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BACKGROUND This randomized, double-blind, phase II study assessed two doses of the selective estrogen receptor modulator arzoxifene in women with advanced breast cancer. The primary end point was to choose the best of two doses of arzoxifene based on the response rate or the clinical benefit rate (CBR). Pharmacokinetics and toxicities were also assessed. (More)
BACKGROUND This randomized, phase III study compared the efficacy and safety of first-line gemcitabine versus epirubicin in the treatment of postmenopausal women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients aged > or = 60 years (median 68 years) with clinically measurable MBC received either gemcitabine 1200 mg/m(2) or epirubicin 35(More)
BACKGROUND To assess antitumor activity and toxicity of pemetrexed in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients previously treated with anthracyclines. PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventy-seven MBC patients from 12 European institutions were entered into the study. Seventy-two patients were considered evaluable for response and toxicity. Forty-two patients were(More)
PURPOSE To compare survival in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) treated with gefitinib 250 or 500 mg/day or standard methotrexate. PATIENTS AND METHODS Four hundred eighty-six patients with recurrent SCCHN were randomly assigned to oral gefitinib 250 mg/day, gefitinib 500 mg/day, or methotrexate 40(More)
This randomized, double-blind, phase III trial compared granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF; filgrastim) and leridistim (formerly myelopoietin), a chimeric dual agonist that binds both G-CSF and interleukin-3 receptors, for the prevention of neutropenic complications in patients with breast cancer receiving TAC(More)
We describe two Li-Fraumeni syndrome families. Family A was remarkable for two early childhood cases of adrenocortical tumours, family B for a high incidence of many characteristic cancers, including a childhood case of choroid plexus tumour. Using direct sequencing, we analysed exons 5-9 of the p53 gene in constitutional DNA of individuals from both(More)
PURPOSE Determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of pemetrexed and cyclophosphamide combination therapy for patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer and WHO performance status 0 to 2 were eligible. Pemetrexed (range, 400-2,400 mg/m(2)) was administered on(More)
The aim of this multicentric, prospective randomized trial is to evaluate and to compare, effects and toxicities of two chemotherapeutic combinations (AC and CMF) in adjuvant treatment of breast cancer. Both combinations were given in equitoxic doses and number of cycles was only four. There are 106 women treated for breast cancer T1c-3a, N0-1, M0 in the(More)
Treatment of early relapsing or resistant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin's disease (HD) remains problematic. High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation improves the prognosis for patients in response following standard dose regimens. We adopted the strategy of using salvage chemotherapy to(More)