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Stress can alter immunological, neurochemical and endocrinological functions, but its role in cancer progression is not well understood. Here, we show that chronic behavioral stress results in higher levels of tissue catecholamines, greater tumor burden and more invasive growth of ovarian carcinoma cells in an orthotopic mouse model. These effects are(More)
OBJECTIVE Adjuvant radiotherapy improves local control but not survival in women with endometrial cancer. This benefit was shown in staged patients with "high intermediate risk" (HIR) disease. Other studies have challenged the need for systematic staging including lymphadenectomy. We sought to determine whether LVSI alone or in combination with other(More)
PURPOSE EphA2 (epithelial cell kinase) is a transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase that has been implicated in oncogenesis. There are no published data regarding the role of EphA2 in ovarian carcinoma, which is the focus of the present study. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Nontransformed (HIO-180) and ovarian cancer (EG, 222, SKOV3, and A2780-PAR) cell lines were(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of body mass index (BMI) on treatment outcomes for patients with locally advanced cervical carcinoma who receive definitive chemoradiation is unclear. METHODS The cohort in this study included all patients with cervical carcinoma (n = 404) who had stage IB(1) disease and positive lymph nodes or stage ≥IB(2) disease and received(More)
BACKGROUND Sleep disturbance is a common clinical complaint of oncology patients and contributes to substantial morbidity. However, because most sleep studies have been cross-sectional, associations between sleep quality and distress in patients with ovarian cancer over time remain unclear. This prospective longitudinal study examined rates of sleep(More)
Metronomic chemotherapy is the frequent administration of low doses of chemotherapeutic agents targeting tumor-associated endothelial cells. We examined the efficacy of metronomic taxanes alone and in combination with AEE788-a dual epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) inhibitor-in an orthotopic(More)
PURPOSE We determined whether the administration of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, AEE788, which targets the epidermal growth factor receptor and the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, alone or in combination with paclitaxel, can inhibit progressive growth of human ovarian carcinoma in the peritoneal cavity of female nude mice. EXPERIMENTAL(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated the activity and safety of the combination of topotecan, cisplatin and bevacizumab in patients with recurrent or persistent carcinoma of the cervix. METHODS Eligible patients had persistent or recurrent cervical cancer not amenable to curative intent treatment. No prior chemotherapy for recurrence was allowed. Treatment consisted of(More)
PURPOSE There is growing evidence that stress and other behavioral factors may affect cancer progression and patient survival. The underlying mechanisms for this association are poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of stress-associated hormones norepinephrine, epinephrine, and cortisol on the invasive potential of ovarian(More)
Behavioral processes have long been suspected to influence many health processes including effects on cancer. However, mechanisms underlying these observations are not fully understood. Recent work has demonstrated that chronic behavioral stress results in higher levels of tissue catecholamines, greater tumor burden, and a more invasive pattern of ovarian(More)