Masaya Okada

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To examine the efficacy of intensified maintenance chemotherapy, we conducted a prospective multicenter trial in adult patients with newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia treated with all-trans retinoic acid and chemotherapy. Of the 302 registered, 283 patients were assessable and 267 (94%) achieved complete remission. Predicted 6-year overall(More)
Nilotinib is a second-generation BCR-ABL kinase inhibitor with improved potency and selectivity compared to imatinib. A Phase I/II dose-escalation study was designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of nilotinib in Japanese patients with imatinib-resistant or -intolerant Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myelogenous(More)
Although biological and clinical features differ between B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and T-lineage ALL (T-ALL), there have been few reports that focused on the prognosis for T-ALL in adults, primarily due to its rarity. Here, we studied the long-term outcomes and prognostic factors specific for adult T-ALL by combining patient data from the(More)
A phase 1/2 study was conducted to assess the safety and efficacy of dasatinib in Japanese patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) or Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph(+) ALL) resistant or intolerant to imatinib. In phase 1, 18 patients with chronic phase (CP) CML were treated with dasatinib 50, 70, or 90 mg twice(More)
BACKGROUND Even after the introduction of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), early hemorrhagic death remains a major cause of remission induction failure for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). METHODS To investigate severe hemorrhagic complications during remission induction therapy with respect to incidence, risk factors, and influence on outcome. Results(More)
Patients' physiological functions and health-related quality of life (QOL) are useful for planning physical therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), but have not been extensively examined prior to transplantation. We investigated whether physiological functions and health-related QOL were reduced in patients before(More)
Studies focused on elderly acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) are relatively limited. To evaluate prognostic impact in elderly APL, we compared the long-term outcome of elderly APL patients (60-70 years) with younger patients (15-59 years) treated with all-trans retinoic acid combined with anthracycline and cytarabine in the Japan Adult Leukemia Study Group(More)
Although immunological methods are widely used to diagnose various infectious diseases, they have rarely been employed to detect genetic diseases. In this study, we have established an immunoblot analysis system for the diagnosis of Werner syndrome (WS), a recessive genetic disorder causing premature aging and an enhanced risk of rare cancers. The method(More)
BACKGROUND First-line imatinib treatment can be successfully discontinued in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia after deep molecular response has been sustained for at least 2 years. We investigated the safety and efficacy of discontinuing second-line or subsequent dasatinib after at least 1 year of deep molecular response. METHODS The Dasatinib(More)
Similarities between hepatic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) have been reported recently. To examine this association, we studied 60 patients who underwent allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) consecutively at a single medical institution.Among the 60 patients, 12 developed hepatic GVHD after BMT and 48 did not.(More)