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Elevated pretransplant serum ferritin levels have been associated with an increased incidence of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). We studied 222 patients who underwent myeloablative allogeneic HCT in whom pretransplantation serum ferritin levels were available. Pretransplantation ferritin > 1910(More)
Elevated serum ferritin is associated with reduced survival following allogeneic transplantation and an increased risk of toxic and infectious complications after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ASCT). We studied 315 patients who underwent ASCT for Hodgkin (HL) or non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) at our institution in whom pretransplantation(More)
For patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a treatment option when autologous HSCT fails to achieve durable remission or is deemed inappropriate. Allogeneic HSCT can result in long-term survival even in patients with refractory lymphomas. The efficacy of(More)
Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) with cyclophosphamide, etoposide and oral busulfan (BuCyVP) is an effective therapy for relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Substituting intravenous for oral busulfan reduces variability in drug exposure, potentially improving the safety and efficacy of the BuCyVP regimen. We retrospectively(More)
BACKGROUND Needle localization and excision have been the preferred techniques for treating nonpalpable mammographic abnormalities. Recently, a less invasive approach, using the Advanced Breast Biopsy Instrumentation (ABBI) system, was introduced. This study was undertaken to determine the feasibility, utility, and cost of this new alternative approach. (More)
Patient readmission within 30 days from discharge has been perceived by the Centers for Medicare and Medical Services as an indicator of poor healthcare quality for specific high-cost medical conditions. Patients who undergo allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) are often being readmitted. Our study identified the risk factors for 30-day(More)
Because natural killer (NK) cells can be potent anti-tumor effectors after allogeneic stem cell transplantation, we investigated NK reconstitution and receptor expression in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, focusing on the activating receptors that trigger anti-tumor responses. We determined that NK levels in the(More)
PURPOSE Morbidity from acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) limits the success of allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) to treat malignancy. Interleukin-7 (IL-7), the principal homeostatic cytokine for T cells, is required for acute GVHD in murine models. In contrast to inflammatory cytokines (eg, IL-2, tumor necrosis factor alpha),(More)
PURPOSE Allogeneic T lymphocytes can induce regression of metastatic breast cancer through an immune-mediated graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effect in murine models. To determine if a clinical GVT effect exists against metastatic breast cancer, allogeneic lymphocytes were used as adoptive cellular therapy after a reduced-intensity chemotherapy conditioning(More)
BACKGROUND Chemotherapy sensitivity, defined simply as at least a partial response to chemotherapy, is an important outcome predictor for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients undergoing reduced-intensity allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HCT). The authors hypothesized that further differentiation of chemotherapy sensitivity by specific(More)