Marina P. Siakantaris

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Splenectomy has traditionally been considered as a standard first line treatment for splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) conferring a survival advantage over chemotherapy. However it carries significant complications, especially in elderly patients. The purpose of this retrospective study was to report our experience on the efficacy of Rituximab as first(More)
UNLABELLED More aggressive treatment approaches (methotrexate, cytarabine, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone, and bleomycin [the MACOP-B regimen] or consolidation with high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation) have been considered to be superior to cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP) in patients with(More)
Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMLBCL) is a unique clinicopathologic entity, usually presenting with bulky anterior mediastinal masses with or without local symptoms, including the superior vena cava syndrome. Post-treatment residual masses are very common because of initial disease bulk and fibrosis, a prominent histologic feature of PMLBCL.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is a pleiotropic cytokine which increases bcl-2 levels and protects cells from steroid or doxorubicin-induced apoptosis. Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells bear functional IL-10 receptors. Thus serum IL-10 (sIL-10) might inhibit apoptosis in HRS cells, which could occur as a result of either chemotherapy(More)
A 59-year-old woman suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia developed pulmonary lesions; bronchoalveolar lavage was performed for possible systemic fungal infection. However, direct microscopic analysis revealed ciliated protozoa identified as Balantidium coli. B. coli is the only known pathogenic ciliate, and is usually associated with intestinal(More)
PURPOSE To correlate the immunohistochemical expression of topoisomerase IIalpha (topoIIalpha) in Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) with clinicopathological parameters, the expression of Ki-67 and the outcome of patients, who had been homogenously treated with ABVD or equivalent regimens. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Immunohistochemistry using the monoclonal antibody Ki-S1(More)
UNLABELLED Neovascularisation and bone resorption are related to myeloma disease activity. OBJECTIVES To investigate the possible prognostic importance of serum syndecan-1, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) levels, the relationship between them, with parameters of disease activity and the effect of treatment on their levels.(More)
Primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma (PCMZL) is an indolent disease. Treatment options include excision, local irradiation, interferon-alpha or chemotherapy. We present two patients with PCMZL and multiple skin lesions successfully treated with intralesional administration of the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab. The first presented with four red(More)
The prognostic value of baseline serum free light chain ratio (sFLCR) was investigated in 94 multiple myeloma (MM) patients. sFLCR was calculated as kappa/lambda or lambda/kappa, depending on the patients' dominating monoclonal light chain. Median baseline sFLCR was 3.57 in kappa-MM patients, 45.09 in lambda-MM. 'High' sFLCR (> or = the observed median(More)
Bone marrow angiogenesis has recently been implicated in the pathophysiology and course of various haematological malignancies. Little is known, however, about the significance of this phenomenon in hairy cell leukaemia (HCL). We evaluated various morphometric characteristics of microvessels, highlighted by means of anti-CD34 immunohistochemistry, in the(More)