Martin Pecherstorfer

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The objective of this study is to assess the effect of oral ibandronate on bone pain and quality of life in women with metastatic bone disease from breast cancer. In two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, 564 patients were randomised to receive oral ibandronate, 50mg once daily, or placebo for up to 96 weeks. Throughout the studies, we assessed bone(More)
Although intravenous (i.v.) bisphosphonates are the standard of care for metastatic bone disease, they are less than ideal for many patients due to infusion-related adverse events (AEs), an increased risk of renal toxicity and the inconvenience of regular hospital visits. The use of oral bisphosphonate therapy is limited by concerns over efficacy and(More)
Chronic anemia of cancer can be corrected in approximately 50% of the cases by treatment with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO). Early prediction of responsiveness would avoid the emotional and financial burden of ineffective medical intervention. Eighty patients with chronic anemia of cancer undergoing treatment with rHuEPO (150 U/kg, 3 times per(More)
Although urinary measurements of collagen degradation provide valid estimates of bone resorption, their clinical application is hampered by pronounced analytical and biological variability. Therefore, immunoassays for the determination of such parameters in serum have been developed. In this study, we assessed the performance of three new serum markers of(More)
Bisphosphonates are potent inhibitors of bone resorption and are widely used in the treatment of bone diseases. One of the side effects of administered aminobisphosphonates is transient fever and some biological changes that are suggestive of an acute phase response. Pamidronate [(3-amino-1-hydroxypropylidene).1, 1-bisphosphonate] and ibandronate(More)
Bone sialoprotein (BSP) is a noncoflagenous bone matrix protein that is important for both mineralization and cell-cell interactions. Tissue studies in primary breast cancers have shown that immunohistochemical expression of BSP is associated with a high incidence of bone metastases in the course of the disease. We used a RIA to investigate the importance(More)
BACKGROUND Improvements in quality of life after treatment with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) often have been reported in patients with end-stage renal disease. In patients with chronic anemia of cancer, comparatively few systemic investigations have been performed. METHODS Various aspects of quality of life were self-reported on linear(More)
We investigated in humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy whether parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) elevation causes a rise in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25-(OH)2 D) serum levels. We assessed 41 patients with hypercalcemia of malignancy in a prospective study. There were 19 patients who had serum PTHrP levels in the normal range; 22 patients had(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to determine whether regional cerebral blood flow in survivors of torture suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differed significantly from that in healthy controls. METHOD We examined the cerebral regional distribution of 99m-technetium-hexamethylpropyleneamineoxime (HMPAO) using single photon emission(More)
To compare the efficacy and safety of ibandronate and pamidronate in patients with hypercalcemia of malignancy (HCM). Seventy-two patients with HCM [albumin-corrected serum calcium (CSC) >2.7 mmol/l] were treated with a single infusion of ibandronate (2 or 4 mg) or pamidronate (15, 30, 60, or 90 mg) on day 0. The dose was dependent on the severity of(More)