Sergio Bertoglio

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Deep vein thrombosis of upper limb is a common complication of CVC in patients with cancer. In these patients the risk factors for CVC-related thrombosis are not completely defined. The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors for CVC-related thrombosis in patients included in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study aimed at(More)
PURPOSE The extent of venous thromboembolism (VTE) associated with central vein catheters (CVC) in cancer patients remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the low molecular weight heparin, enoxaparin, in the prevention of VTE. PATIENTS AND METHODS In a multicenter, double-blind study, consecutive cancer patients(More)
BACKGROUND Heparin solution is routinely used to maintain the patency of infusion devices. Literature supports the alternative use of normal saline solution for flushing and locking intravenous infusion devices especially for pediatric patients. There is uncertainty regarding safety and efficacy of this policy for intermittent locking of implanted ports. (More)
PURPOSE To assess the role of radioimmunoguided surgery (RIGS) using a handheld intraoperative gamma-detecting probe (GDP) to identify neoplastic disease after primary chemotherapy in locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) patients injected with iodine 125-labeled monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-one patients with histologically(More)
Radioimmunoguided surgery (RIGS) with radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) has been reported as useful in second-look colorectal cancer procedures to improve surgical decision-making by helping avoid needless extensive surgery and expanding curative resection to sites of recurrence that have been missed previously. Sixteen asymptomatic patients with(More)
Two non-metallic vascular access port systems, the Multipurpose Access Port (MPAP) and Miniport, developed by CORDIS S.A., France, have been evaluated clinically in 78 cancer patients. During the investigational period covering a total experience of 369 treatment cycles and 1,370 infusion days, no cases of infection or septicemia were observed. Serious(More)
Twenty-one patients with histologically proven locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) were treated with a combined modality approach based on primary chemotherapy and radical modified mastectomy followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. Surgery was performed by using radioimmunoguided surgery (RIGS) technique with the preoperative injection of Iodine-125 labeled(More)
BACKGROUND Modulation of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) by leucovorin (L-LV) in patients (pts) with advanced colorectal cancer has been demonstrated to produce a highly significant benefit over single-agent 5-FU in terms of tumor response rate, but this advantage does not translate into an evident improvement of overall survival. To improve the clinical efficacy of(More)
The status of axillary nodes is the most important prognostic factor in breast cancer to select patient subgroups for adjuvant chemotherapy; the current standard of care for surgical management of invasive breast cancer is complete removal of the tumor by either mastectomy or lumpectomy followed by axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). The recent(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Over the last decade, lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (sN) biopsy have greatly increased the possibility of identifying nodal metastasis in clinically node-negative patients with melanoma and breast cancer, thus improving the accuracy of pathologic staging. Recently, sN biopsy has been applied also in colorectal cancer.(More)