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PURPOSE The concomitant use of intravenous (IV) iron as a supplement to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents in patients with chemotherapy-induced anemia is controversial. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of darbepoetin alpha given with IV iron versus with local standard practice (oral iron or no iron). PATIENTS AND METHODS In this(More)
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a heterogeneous malignant condition of the breast with an excellent prognosis. Until recently mastectomy was the standard treatment. As the results of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project-17 trial and the introduction of the Van Nuys Prognostic Index (VNPI) less radical therapies are used. Objectives are(More)
BACKGROUND Docetaxel, ifosfamide and cisplatin have all shown activity in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). The optimal combination of the three drugs is, however, unknown. Considering the favorable results of taxane-containing triplets as induction chemotherapy in locally advanced (LA) SCCHN, DIP (docetaxel, ifosfamide, cisplatin) was(More)
Concomitant chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemoradiation; CRT) is the standard treatment for locoregionally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (LA-SCCHN). CRT improves local control and overall survival (OS) when compared to radiotherapy (RT) alone. Induction chemotherapy (IC) reduces the risk of distant metastases (DM) and improves OS(More)
The Van Nuys Prognostic Index 1996 (VNPI), based upon tumor size, pathological grade and tumor margins, is a guideline for the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). It was thought to strongly decrease overtreatment. In 2003, age was added to the index as a fourth prognostic factor. We examined changes in treatment modality after applying the VNPI(More)
PURPOSE Optimal management of breast ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is controversial, and many patients are still overtreated. The local death of myoepithelial cells (MECs) is believed to be a pre-requisite to tumor invasion. We thus hypothesized that loss of CD10 expression, a MEC surface peptidase, would signify basement membrane disruption and confer(More)
Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma or intravascular lymphomatosis (IVL) is an extremely rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The most common clinical sign is fever of unknown origin (FUO). Histologically, there is proliferation of malignant lymphoid cells within vascular lumina. Cytologically, the cells have features similar to those found in classical(More)
Metastatic cancer was previously treated with distinctive lines of chemotherapy regimens upon disease progression or toxicity, yet the choices of therapy are actually interrelated, with the selection of a first-line regimen in part determining the choices available for subsequent treatment. Lately the therapeutic approach based on separate lines of(More)
Trastuzumab was the first targeted therapy for HER2 positive breast cancer. It has become the standard of care for HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer since 2000 and in the adjuvant setting since 2006. Adjuvant it is given for a year and in patients with metastatic disease until progression. The standard mode of administration is intravenous. Recently a(More)
During the last decade neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) has moved from being reserved for elderly and frail non-chemotherapy candidates to a primary systemic modality in selected patients with hormone sensitive breast cancer. Neoadjuvant hormonal treatment in patients with hormone receptor positive, HER-2 negative early breast cancer is proven to be an(More)