacy of an ACTH(4-9) analogue, Org 2766, in the prevention of cisplatin neuropathy in 55 women with ovarian cancer. The analogue was given subcutaneously in a dose of 0.25 mg (low dose) or 1 mg (high dose) per square meter of body-surface area before and after treatment with(More)
We investigated the potential of weekly cisplatin and daily oral etoposide followed by oral etoposide maintenance therapy in patients with platinum-refractory ovarium cancer. One hundred and seven patients were entered on the study, 98 patients completed the induction therapy consisting of cisplatin at either 50 or 70 mg m(-2) weekly for six administrations(More)