Sasa Dimitrijevic

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PURPOSE Most gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) express constitutively activated mutant isoforms of KIT or kinase platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) that are potential therapeutic targets for imatinib mesylate. The relationship between mutations in these kinases and clinical response to imatinib was examined in a group of patients(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) are the most common form of mesenchymal tumour of the gastrointestinal tract. Clinically, they range from small indolent tumours curable with surgery alone to aggressive cancers. Making a distinction between an indolent and a malignant GIST is unreliable with conventional histopathological techniques. The presence of(More)
PURPOSE Everolimus is a selective mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor with promising anticancer activity. In order to identify a rationally based dose and schedule for cancer treatment, we have conducted a tumor pharmacodynamic phase I study in patients with advanced solid tumors. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifty-five patients were treated with(More)
BACKGROUND A small proportion of patients with chronic myeloproliferative diseases have constitutive activation of the gene for platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta (PDGFRB), which encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase. The gene is located on chromosome 5q33, and the activation is usually caused by a t(5;12)(q33;p13) translocation associated with an(More)
Previous studies have shown that activating mutations of c-KIT/PDGFRA, potential therapeutic targets for imatinib mesylate, are implicated in the pathophysiology of gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs). In this study, GISTs from 37 patients enrolled in an European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) phase I/II clinical study of(More)
Imatinib mesylate (Glivec, formerly STI571) is the first effective systemic treatment for gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs). Major changes in tumour volume, however, tend to occur late after the start of treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate if [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) can be used for the early(More)
PURPOSE To assess the incidence and radiographic and clinical presentation of pneumonitis associated with the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor everolimus in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective, centralized review of serial computed tomography scans and corresponding clinical data from patients(More)
Imatinib pharmacokinetics (PK) may be affected by a number of factors that are related to the disease being treated and to the response of that disease to imatinib. Patients in the phase I and phase II trials conducted by the EORTC in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) and other sarcomas had detailed blood sampling for imatinib PK on day(More)
Mutations of c-KIT causing spontaneous activation of the KIT receptor kinase are associated with sporadic adult human mastocytosis (SAHM) and with human gastrointestinal stromal tumors. We have classified KIT-activating mutations as either "enzymatic site" type (EST) mutations, affecting the structure of the catalytic portion of the kinase, or as(More)