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PURPOSE In the treatment of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma, different doses of (131)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine ((131)I-MIBG) are administered at different time points during treatment. Toxicity, mainly haematological (thrombocytopenia), from (131)I-MIBG therapy is known to occur in extensively chemotherapy pretreated neuroblastoma patients. Up to now,(More)
Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) is a key regulator of cell signaling induced by cytokines or Fc receptor engagement. However, the role of Syk in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not known yet. We investigated the pathways activated by Syk in tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha)-stimulated fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) using the novel Syk inhibitor(More)
BACKGROUND Venous thrombo-embolic events (VTEs) occur in 2.2% to 14% of paediatric cancer patients and cause significant morbidity and mortality. The malignant disease itself, the cancer treatment and the presence of central venous catheters (CVCs) increase the risk of VTE. OBJECTIVES The primary objective of this review was to investigate the effects of(More)
PURPOSE In patients with localised neuroblastoma without adverse genetic aberrations, observational treatment is justified. Therapy is required when organ or respiratory functions have become compromised. As the outcome is good, side effects of treatment should be prevented. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate response and outcome in(More)
BACKGROUND The risk of developing a tunnelled central venous catheter (CVC)-related infection ranges between 0.1 and 2.3 per 1000 catheter days for children with cancer. These infections are difficult to treat with systemic antibiotics (salvage rate 24% - 66%) due to biofilm formation in the CVC. Lock treatments can achieve 100 - 1000 times higher(More)
BACKGROUND Radiotherapy is a well-known cause of adverse events (AEs). To reduce AEs, an innovative local treatment was developed in Amsterdam: Ablative surgery, MOuld brachytherapy and surgical REconstruction (AMORE). AIMS (1) to determine the prevalence of AEs in HNRMS survivors and (2) to compare AEs between survivors treated with the international(More)
Treatment protocols in pediatric oncology have historically known high accrual rates, up to 94 %. Accrual for supportive care studies on the other hand appears to be a challenge. The aim of this study was to search for reasons explaining this poor accrual and for possible interventions to improve patient enrolment. The failure screen log of our supportive(More)
The Ablative surgery, MOulage brachytherapy and REconstruction) (AMORE) protocol developed in the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam has been used successfully to treat sarcomas. The use of endoscopic surgery fits well within this framework. A 6-year-old boy presented with Ewing Sarcoma of left ethmoid sinus closest to orbit. The patient underwent(More)
PURPOSE To investigate (a) interobserver variability for three-dimensional (3D) (based on European Pediatric Soft-Tissue Sarcoma Study Group [EpSSG] guidelines) and one-dimensional (1D) (based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors [RECIST]) response assessments, (b) intermethod variability between EpSSG guidelines and RECIST, and (c) clinically(More)
BACKGROUND The prevention of central venous catheter (CVC) associated bloodstream infections (CABSIs) in paediatric oncology patients is essential. Ethanol locks can eliminate pathogens colonising CVCs and microbial resistance is rare. Aim of this study was to determine whether two hour 70% ethanol locks can reduce CABSI in paediatric oncology patients. (More)