Michel Velez

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BACKGROUND The efficacy of FOLFIRINOX for metastatic pancreatic cancer has led to its use in patients with earlier stages of disease. This study retrospectively analyzed a cohort of patients with locally-advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) treated with FOLFIRINOX. METHODS Between 2008 and 2013, 51 treatment-naïve patients with LAPC at a single institution(More)
Lung cancer research has incorporated molecular medicine into the management of this disease during the last 5 years. Several novel tumorigenesis pathways associated with lung cancer development and proliferation have been discovered and further developed as targets. The idea behind this is to deliver individualized therapy for each patient based on his/her(More)
The large knowledge learned in molecular biology specifically in the oncology field during the last ten years has resulted in fruitful results for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. The first pathway to be effectively targeted in lung cancer was the epidermal growth factor receptor. The acceptance of epidermal growth factor receptor mutation as a(More)
Lung cancer therapy with current available chemotherapeutic agents is mainly palliative. For these and other reasons there is now a great interest to find targeted therapies that can be effective not only palliating lung cancer or decreasing treatment-related toxicity, but also giving hope to cure these patients. It is already well known that the(More)
Thyroid cancer incidence continues to increase, remaining the most common endocrine malignancy. The need for effective systemic therapies combined with high incidence of driver mutations and overexpression of molecular pathways make refractory thyroid cancer an ideal candidate for treatment with novel agents. Multikinase inhibitors have caused a paradigm(More)
Lung cancer incidence continues to rise and is the number one cause of cancer death in both men and women worldwide with projected 221,130 new cases and 156,940 deaths in the United States in 2011.1 Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) represents more than 85% of the cases with most patients having either locally advanced or metastatic disease at the time of(More)
For many decades, the use of chemotherapy as second-line therapy in non-small-cell lung cancer relied upon disease progression. Several studies have shown that four to six cycles of chemotherapy administered as front-line therapy treatment offers a survival advantage to patients; however, further chemotherapy beyond this initial treatment was more(More)
The hedgehog (Hh) pathway is a critical regulator of vertebrate embryonic development and is involved in the function of processes such as stem cell maintenance and differentiation, tissue polarity and cell proliferation. Given how critical these functions are, it is not surprising that mutations in Hh pathway components are often implicated in the(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW This article reviews the most recent developments and implications in regard to isocitrate dehydrogenase mutations in chondrosarcoma, a disease in which currently available systemic therapies have proven inefficacious, with an emphasis on how disruption in normal cellular metabolism plays a role in oncogenesis. RECENT FINDINGS The(More)
Exposure of sensitive cells of Staphylococcus aureus to concentrations of gentamicin higher than the minimal inhibitory concentration, results in the recovery of low level resistant strains with a greatly altered phenotype (variants). Because the phenotypic alteration in these strains is so great the expected diagnostic characterization of these variants as(More)
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