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Bendamustine, active in multiple myeloma (MM), is a bifunctional mechlorethamine derivative with alkylating properties. Bortezomib, approved to treat MM, is effective in combination with alkylators. The tolerability and efficacy of bendamustine plus bortezomib in relapsed/refractory MM was assessed in an open-label, dose-escalating, phase I/II study.(More)
OBJECTIVE The effect of support, from dependable non-household relationships, on breast cancer progression was studied using a prospective, longitudinal design. METHODS Dependable social support was assessed in women with invasive breast carcinoma Stages II and III within 18 months after diagnosis. Disease outcome was monitored for 8 to 9 years. Cox(More)
PURPOSE Primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (PCBCL) has only recently been recognized as a distinct clinical entity. With the advent of improved immunophenotyping and immunogenotyping, increasing numbers of PCBCL cases are being diagnosed. However, there is much confusion regarding the classification, treatment, and prognosis of these patients. The purpose of(More)
PURPOSE Primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs) encompass a wide variety of lymphomas that are characterized by the localization of the malignant lymphocytes to the skin at presentation. Advances in molecular biologic techniques, including immunophenotyping and gene rearrangement studies to determine clonality, have led to more frequent diagnosis of CTCL(More)
To determine the prognostic significance of signet ring cells in infiltrating lobular carcinomas, the percentage of signet ring cells in 99 infiltrating lobular carcinomas was correlated with the patients' clinical outcomes (mean follow-up interval of 4.8 years). When the carcinomas were divided into those with 0%, 1-9%, and 10% or more signet ring cells,(More)
Although the mechanisms involved in the persistent clinical complications of sickle cell disease have not yet been fully delineated, previous studies suggest that sickle cell (HbSS) patients have a disposition to generate more thrombin and plasma in vivo than normal subjects. The reasons for the impaired regulation of haemostasis in HbSS patients is poorly(More)
This study was conducted to assess the efficacy and toxicity of intravenous (i.v.) ceftazidime and ciprofloxacin in neutropenic febrile patients undergoing high dose myeloablative therapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). All patients undergoing HSCT for leukaemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and solid tumours received open-label(More)
Autologous indium-111 platelet sequestration and survival studies were performed on 59 immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) patients, 21 of whom underwent splenectomy shortly thereafter. Sequestration patterns were primarily splenic in 46 patients, primarily hepatic in 6 patients, and both splenic and hepatic in 8 patients. The mean platelet survival(More)
Indium-111 oxine label erythrocytes are useful in scintigraphic studies of splenic function because of the high yield of gamma-photons [172(90%) and 247(94%) keV] of indium-111. However, the effects of indium-111 oxine on the structural and functional integrity of erythrocytes which might influence their reticulo-endothelial (RE) sequestration are unknown.(More)
The blood cells of patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) have abnormal interactions with complement. The activity of the alternative pathway C3 convertase on the platelets of 9 out of 19 patients with PNH was elevated. 10 patients had C3 convertase activity within the normal range even though 80-95% of their platelets lacked the complement(More)