Romina Longo

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To evaluate the efficacy of different types of surgery, we performed a prospective, randomized trial in 31 consecutively hospitalized patients with sigmoid volvulus. These patients represented 8 percent of 377 cases of emergency surgery. At the time of surgery, the patients were divided into two groups according to the absence (Group A) or presence (Group(More)
BACKGROUND Recent prospective and randomized studies have demonstrated that laparoscopy is better than laparotomy in the treatment of benign adnexal masses. The aim of this study is to analyse the perioperative outcomes of laparoscopy and minilaparotomy in these patients, in a prospective and randomized manner. METHODS Between January 2003 and August(More)
BACKGROUND Considering the enormous advantages of minimally invasive surgery, attempts to explore less invasive trans-abdominal incisions could represent an alternative to laparoscopic gynecologic surgery. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and clinical outcome of minilaparotomy in a large series of patients. METHODS In this retrospective(More)
OBJECTIVE Our objective was to determine whether minilaparotomy could be a safe and feasible approach for the surgical treatment of early endometrial cancer patients and whether it could be considered a valid alternative to the laparoscopic treatment. METHODS A pilot study of 50 consecutive patients with FIGO stage I-IV endometrial cancer undergoing(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate in cervical cancer patients the impact of pre-treatment laparoscopic staging on treatment plan and disease free survival. METHODS A review of the present literature has been performed and data have been compared to results obtained in a large series of patients not surgically staged. RESULTS Among 134 abstracts resulting from(More)
OBJECTIVE The prognosis in T3-T4 or N+ gastric cancer is dismal, and the role of adjuvant therapy remains uncertain. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy could improve both resectability and survival. Here, we report the results of the long-term follow-up of a pilot study aimed at evaluating a neoadjuvant treatment in a group of patients carefully staged by computed(More)
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the main drug used in the treatment of advanced gastric cancer. Combination chemotherapy is not always superior to 5-FU alone, especially when biomodulators are also administered. In an attempt to exploit all the cytotoxic mechanisms of 5-FU, we carried out a pilot study with a double route of administration of 5-FU (intravenous(More)
OBJECTIVE In this phase I-II study we explored the potential of the combination of weekly gemcitabine (GEM) and 24-hour continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in order to determine the toxicity profile in pancreatic cancer. The efficacy of this drug combination was studied as a secondary endpoint. METHODS Twenty-one patients with histologically or(More)
ARCTIC was a multicenter, randomized-controlled, open, phase IIB non-inferiority trial in previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Conventional frontline therapy in fit patients is fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR). The trial hypothesized that including mitoxantrone with low-dose rituximab (FCM-miniR) would be non-inferior to(More)
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