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PURPOSE To determine the maximum-tolerated dose and the antitumor activity of a combination of paclitaxel, cisplatin, and gemcitabine in advanced transitional-cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urothelium. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with measurable, previously untreated, locally advanced or metastatic TCC and with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group(More)
This phase II study evaluated the activity of gemcitabine (Gemzar) plus cisplatin (Platinol) as first-line treatment of advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. Forty-two chemonaive patients with advanced (stage III and IV) epithelial ovarian cancer received gemcitabine 1,250 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 8 and cisplatin 100 mg/m(2) on day 1, every 3 weeks, up to eight(More)
INTRODUCTION Bladder cancer is a frequently occurring tumour in Spain and usually affects elderly patients with renal impairment. The development of new combination therapies for such patients is thus of vital importance. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between 1997 and 1998, 17 patients with locally advanced non-surgical or metastatic bladder tumours were treated(More)
Concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCR) followed or preceded by full-dose chemotherapy seems to be a standard treatment for unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Gemcitabine is a strong radiosensitizer, and a phase I study confirmed the feasibility of CCR with low-dose gemcitabine administered twice-weekly in NSCLC patients. Consequently, we designed(More)
Sixty-seven patients underwent intraoperative colonoscopy during elective surgery for colorectal cancer. Complete examination of the colon was achieved in 65 patients (97 per cent), albeit with insertion through a colotomy in three (4 per cent). A synchronous carcinoma was found in six patients (9 per cent), which necessitated a change of planned surgical(More)
The clinical effects of targeting Her-2/neu in prostate carcinoma are not known. This study explores the feasibility of molecular profiling to determine the correlation between Her-2/neu expression and hormonal sensitivity. Patients with progressive androgen-independent prostate carcinoma were eligible to participate in the study. Her-2/neu expression was(More)
BACKGROUND Protracted oral administration of tegafur (TG) and leucovorin (LV) attempts to simulate the continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil, with a higher intracellular folate pool. In a prior dose-finding study with a fixed TG dose of 0.75 g/m2/day for a period of 21 days and continuous oral LV, the recommended dose of LV was 45 mg/day in 28-day cycles.(More)
Tegafur is an effective oral fluoropyrimidine that shows the same activity as 5-fluorouracil for a similar spectrum of cancers. Their biochemical modulation with oral Leucovorin (LV) attempts to simulate treatment with a continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil and LV with the added advantage of outpatient administration. Thirty-three patients with advanced(More)
7322 Background: CCR in unresectable NSCLC has been superior to sequential approach in several studies. However, concurrence often precludes administration of full-dose chemotherapy. So, induction chemotherapy followed by CCR seems a promising alternative. A phase I study confirmed the feasibility of CCR with biweekly, low-dose, gemcitabine in NSCLC(More)
Transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelium is a highly chemosensitive tumor. Combination chemotherapy can provide both palliation and a modest survival advantage in patients with advanced disease. As shown in a recent phase III trial, the new gold standard should be considered gemcitabine/cisplatin, although toxicity remains important. Bladder cancer is(More)