Marjo J Holtkamp

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The prognosis of patients with stage IIIB breast carcinoma with tumour spread to the apical axillary lymph nodes has hardly improved despite adequate locoregional control and the introduction of systemic adjuvant therapy. A combined modality regimen that includes anthracyclin-based chemotherapy, high-dose chemotherapy with peripheral stem cell support and(More)
Double-lumen central venous access (CVA) catheters are occasionally used in pharmacokinetic studies for drug administration and blood sampling. The samples are often collected by the nursing staff and thus the investigator may not be aware of the specific sampling technique used. We present an example of the dramatic effect that an incorrect sampling(More)
BACKGROUND High-dose chemotherapy in combination with peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation is widely used in the treatment of several malignancies. The use of high-dose chemotherapy can be complicated by the occurrence of severe and sometimes life threatening toxicity. A wide interpatient variability in toxicity is encountered, which may be(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer cells deficient for BRCA1 are hypersensitive to agents inducing DNA double-strand breaks (DSB), such as bifunctional alkylators and platinum agents. Earlier, we had developed a comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) classifier based on BRCA1-mutated breast cancers. We hypothesised that this BRCA1-like(CGH) classifier could also(More)
BACKGROUND Patients receiving the highly emetogenic high-dose chemotherapy regimen with cyclophosphamide, thiotepa and carboplatin (CTC) may benefit from the neurokin-1 receptor antagonist aprepitant in addition to standard anti-emetic therapy. As aprepitant has been shown to be a moderate inhibitor of the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 isoenzyme, its effect on(More)
PURPOSE To determine the feasibility and safety of multiple, closely timed courses of high-dose cyclophosphamide, thiotepa, and carboplatin (CTC) with peripheral-blood progenitor-cell transplantation (PBPCT). PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-eight patients with advanced cancer were scheduled to undergo either two or three courses of CTC with PBPCT. All PBPCs(More)
BACKGROUND Peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation is rapidly replacing autologous bone marrow transplantation as hematological support after high-dose chemotherapy for lymphoma or solid tumors. Controversy exists concerning the number of progenitor cells required for rapid and sustained bone marrow recovery, and as to which of the widely available(More)
In 29 chemotherapy-naive patients with stage II-III breast cancer, peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) were mobilised following fluorouracil 500 mg m-2, epirubicin 90-120 mg m-2 and cyclophosphamide 500 mg m-2 (FEC) and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF; Filgrastim) 300 microgram s.c. daily. In all but one patient, mobilisation was successful,(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and efficacy of multiple courses of high-dose cyclophosphamide, carboplatin and thiotepa with peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) transplantation in women with advanced breast cancer. Forty-one patients with advanced hormone-refractory breast cancer were enrolled in the study. The treatment(More)
BACKGROUND After high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem-cell support long hospital stays in the aplastic phase are expensive, lead to increased risk of hospital infections and to increasing pressure on available hospital beds. We developed a home care regimen that allows patients to be at home for most of the aplastic period, without daily hospital(More)