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PURPOSE A novel regimen designed to maximize antileukemia activity of carboplatin through inhibiting repair of platinum-DNA adducts was conducted in poor prognosis, acute leukemia patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients received fludarabine (10 to 15 mg/m(2) x 5 days), carboplatin (area under the curve 10 to 12 by continuous infusion over 5 days), followed(More)
The 20 x 10(9) /L threshold for prophylactic platelet transfusion may be unnecessarily high. Few prospective studies, however, in which other trigger values were tested have been published. In this study all hospitalized, thrombocytopenic adult hematology-oncology patients in our institution were prospectively evaluated daily for hemorrhage and platelet(More)
BACKGROUND Peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPCs) rather than bone marrow are used increasingly to provide hematologic reconstitution when transfused after marrow-ablative chemotherapy. PBPCs often are collected via central venous catheters that have remained in place for long periods of time and that may become infected. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The(More)
We retrospectively compared the utility of a fungal isolation device (Isolator) versus conventional techniques for recovering fungal organisms from blood cultures obtained from neutropenic cancer patients. Positive cultures were deemed true pathogens, possible pathogens, or contaminants according to laboratory and clinical criteria. Fifty-three patients had(More)
We reviewed our upper endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy, EGD) experience in a group of 65 consecutive patients receiving carmustine (BCNU) 600 mg/m2, cisplatin 200 mg/m2, VP-16 2400 mg/m2, and autologous bone marrow transplantation (BMT) for relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease. Forty-one patients (33 with chest(More)
Despite its potential to cause myocardial damage, high-dose CY in doses up to 200 mg/kg is an integral part of preparative regimens for BMT. Conventional tests, such as an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram, have lacked sensitivity in prediction of cardiotoxicity in this patient population. We prospectively compared serial electrocardiograms and positron(More)
We critically reviewed published English language literature and concluded that from 1998 onward the survival of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (SCT) patients who experienced intensive care unit (ICU) transfer has improved. The factors associated with increased mortality during ICU stay included increased patient age, allogeneic transplant,(More)
Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of nosocomial diarrhea in the United States and Europe, and is a cause of significant morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. A newly identified epidemic strain has been associated with many hospital outbreaks of C. difficile-associated disease (CDAD), raising the concern of an escalating burden of(More)
Over a 10-year period (January 1993 to October 2002), 101 relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients were treated at our center with high-dose chemotherapy and autologous transplantation. The median patient age was 54 years (range, 25-70 years). Thirty-two patients had indolent (low-grade), 42 had aggressive (intermediate-grade), and 27 had very(More)