Nick Pavlakis

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PURPOSE Asbestos-induced chronic inflammation is implicated in the pathogenesis of malignant mesothelioma (MM). We have investigated blood neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), an index of systemic inflammation, as a prognostic factor in MM patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients with MM who had systemic therapy at participating institutes were studied.(More)
BACKGROUND Substantial numbers of cancer patients use complementary medicine therapies, even without a supportive evidence base. This study aimed to evaluate in a randomized controlled trial, the use of Medical Qigong (MQ) compared with usual care to improve the quality of life (QOL) of cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred and sixty-two(More)
BACKGROUND Bone is the most common site of metastatic disease associated with breast cancer affecting more than half of women during the course of their disease. Bone metastases are a significant cause of morbidity due to pain, pathological fractures, hypercalcaemia and spinal cord compression, and contribute to mortality. Bisphosphonates, which inhibit(More)
BACKGROUND Docetaxel is the first-line chemotherapy for castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). However, response rates are ∼50% and determined quite late in the treatment schedule, thus non-responders are subjected to unnecessary toxicity. The potential of circulating microRNAs as early biomarkers of docetaxel response in CRPC patients was(More)
Cancer patients often experience diminished cognitive function (CF) and quality of life (QOL) due to the side effects of treatment and the disease symptoms. This study evaluates the effects of medical Qigong (MQ; combination of gentle exercise and meditation) on CF, QOL, and inflammation in cancer patients. Eighty-one cancer patients recruited between(More)
BACKGROUND Results of two phase 3 trials have shown first-line bevacizumab in combination with chemotherapy improves clinical outcomes in patients with advanced or recurrent non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The SAiL (MO19390) study was undertaken to assess the safety and efficacy of first-line bevacizumab combined with standard chemotherapy(More)
BACKGROUND Bone is the most common site of metastatic disease associated with breast cancer (BC). Bisphosphonates inhibit osteoclast-mediated bone resorption, and novel targeted therapies such as denosumab, inhibit key pathways in the vicious cycle of bone metastases. OBJECTIVES To assess the effect of bisphosphonates on skeletal-related events (SREs),(More)
PURPOSE This preclinical and phase II study evaluated the efficacy and safety of the combination of cetuximab and erlotinib in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). PATIENTS AND METHODS The activity and mechanism of action of the combination of cetuximab plus erlotinib were investigated in vitro in colorectal cancer cell lines. In the clinical study,(More)
Docetaxel chemotherapy improves symptoms and survival in men with metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC). However, approximately 50% of patients do not respond to Docetaxel and are exposed to significant toxicity without direct benefit. This study aimed to identify novel therapeutic targets and predictive biomarkers of Docetaxel resistance in(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary toxicity reported with gemcitabine is usually mild and self-limiting. The authors report a series of three patients who had life-threatening pulmonary toxicity after receiving gemcitabine. METHODS The three patients presented to two major teaching hospitals with significant pulmonary dysfunction while receiving gemcitabine. Case data(More)