Pierre S. J. G. Hupperets

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PURPOSE This phase III study compared docetaxel with mitomycin plus vinblastine (MV) in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) progressing despite previous anthracycline-containing chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients (n=392) were randomized to receive either docetaxel 100 mg/m2 intravenously (i.v.) every 3 weeks (n=203) or mitomycin 12 mg/m2(More)
BACKGROUND The use of high-dose adjuvant chemotherapy for high-risk primary breast cancer is controversial. We studied its efficacy in patients with 4 to 9 or 10 or more tumor-positive axillary lymph nodes. METHODS Patients younger than 56 years of age who had undergone surgery for breast cancer and who had no distant metastases were eligible if they had(More)
The proliferative activity of a tumour is considered to be an important prognostic factor in primary breast cancer. We have investigated the prognostic value of the MIB-1 labelling index in 341 patients with primary breast cancer and compared the results with the S-phase fraction in 220 patients of the same cohort. All patients were treated in one hospital(More)
BACKGROUND The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 24954 phase 3 randomized clinical trial compared 2 schemes of combined chemotherapy for patients with resectable cancers of the hypopharynx and larynx: sequential induction chemotherapy and radiotherapy versus alternating chemoradiotherapy. The current study reports detailed(More)
BACKGROUND Both induction chemotherapy followed by irradiation and concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been reported as valuable alternatives to total laryngectomy in patients with advanced larynx or hypopharynx cancer. We report results of the randomized phase 3 trial 24954 from the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer. (More)
The prognostic significance of steroid-receptor activity is still debatable. Discrepancies in results are probably attributable to few patients, heterogeneous patient populations, and short follow-up. We investigated the prognostic significance of estrogen- and progesterone-receptor (ER and PgR, respectively) activity as a continuous variable in a(More)
Several risk factors for the etiology of breastcancer have also been correlated with the prognosisof breast cancer. However, the published studies haveyielded conflicting results. Women under 71 years of age with stageI, II, or III breast cancer were eligiblefor inclusion in a clinical study. 866 patientswith breast cancer entered the study, of whom463 had(More)
PURPOSE Determine whether standard or high-dose chemotherapy leads to changes in fatigue, hemoglobin (Hb), mental health, muscle and joint pain, and menopausal status from pre- to post-treatment and to evaluate whether fatigue is associated with these factors in disease-free breast cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eight hundred eighty-five patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether frequent hospital follow-up in the first year after breast cancer treatment might partly be replaced by nurse-led telephone follow-up without deteriorating health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and whether a short educational group programme (EGP) would enhance HRQoL. PATIENTS AND METHODS A multicentre pragmatic(More)
BACKGROUND An economic evaluation was performed alongside a randomised controlled trial (ISRCTN 74071417) investigating the cost-effectiveness of nurse-led telephone follow-up instead of hospital visits, and of a short educational group programme (EGP) in the first year after breast cancer treatment. METHOD This economic evaluation (n = 299) compared the(More)