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PURPOSE In this multicentre phase II study, the efficacy and safety profile of the combination of docetaxel and epirubicin as first-line chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) were evaluated. METHODS Epirubicin (75 mg/m(2)) and docetaxel (75 mg/m(2)) were given intravenously once every 3 weeks for six cycles to 133 patients with MBC. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND The prognostic role of circulating tumor cells (CTC) in early colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been determined yet. We evaluated the potential prognostic value of CTC in stage III CRC patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Prospective multicenter study of 519 patients with stage III CRC recruited between January 2009 and June 2010. CTC were enumerated(More)
Three-hundred sixteen patients who underwent 405 primary knee replacements between January 1994 and June 1999 were reviewed for the incidence of local wound and systemic complications after unilateral and simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasties. A body mass index of 30 or greater was used to define obesity, and patients were divided into four(More)
This phase II trial studied the antitumor effect and toxicity of weekly irinotecan (CPT-11, 125 mg/m(2) 60 min iv infusion, weekly for 4 wk plus 2 wk rest) as second-line chemotherapy in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) resistant or refractory to prior 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) therapy. Sixty-nine patients with adenocarcinoma (57% in the colon and(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing attention has been given to the care to elderly patients in emergency departments (ED). Moreover, few data are available about final phase of the process, that is hospital admission from ED. This study was conducted to establish appropriateness, reasons and social factors related to hospital admission in medical services from ED and(More)
We have treated sixty-two patients (21 with limited disease, 41 with extensive disease), on an outpatient-basis schedule of six drugs administered weekly for twelve weeks. Cyclophosphamide, 400 mg/m2, adriamycin, 20 mg/m2 and vincristine, 2 mg, full dose, were administered during weeks 1, 5 and 9; cisplatin, 50 mg/m2 and etoposide, 100 mg/m2 during weeks 2,(More)
The effect of diphenylhydantoin (DPH), granatane-3-spiro-5'-hydantoin and leptazol has been checked on both GDH activity and ammonia and urea levels in brain. Concentrations of 90 mg/kg of leptazol decreased, significantly, the ammonium and urea levels in brain with respect to normal control. DPH and G-3SH had no effect on these metabolites against normal(More)
To understand the possible psychological repercussions of working in an ICU, we report on 18 nurses in our unit, who took the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the Rorschach test, and two prints from the Phillipson test. Each nurse took these tests during her 1st month of work and again at 12 months; 9 repeated the tests once more 24(More)
Pseudomyxoma peritonei is an infrequent clinical entity, characterized by peritoneal implantations organized in cyst of mucine or free peritoneal mucine. Most arise from cystadenoma or cystadenocarcinoma of the ovary and appendix, and fewer from other tumours and locations. It is more common in females, and it is usually diagnosed over the fifth decade.(More)