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BACKGROUND Although greater than 40% of breast cancers occur in patients aged ≥65 years, these individuals are frequently undertreated. Taxane-based adjuvant chemotherapy is considered the treatment of choice but to the authors' knowledge has only limited evidence in elderly patients. METHODS Patients aged ≥65 years with a Charlson comorbidity index ≤2(More)
OBJECTIVE A multicenter non-randomized phase II study was initiated to evaluate tolerability and efficacy of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in combination with carboplatin in gynecologic malignancies. METHODS One hundred forty women with recurrent or advanced endometrial (n=31), cervical or vaginal cancer (n=31), uterine sarcomas (n=11), or(More)
BACKGROUND Vestibular neuritis (VN) is a strongly disabling disease of the peripheral vestibular system. Rapid and effective relief of symptoms is important to allow patients to promptly return to normal physical activity. OBJECTIVE The aim of this prospective, randomized, double-blind study was to evaluate the efficacy of a fixed low-dose combination of(More)
BACKGROUND Despite recent progress in the treatment of ovarian cancer, the majority of patients eventually relapse. There is little information on the effectiveness of chemotherapy in higher treatment lines. PATIENTS AND METHODS Characterization of the second to sixth line therapy and its effects on survival was carried out, based on data of n = 1620(More)
BACKGROUND Of the newer antiepileptic drugs, lamotrigine (LTG) and levetiracetam (LEV) are popular first choice drugs for epilepsy. The authors compared these drugs with regard to their efficacy and tolerability in the initial monotherapy for epilepsy. METHODS A randomised, open-label, controlled, parallel group, multicenter trial was conducted to test(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to select the best catumaxomab regimen for further investigation in ovarian cancer based on confirmed tumour response. METHODS Randomised open-label phase IIa study in women with platinum-resistant or -refractory epithelial ovarian cancer. Catumaxomab (6-hour intraperitoneal infusion on days 0, 3, 7 and 10) was(More)
OBJECTIVES Results on the prognostic value of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2)/neu in ovarian cancer are inconsistent. This exploratory analysis evaluates Her-2/neu as a prognostic factor in a large cohort of patients with advanced-stage ovarian cancer treated with platinum/paclitaxel as first-line chemotherapy within a prospective(More)
PURPOSE Dual anti-HER2 blockade with trastuzumab/pertuzumab or trastuzumab/lapatinib in combination with anthracycline/taxane-based chemotherapy can reach pathologic complete response (pCR) rates of up to 60% in HER2-positive breast cancer. The DAFNE (Dual blockade with AFatinib and trastuzumab as NEoadjuvant treatment) phase II study (NCT015591477)(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with invasive residual disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) are considered to have chemo-resistant breast cancer. Bisphosphonates are an established treatment for bone metastases and are of potential benefit as adjuvant treatment in early breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients who had invasive tumour residuals (ypT1-4(More)