Pedro Bilbao

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The objective of this study was to determine the incremental staging information provided by positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and its impact on management plans in patients with untreated stage III–IV head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). We prospectively studied, between September 2011 and February 2013, 84 consecutive(More)
Glutathione (GSH) plays an essential role in the metabolism of melanoma. As changes in intracellular GSH content can modify the processes of cell proliferation and detoxification, this could determine the therapeutic response to some cancer treatment strategies. The purpose of this study was to test the effects of treatment with interleukin-2 (IL-2), alone(More)
Malnutrition occurs frequently in patients with cancer. Indeed, a variety of nutritional and tumor-related factors must be taken into account in these patients. Recognizing this relationship, we aimed to prospectively evaluate the risk factors that influence weight loss in patients undergoing radiotherapy with oral nutritional supplementation and dietetic(More)
BACKGROUND Palliative radiotherapy (RT) is an effective treatment for symptomatic bone metastases. Pain flare, a transient worsening of the bone pain after RT, has been described in previous reports with different incidence rates. The aim of the study was to prospectively evaluate the incidence of pain flare following RT for painful bone metastases and(More)
The role of interleukin-2 (IL-2) on tumor growth of B16F10 melanoma cells was assessed in two sets of mice with different immune status: normal (immunocompetent) mice and immunodeficient mice. The two sets of animals were treated with cyclophosphamide (CY) or IL-2 alone or with a combined therapy of CY+IL-2. On days 6 and 10 after tumor cell injection, we(More)
Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common malignant tumour of the head and neck. The initial TNM staging, the evaluation of the tumour response during treatment, and the long-term surveillance are crucial moments in the approach to head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Thus, at each of these moments, the choice of the best diagnostic tool(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To demonstrate the feasibility, safety and effectiveness of dose escalation to intraprostatic lesions with MRI-transrectal ultrasound fusion High-Dose-Rate (HDR) brachytherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS 15 patients with intermediate-high risk prostate cancer and visible dominant intra-prostatic nodule on mpMRI have been treated. The(More)
Despite aggressive efforts to cure head and neck cancer patients, including altered fractionation and the addition of chemotherapy to radiation, locoregional recurrence remains a serious issue to face in clinical practice. Indeed, recurrent and second primary tumors occurring in previously irradiated area are common clinical challenge. Whenever possible,(More)
AIM To identify risk factors that influence weight loss in patients receiving radiotherapy. BACKGROUND It is a well-known fact that cancer patients can be affected by malnutrition at the onset of the disease and during treatment due to the toxicity. Pretreatment weight loss alone does not predict those who will need nutritional supplementation. Instead, a(More)
BACKGROUND Smartphones and tablets are new handheld devices always connected to an information source and capable of providing instant updates, they allow doctors to access the most updated information and provide decision support at the point of care. AIM The practice of radiation oncology has always been a discipline that relies on advanced technology.(More)