Roberto Petrioli

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Recent studies have shown that administering the aromatase inhibitor exemestane after 2-3 years of tamoxifen therapy significantly improves disease-free survival in postmenopausal women with primary breast cancer in comparison with standard 5-year tamoxifen treatment. Although many of the adverse effects associated with exemestane and tamoxifen have been(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Colon cancer is one of the major health problems in industrialized countries, and its incidence appears to be increasing. Surgical resectability is the most important prognostic determinant, although despite apparently curative surgery, recurrent tumors are common. Metastatic disease cannot be cured, and thus, there is a need for better(More)
Recently the third generation aromatase inhibitors have proved their efficacy and tolerability compared with tamoxifen in the adjuvant treatment of women with hormone responsive early breast cancer. However, there is some concern about the possible negative impact of these drugs on bone. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of the steroidal(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the early effects of zoledronic acid (ZOL) and oral ibandronate (IBA) on the bone resorption marker s-CTX (serum C-telopeptide of collagen type I) and the bone formation marker B-ALP (bone-alkaline phosphatase) in patients with bone metastases from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Fifty-five patients with at least one(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a new regimen that combines weekly docetaxel and weekly epirubicin for the treatment of advanced hormone-refractory prostate cancer. METHODS Docetaxel 30 mg/m2 and epirubicin 30 mg/m2 were intravenously administered on a weekly basis, for a maximum of 24 cycles. The therapy was discontinued after the first(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the outcomes of cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC in patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis from ovarian cancer. METHODS Fifty-three patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis from primary (45 cases) and recurrent (8 cases) ovarian cancer were previously treated by systemic chemotherapy with platinum and taxanes and then submitted to(More)
Previous results suggest that GEM affects 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) metabolism and pharmacokinetics in cancer patients, while combined with oxaliplatin, levo-folinic acid, and 5-FU (GOLF regimen), at doses achievable in cancer patients, determines high cytotoxic and proapoptotic antitumour activity in colon cancer cells in vitro. On these bases we designed a(More)
A number of recent clinical trials testing the combination of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and gemcitabine in patients with advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma have shown a significant clinical response rate, but also significant toxicity. As the two antimetabolites may interact at several biochemical levels along their pathways of activation, we investigated(More)
A total of 44 women with advanced breast cancer who had failed first-and second-line chemotherapy were given combination chemotherapy consisting of folinic acid (FA), 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and mitomycin C (MMC). The treatment schedule was: 200 mg/m2 FA and 400 mg/m2 5-FU given i.v. over 2 h for 5 days plus 5 mg/m2 MMC given i.v. on days 3–5; in 19 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Oophorectomy is one of the treatments of choice for premenopausal women with advanced breast cancer. However, in recent years LH-RH analogs have replaced surgical castration (or ovarian irradiation) on the basis of the comparable therapeutic activity shown by these drugs in phase II studies. Moreover, the combination of tamoxifen and LH-RH(More)