Noriko Usui

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The clinical features and prognostic significance of myeloma cells containing granules remain unclear. The purpose of this retrospective study was to investigate the clinical significance of granule-containing myeloma cells in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM). We retrospectively analyzed the records of 122 patients diagnosed with NDMM(More)
Pegfilgrastim is a pegylated form of the granulocyte-colony stimulating factor, filgrastim. Herein, we report the results of a multicentre, randomized, double-blind phase III trial comparing the efficacy and safety of pegfilgrastim with filgrastim in patients with malignant lymphoma. Patients were randomized to receive either a single subcutaneous dose of(More)
Concurrent chemoradiotherapy has become one of the standard management approaches for newly diagnosed localized nasal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL). Few data are available on the prognostic biomarkers of NKTCL among patients treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy. To evaluate the prognostic significance of immunophenotypic biomarkers for(More)
An open-label, prospective, multicenter study was conducted between October 2006 and March 2010 to assess the efficacy and safety of intravenous voriconazole (VRCZ) as empirical therapy for antibiotic-refractory febrile neutropenia in Japanese patients with hematological disorders. In addition, to find the patient groups that may benefit from antifungal(More)
Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ALL) reveals very poor prognosis due to high incidence of relapse when treated with standard chemotherapy. Although >96% of patients with Ph+ALL achieved complete remission (CR) with imatinib-combined chemotherapy in a phase II clinical trial conducted by the Japan Adult Leukemia Study Group(More)
Transforming growth factor Bt (TGF-/~i) and TGF-/~2 can reversibly inhibit the proliferation of hematopoietic progenitor cells in vivo, leading us to hypothesize that such quiescent progenitors might be more resistant to high doses ofceU cycle active chemotherapeutic drugs, thereby allowing dose intensification of such agents. Initial studies showed that(More)
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