Nicole M A Blijlevens

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PURPOSE The Prospective Oral Mucositis Audit assessed the incidence, duration, and determinants of severe oral mucositis (OM; WHO oral toxicity scale grades 3 to 4) in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) receiving high-dose conditioning chemotherapy before autologous stem-cell transplantation. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients(More)
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the NOD2 gene have significant impact on both treatment-related mortality (TRM) and acute GVHD (aGVHD) in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The effect of these polymorphisms when using T-cell-depleted grafts has been poorly studied. We retrospectively analysed NOD2 polymorphisms in a cohort of 85(More)
Mucositis is an inevitable side-effect of the conditioning regimens used for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The condition is better referred to as mucosal barrier injury (MBI) since it is primarily the result of toxicity and is a complex and dynamic pathobiological process manifested not only in the mouth but also throughout the entire digestive(More)
Procalcitonin (PCT) is an early marker of bacterial infection but little is known about its value in neutropenic allogeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT) recipients. We collected plasma from 12 recipients of T-cell-depleted HLA-matched related BMT recipients who had been treated preemptively with meropenem from the day after BMT for at least 15 days. PCT and(More)
Nowadays Gram-positive cocci, especially oral viridans streptococci (OVS) and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS), are the most common bloodstream isolates in febrile neutropenic patients. Although in general these cocci are quite indolent, Streptococcus mitis is associated with serious complications such as sepsis and/or adult respiratory distress(More)
The inhibition of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) by, for instance, curcumin is becoming an important new approach in combination with chemotherapy or irradiation for the treatment of a variety of cancers including haematological malignancies. A dose-limiting side effect of anticancer therapy in the gastrointestinal tract is mucosal barrier injury. It is(More)
A cohort of 439 haematopoietic SCT recipients was analysed to determine the incidence of Gram-positive coccal bacteraemia and thromboembolic events associated with the use of central venous catheters (CVCs) and to determine risk factors for these complications. The incidences of persistent coagulase-negative staphylococcal (CoNS) bacteraemia, symptomatic(More)
Large, comprehensive population-based studies in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are scarce. We conducted a nationwide population-based study on treatment, trial participation and survival among all adult patients diagnosed with AML (n=12,032) and acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL; n=585) in the Netherlands between 1989-2012. Patients were categorized into(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the presence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) guidelines, there are still gaps between best evidence as described in guidelines and quality of care in daily practice. Little is known about factors that affect this discrepancy. We aim to identify barriers that influence the delivery of care and to explore differences between patients' and(More)