Nicola Sgherza

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Dasatinib was approved for the treatment of chronic phase (CP) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients in first line therapy based on the demonstration of efficacy and safety reported in patients enrolled in clinical trials. We describe a multicentric Italian "real-life" experience of dasatinib used as frontline treatment outside clinical trials. One(More)
The therapeutic efficacy of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) for hematological malignancies relies largely on the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effects exerted by the donor CD3 cells, but there is a risk of onset of uncontrolled graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Regulatory T cells (Tregs) (CD4+CD25(high) Foxp3+) are believed to(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that control the expression of many target messenger RNAs (mRNAs) involved in normal cell functions (differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis). Consequently their aberrant expression and/or functions are related to pathogenesis of many human diseases including cancers. Haematopoiesis is a highly regulated(More)
There have been few reports of a response to dasatinib or nilotinib after failure of two prior sequential tyrosine kinase inhibitors. We report the outcome of 82 chronic phase patients who received nilotinib or dasatinib as third-line alternative tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy. Thirty-four patients failed to respond to nilotinib and were started on(More)
Dasatinib (DAS) has been licensed for the frontline treatment in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). However, very few data are available regarding its efficacy and toxicity in elderly patients with CML outside clinical trials. To address this issue, we set out a "real-life" cohort of 65 chronic phase CML patients older than 65 years (median age 75.1 years)(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM A continued increase in the incidence of therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (t-MN) is expected due to the improvement of chemotherapeutic treatments for solid and haematological malignancies. The use of 5-azacytidine (AZA) is emerging in these patients. We, therefore, analyzed the outcome of patients with t-MN ineligible for intensive(More)
This paper presents the design and the implementation of a Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD) system for the clinical analysis of Peripheral Blood Smears (PBS also called Blood Film). The proposed system is able to count and classify the five types of leucocytes located in the tail of a PBS for computing the leukocyte formula. Image processing and segmentation(More)
Approximately 10%-12% of patients in chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia (CP-CML) have additional chromosomal aberrations at diagnosis; moreover, CML occurs in up to 10% of pregnancy-associated leukemias, with an annual incidence of 1 per 100,000 pregnancies. In this report we describe the case of a 36-year-old female with CP-CML diagnosed in the 18th(More)
The treatment and prognosis of chronic myeloid leukemia have dramatically changed since the introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors, but although several clinical trials have examined their safety with respect to heart function, no data are yet available about the use of these drugs in patients with Brugada syndrome. We report a case of Brugada syndrome(More)