Michael T Hallissey

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The overall survival in patients with gastric cancer is low, even among those undergoing resection. It has been hoped that the development of adjuvant therapy might improve survival in patients following surgery when tumour burden was minimal and both chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been proposed as suitable for use in gastric cancer. Their value has(More)
This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was designed to evaluate the ability of the orally administered matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor, marimastat, to prolong survival in patients with non-resectable gastric and gastro-oesophageal adenocarcinoma. Three hundred and sixty-nine patients with histological proof of adenocarcinoma, who had(More)
A prospective, randomised controlled trial of surgery, surgery with adjuvant radiotherapy and surgery with adjuvant chemotherapy (5-fluorouracil, adriamycin and mitomycin C) in operable gastric cancer is described. Four hundred and thirty-six patients were randomly allocated to one of three treatment groups. With 12 months' minimum follow-up, 334 patients(More)
BACKGROUND A large proportion of patients attending open access endoscopy have histological and gross pathological findings that are potentially premalignant. The proportion of these patients who go on to develop malignancies and the timescale over which this occurs are uncertain. AIMS This study aims to discover the incidence of gastric cancers in this(More)
411 patients were entered into a prospective, randomised controlled trial of adjuvant chemotherapy after gastrectomy for adenocarcinoma. After a follow-up of at least 5 1/2 years there has been no survival advantage for those receiving adjuvant 5-fluorouracil and mitomycin C with or without an induction course of 5-fluorouracil, vincristine,(More)
Primary intra-abdominal malignant mesenchymal tumours are very rare and there are not many cases of visceral malignant fibrous histiocytoma in the English literature. We report a new case of abdominal malignant fibrous histiocytoma presenting as abdominal pain and pyrexia of unknown origin in a 54 year old female followed by a brief review of literature.(More)
AIMS Accurate staging of gastric, oesophageal and oesophagogastric cancer is essential to avoid unnecessary laparotomies in patients where only palliation is appropriate. This requires a multimodal approach utilizing endoscopy, computed tomography and laparoscopy. Previous authors have found that the presence of free peritoneal tumour cells (FPTCs) detected(More)
Linear FGF receptor-binding heptapeptides were identified by phage display using sequential rounds of biopanning against cells with displacement of phage by FGF2. The consensus motif MXXP was iterated after four to five rounds and the peptide MQLPLAT was studied in depth. Phage bearing MQLPLAT showed high levels of binding to FGF receptor positive cells,(More)
BACKGROUND In the surgical management of gastric carcinoma, regional lymphatic spread is of prognostic importance. The fifth edition of the Union Internacional Contra la Cancrum classification has been shown to be reproducible, practical and of significant prognostic use. The tumour node metastasis (TNM) system requires at least 15 lymph nodes to be(More)
The use of blood transfusion was examined in 476 patients who underwent curative surgery for large bowel cancer. Of these patients, 128 were not transfused while 348 received a total of 1174 units of blood. A patient was considered over-transfused if the predischarge haemoglobin was more than 12 g/dl. Using this criteria and accepting that single unit(More)