Rabab Mohamed Gaafar

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The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC; protocol 08031) phase II trial investigated the feasibility of trimodality therapy consisting of induction chemotherapy followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy and post-operative radiotherapy in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (with a severity of cT3N1M0 or less). Induction(More)
BACKGROUND EORTC study 08021/ILCP 01/03 evaluated the role of consolidation gefitinib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), administered in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), not progressing following standard 1st-line chemotherapy. METHODS Patients with advanced NSCLC, not-progressing after four cycles of platinum-based(More)
PURPOSE To compare the therapeutic efficacy of paclitaxel plus cisplatin (arm A) versus gemcitabine plus cisplatin (arm B) and arm A versus paclitaxel plus gemcitabine (arm C) in chemotherapy-naive patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients were randomly assigned to receive either paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 (3-hour(More)
PURPOSE We conducted a phase III trial to determine whether first-line treatment with raltitrexed, a thymidine synthase inhibitor, and cisplatin results in superior outcome compared with cisplatin alone in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). PATIENTS AND METHODS Eligible patients with histologically proven advanced MPM, not pretreated with(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this prognostic factor analysis was to investigate if a patient's self-reported health-related quality of life (HRQOL) provided independent prognostic information for survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Pretreatment HRQOL was measured in 391 advanced NSCLC patients using the EORTC QLQ-C30 and(More)
In sugar beet ( Beta vulgaris L.), early bolting is caused by a single dominant gene, designated B. Twenty AFLP markers selected from a 7.8-cM segment of the B region on chromosome 2 were used to screen a YAC library, and a first-generation physical map including the B gene, made up of 11 YACs, was established. Because the genome coverage of the YAC(More)
Our objective was to evaluate gefitinib (IRESSA), an epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, versus docetaxel as second-line monotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). SIGN (Second-line Indication of Gefitinib in NSCLC; code 1839IL/0503) was a multicenter, randomized, parallel-group, open-label, phase II trial that(More)
BACKGROUND Vorinostat is a histone deacetylase inhibitor that changes gene expression and protein activity. On the basis of the clinical benefit reported in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma treated in a phase 1 study of vorinostat, we designed this phase 3 trial to investigate whether vorinostat given as a second-line or third-line therapy(More)
PURPOSE Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare disease. Unlike other advanced cancer types, little is known about patient-reported symptoms or health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and their possible prognostic value. This study reports an evaluation of the prognostic value of these factors using data gathered from a recent randomized controlled(More)
Maintenance therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) aims to extend disease control after first-line chemotherapy with active and well-tolerated agents. The utility of continuation maintenance therapy requires further research. This multicenter, randomized, phase 2 study compared continuation maintenance therapy with pemetrexed (500 mg/m2 every 21(More)