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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)
Most bone marrow transplantation preparative regimens use total body irradiation as one component. Recently, however, two non-total body irradiation containing autologous bone marrow transplantation preparative regimens have been evaluated in patients with lymphoid malignancies. The first regimen consisted of carmustine, etoposide, and cisplatin; some(More)
As the threshold nucleated cell dose for one-unit umbilical cord blood (UCB) in adults has not to date been firmly established, we prospectively compared one- vs two-unit UCB transplantation after reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) in adult patients with hematological malignancies. Study design specified one-UCB unit if the cryopreserved total nucleated(More)
While immune hemolysis due to donor isohemagglutinin (IH) production often complicates minor ABO incompatible peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), it is not known if this occurs with umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT). We compared IH production and hemolysis following minor ABO allogeneic PBSCT and UCBT. We reviewed 24(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)