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Allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (SCT) with both myeloablative and reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) is an effective therapy in AML/MDS. However, the relative merits of each may differ in different settings. To define the role of dose intensity, we analyzed SCT outcomes of 112 consecutive patients with AML/MDS. A total of 45 patients met eligibility(More)
High-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (SCT) have limited success in patients with refractory aggressive lymphoma. Allogeneic SCT may offer some advantage in this setting by providing graft-versus-lymphoma effect, but the relapse risk remains substantial. In this study, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of rituximab(More)
Hypomethylating agents have recently been shown to improve the outcome of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome. A meta-analysis and systematic review was carried out of randomized controlled trials comparing treatment with hypomethylating agents to conventional care, i.e., best supportive care or chemotherapy, in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome.(More)
PURPOSE Antiviral prophylaxis is commonly prescribed to haematological cancer patients. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to quantify its overall benefit in specific clinical scenarios. METHODS Randomised controlled trials assessing antiviral prophylaxis versus placebo, no treatment, pre-emptive treatment or another antiviral drug were(More)
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) is a potentially curative approach for patients with hematological malignancies. Reduced-intensity conditioning regimens allow SCT in elderly patients; however, there are only limited data on the feasibility and outcomes of unrelated donor SCT in these patients. In this study, we analyzed, retrospectively, data of(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effect of antifungal prophylaxis on all-cause mortality as primary outcome, invasive fungal infections (IFIs), and adverse events. Many studies have evaluated the role of antifungal prophylaxis in cancer patients, with inconsistent conclusions. METHODS We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled(More)
BACKGROUND High-dose chemotherapy combined with autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) is the standard therapy for refractory/relapsed aggressive lymphoma. In the era of rituximab-containing frontline regimens, it is becoming more challenging to salvage patients in this setting, and novel approaches are required. This is a randomized study evaluating(More)
The hepatopulmonary syndrome is defined as the triad of liver disease, hypoxaemia and intrapulmonary vascular dilatation. This syndrome has been described in patients with liver cirrhosis, noncirrhotic portal hypertension, and fulminant hepatic failure, however, there are no previous descriptions of hepatopulmonary syndrome in patients with acute(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) is a hereditary, progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Excitotoxicity and reduced availability of neurotrophic factors (NTFs) likely play roles in HD pathogenesis. Recently we developed a protocol that induces adult human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into becoming NTF secreting cells(More)
Chronic myeloid leukemia in blast crisis (BC) and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph(+) ALL) are associated with extremely poor outcome. Allogeneic transplantation during BC or active leukemia is most often unsuccessful due to high-rates of both treatment-related complications and relapse. Long-term results are significantly(More)