Nicola Caristi

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Over the past few years, epidermal growth factor receptor has emerged as one of the most important targets in tumorgenesis and several drugs targeting signal transduction pathways have been developed. The first among these agents to be approved for the treatment of NSCLC was gefitinib, a potent, selective and reversible inhibitor of HER1/EGFR tyrosine(More)
BACKGROUND Capecitabine is considered the treatment of choice for anthracycline- and taxane-pretreated metastatic breast cancer. Mitomycin C seems to improve the activity of capecitabine by up-regulation of thymidine phosphorylase. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifty-five women with metastatic breast cancer previously treated with anthracyclinetaxane were treated(More)
Until recently, few therapeutic options were available for patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Since 2010, four new molecules with a demonstrated benefit (sipuleucel-T, cabazitaxel, abiraterone, and denosumab) have been approved in this setting, and to-date several other agents are under investigation in clinical trials. The purpose(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer in the elderly is associated with high recurrence and death rates, due mostly to undertreatment. Human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2) overexpression is infrequent in older patients. Trastuzumab-based chemotherapy is often withheld from elderly patients because of its cardiotoxicity. PATIENTS AND METHODS Medical(More)
Breast carcinoma (BC) is a heterogeneous disease in terms of histology, therapeutic response, dissemination patterns to distant sites and patient outcomes. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), defined by the lack of protein expression of estrogen and progesterone receptors and the absence of HER2 protein overexpression (ER-/PR-/HER2-) has significant(More)
Hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC) is a rapidly progressive disease which produces considerable morbidity and involves mostly men over 70, often comorbid and with poor tolerance to chemotherapy. Low-toxicity chemotherapy is a reasonable option in this setting. Vinorelbine and a corticosteroid show activity and clinical benefit responses in HRPC. An(More)
Using immunohistochemistry, we investigated 603 negative lymph nodes from 51 patients affected by invasive breast cancer (BC) to recognize bone marrow-derived hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs). HPC aggregates, revealed by CD34, CD133, VEGFR1, and CD117 antisera, were determined by an intensity-distribution score (ID). Cases with an ID-score >3 at least(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate three active agents, bleomycin (BLM), epirubicin and carboplatin in a new combination (BECA) in terms of feasibility, activity and toxicity in patients with recurrent and metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. From April 1992 to February 1993 15 pts (12M/3F), median age 53 years, all pretreated (6(More)
We have retrospectively examined 94 evaluable patients with metastatic osteolysis from breast cancer (BC) and non-small cell lung (NSCLC) cancer, who received RT from Nov. 88 to Nov. 89.27 (15 BC and 12 NSCLC) were in treatment with Clodronate for at least 3 days from the beginning of RT; of the remaining 67 treated with RT alone, 31 had NSCLC and 36 BC. We(More)