Momcilo Jankovic

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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) in children is sometimes characterized by a severe course, requiring prolonged administration of immunosuppressive therapy. Rituximab is able to cause selective in vivo destruction of B lymphocytes, with abrogation of antibody production. In a prospective study, we have evaluated the use of rituximab for the treatment of(More)
Background and Objectives. A recent evaluation carried out by the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) about practice management of acute childhood idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) revealed a remarkable difference of behaviors among the different AIEOP centers. A need for common practice guidelines for this frequent(More)
This, the sixth official document of the SIOP Working Committee on psychosocial issues in pediatric oncology, develops another important and especially difficult topic: assistance for terminally ill children with cancer. This is provided for the pediatric oncology community as a useful set of guidelines. It should be always possible for a declining child to(More)
In order to evaluate the impact of influenza-like illness and the effectiveness of influenza vaccination in children with oncohematological disease who have completed cancer therapy, 182 children with a diagnosis of oncohematological disease were divided into two subgroups on the basis of the length of time off therapy (<6 months or 6-24 months) and(More)
We describe the survival patterns of 10,791 Italian children (age 0-14) diagnosed with cancer during 1989-1998 and who were included in the hospital-based registry of the Italian Association of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology. Five-year cumulative survival percentages were 76% for lymphoproliferative disorders and 68% for solid tumours. Survival rates(More)
To evaluate the incidence of second malignant tumors in a cohort of subjects previously treated for childhood cancer, we analyzed data from the Off-Therapy Registry (OTR) of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, which collects information on children treated for Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Wilms' tumor, acute lymphoblastic(More)
BACKGROUND High dosage anthracyclines in pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is associated with cardiotoxicity. However, data on the cardiac effects of lower cumulative doses of these drugs are not conclusive. The aim of this study was to assess the cardiac effects of low cumulative anthracycline doses in long-term survivors of ALL.(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE The management of chronic childhood idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is distinct from acute ITP. Similar to the publication on acute ITP guidelines, the AIEOP (Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica) considered it appropriate to develop consensus guidelines for chronic childhood ITP to provide useful and(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to describe the patterns of marriage and parenthood in a cohort of childhood cancer survivors included in the Off-Therapy Registry maintained by the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. DESIGN AND METHODS We analyzed a cohort of 6,044 patients diagnosed with cancer between 1960 and 1998, while aged(More)