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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)
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)
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)
This randomised phase II study was performed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of a weekly chemotherapy regimen in advanced prostatic carcinoma patients (stage D2) refractory to hormonal therapy. Seventy-two cases were studied: they were randomised in a 2:1 ratio to receive either epirubicin (30 mg m-2 weekly) or doxorubicin (25 mg m-2 weekly); 48(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)
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)
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)
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)
The dose limiting toxicity of oxaliplatin (l-HOP) is neurotoxicity, which is characterized by an acute neuropathy and a clinically distinct chronic neuropathy. This randomized study evaluated if prolonged l-HOP infusion over the conventional l-HOP schedule was useful in reducing acute and possibly chronic l-HOP induced neurotoxicity in colon and gastric(More)