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PURPOSE To determine the absolute and relative value of microvessel density (MVD), p53 and c-erbB-2 protein expression, peritumoral lymphatic vessel invasion (PLVI), and conventional prognosticators in predicting relapse-free (RFS) and overall survival (OS) rates in patients with node-negative breast carcinoma (NNBC). PATIENTS AND METHODS We monitored 254(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy of Gamma Knife (GK) radiosurgery in terms of neurologic improvement and tumor growth control (TGC) in a large series of patients with cavernous sinus meningioma (CSM). METHODS AND MATERIALS One hundred thirty-eight patients with CSM (28 males, 110 females; mean age: 56.2 years) were treated with GK between February 1993(More)
BACKGROUND This phase I study was aimed at defining the toxicity profile and pathological response rate of a neoadjuvant schedule including weekly docetaxel and cisplatin, protracted venous infusion (PVI) of 5-FU and concomitant radiotherapy (RT) in locally advanced esophageal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS The schedule consisted of a first phase of(More)
The type I growth factor receptor family has been found to play an important role in the control of normal growth and differentiation. Moreover, the epidermal growth factor receptor and the c-erbB-2 oncogene seem to be implicated in the pathogenesis and behaviour of several cancers, including breast cancer. c-erbB-3 is a new member of the type I receptor(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the pattern of care and outcomes for newly diagnosed glioblastoma in Italy and compare our results with the previous Italian Patterns of Care study to determine whether significant changes occurred in clinical practice during the past 10 years. METHODS Clinical, pathological, therapeutic, and survival data regarding 1059 patients(More)
Squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck includes a heterogeneous group of tumours of the upper air and food passages for which prognosis is difficult to assess. In fact, patients in comparable stages may have diverse clinical courses and responses to similar treatments. In order to better define the prognosis of each patient there is therefore a need(More)
PURPOSE We performed a new phase II trial enrolling patients with newly diagnosed high-grade glioma (HGG) to test the efficacy of a weekly alternating temozolomide (TMZ) schedule after surgery and concomitant chemoradiotherapy. METHODS From January 2005 to January 2007, 34 patients (21 men, 13 women; age range 30-70, mean age 53) were enrolled. There were(More)
PURPOSE Adjuvant pelvic radiotherapy after radical surgery for rectal cancer may produce several side-effects (mainly gastrointestinal) capable of affecting patient lifestyle. This prospective study evaluated by means of a diary card the toxicity and daily changes in the quality of life of patients with rectal cancer treated with postoperative pelvic(More)
PURPOSE To compare the epidemiologic, morphologic, and clinical characteristics of 92 children/adolescents (Group A) and 362 adults (Group B) with cerebral arteriovenous malformations (cAVMs) considered suitable for radiosurgery; to correlate radiosurgery-related permanent complication and post-radiosurgery bleeding rates in the 75 children/adolescents and(More)