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PURPOSE Bevacizumab provides a survival benefit in first- and second-line metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). In a large, observational, bevacizumab treatment study (Bevacizumab Regimens: Investigation of Treatment Effects and Safety [BRiTE]) in patients who had mCRC, a longer-than-expected overall survival (OS) of 25.1 months was reported. The association(More)
PURPOSE Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a key role in the biology and prognosis of pancreatic cancer. Inhibitors of VEGF suppress the growth of pancreatic cancer in preclinical models. The objectives of this phase II study were to assess the response rate and overall survival of pancreatic cancer patients who received gemcitabine with the(More)
BACKGROUND Elderly patients are underrepresented in clinical trials and frequently undertreated with standard therapy. The BRiTE observational cohort study assessed the safety and effectiveness of bevacizumab-based first-line therapy for metastatic colorectal cancer among a large cohort of elderly patients (896 patients ≥65 years, among 1,953 total(More)
PURPOSE To increase the activity of cisplatin, fluorouracil (5-FU), and leucovorin (PFL) through further biochemical modulation and study the pharmacologic interaction of 5-FU and interferon alfa-2b (IFN). PATIENTS AND METHODS Escalating doses of IFN (0.5 to 4.0 x 10(6) U/m2/d x 6) were added to cisplatin 100 mg/m2, continuous infusion 5-FU 800 or 640(More)
BACKGROUND The Avastin Registry: Investigation of Effectiveness and Safety (ARIES) study is a prospective, community-based observational cohort study that evaluated the effectiveness and safety of first-line treatment patterns, assessing the impact of chemotherapy choice and treatment duration. METHODS The ARIES study enrolled patients with metastatic(More)
BACKGROUND Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a validated target in squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck, but in patients with recurrent or metastatic disease, EGFR targeting agents have displayed modest efficacy. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated angiogenesis has been implicated as a mechanism of resistance to anti-EGFR(More)
Twenty-six patients with metastatic pancreatic or gastric adenocarcinoma were treated with 5-fluorouracil, Adriamycin, and mitomycin C. One complete and five partial responses were observed among 15 patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma (40% response rate) and six partial responses were observed among 11 patients with gastric adenocarcinoma (55% response(More)
BACKGROUND The Bevacizumab Regimens' Investigation of Treatment Effects (BRiTE) study is a prospective, observational cohort study designed to elucidate safety and effectiveness outcomes associated with bevacizumab combined with chemotherapy as used in clinical practice for first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
Both cisplatin and leucovorin (LV) interact with fluorouracil (5-FU) by increasing intracellular reduced folate levels and thereby the inhibition of thymidylate synthase. Therefore, the addition of LV to cisplatin and 5-FU (PFL) may increase the activity of that combination in head and neck cancer. We treated 31 patients with locally advanced head and neck(More)
4009 Background: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors are overexpressed in PC. In preclinical models, anti-VEGF antibodies suppress PC growth and potentiate the activity of gemcitabine. High VEGF expression correlates with advanced stage and decreased survival in PC pts. These data suggest that anti-VEGF therapy may have utility in(More)