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BACKGROUND Established risk factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking, long-standing diabetes, high body fatness, and chronic pancreatitis, all of which can be characterised by aspects of inflammatory processes. However, prospective studies investigating the relation between inflammatory markers and pancreatic cancer risk are scarce. METHODS We(More)
The aim of the study was to compare the diagnostic performance of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), computed tomography (CT), and 18F-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in staging of oesophageal cancer. PubMed was searched to identify English-language articles published before January 2006 and reporting on diagnostic performance(More)
This study was performed to assess the efficacy and safety of preoperative chemoradiation consisting of carboplatin and paclitaxel and concurrent radiotherapy for patients with resectable (T2-3N0-1M0) oesophageal cancer. Treatment consisted of paclitaxel 50 mg m(-2) and carboplatin AUC=2 on days 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and concurrent radiotherapy (41.4 Gy in 23(More)
The objective of this study was to identify prognostic factors for survival in patients with advanced oesophageal cancer, who are treated with cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy. We analysed the baseline characteristics of 350 patients who were treated in six consecutive prospective trials with one of the following regimens: cisplatin/etoposide,(More)
In a phase I study we demonstrated the feasibility of a bi-weekly combination of paclitaxel 180 mg x m(-2) with cisplatin 60 mg x m(-2). In this study we further assessed toxicity and efficacy of this schedule in the treatment of advanced cancer of the oesophagus or the gastro-oesophageal junction. Patients received paclitaxel 180 mg x m(-2) administered(More)
Administration of 5-aminolaevulinic acid (ALA) leads to porphyrin accumulation in malignant and premalignant tissues, and ALA is used as a prodrug in photodynamic therapy (PDT). To understand the mechanism of porphyrin accumulation after the administration of ALA and to investigate whether ALA-induced protoporphyrin IX might be a suitable photosensitizer in(More)
INTRODUCTION Severity of mucosal inflammation is shown to be associated with Barrett's esophagus (BE) development in animals. It has therefore been postulated that a strong pro-inflammatory host response predisposes to BE. AIM To determine the impact of cytokine gene polymorphisms on the development of BE. METHODS The multiplex SNaPshot method was used(More)
UNLABELLED Benign stricture formation at the cervical anastomosis after transhiatal esophagectomy with gastric tube interposition is an important source of morbidity. In a large group of patients (n = 269) who had undergone transhiatal esophagectomy with gastric tube interposition, we examined surgical and nonsurgical risk factors for the development of(More)
BACKGROUND Colonoscopic surveillance provides the best practical means for preventing colorectal cancer (CRC) in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. Strong evidence for improved survival from surveillance programmes is sparse. METHOD The aim of this study was to compare tumour stage and survival of IBD patients with CRC who were a part of a(More)
We performed this dose-finding study with a fixed dose of cisplatin and increasing doses of paclitaxel given every 2 weeks to determine the maximum tolerable dose of this schedule. Sixty-four patients with advanced oesophageal cancer were treated with a cisplatin dose of 60 mg m(-2) and increasing doses of paclitaxel from 100 mg m(-2) up to 200 mg m(-2)(More)