Mehmet Artac

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BACKGROUND In the practice of oncology, effective communication between physician and patient is very important. Although many studies have indicated that a large majority of physicians, especially from Western countries, tell the truth about diagnosis and prognosis, little is known about attitudes of physicians in Turkey toward truth-telling. OBJECTIVE(More)
We report a breast cancer patient with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (LM) who showed an excellent objective and subjective response to letrozole, with a progression-free survival of 16 months. We think that despite the poor prognosis and short survival of patients with LM, early diagnosis and treatment with appropriate hormonal manipulation may improve the(More)
The implementation of genetic data for a better prediction of response to medications and adverse drug reactions is becoming a reality in some clinical fields. However, to be successful, personalized medicine should take advantage of an informational structured framework of genetic, phenotypic and environmental factors in order to provide the healthcare(More)
POEMS syndrome is a rare plasma cell dyscrasia which is characterized by small amounts of monoclonal protein, and a multisystem complex manifested by various combinations of polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy and skin changes. Here, we presented an atypical case of POEMS syndrome with IgG kappa monoclonal protein, chronic demyelinating(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the methylation of the SFRP2, P16, DAPK1, HIC1, and MGMT genes, as well as the mutation of amino acid codons 12 and 13 of the KRAS gene in normal and tumor tissue DNA of patients diagnosed with sporadic colorectal cancer (SCRC). The methylation of gene regions and the KRAS mutations of normal (N) and tumor tissue (T)(More)
We aimed to form a risk prediction model to assess the probability of intrahospital death in cancer patients at the time of hospitalisation. The medical records and the relevant clinical parameters of cancer patients who died in or who were discharged from a teaching hospital between 1997 and 2000 (n = 334) were reviewed to explore the determinants of(More)
INTRODUCTION To assess the relationship of various growth factors and cytokines with the clinical outcome in metastatic breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. METHODS Consecutive, metastatic breast cancer patients with measurable disease and receiving palliative chemotherapy were prospectively evaluated for the predictors of progression free(More)
BACKGROUND The role of maintenance/consolidation chemotherapy was assessed in the management of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) via a metaanalytic approach. METHODS The Medline and Cochrane databases were searched for relevant randomized clinical trials that compared maintenance chemotherapy with follow-up. Quality of trials was assessed by European Lung(More)
BACKGROUND Various biomarkers have prognostic value in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We aimed to identify the roles of P53, c-erb- B2 and p-glycoprotein (pgp) as prognostic factors, independently or in conjunction with each other, in operable NSCLC. MATERIAL/METHODS Seventy operable NSCLC cases were retrospectively evaluated for P53, c-erb-B2 and(More)