Stefania Zovato

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AIM This was a phase II study to assess the activity of a novel neoadjuvant regimen in locally-advanced breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifty patients with histological confirmation of locally advanced breast cancer received treatment with gemcitabine 1000 mg/m(2) (day 1) followed by gemcitabine 800 mg/m(2) plus docetaxel 75 mg/m(2) plus pegylated(More)
BACKGROUND Over the years, doxorubicin and gemcitabine have been among the most widely used drugs for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), with relative efficacy. The authors report the results of a phase 2 study of the combination of gemcitabine plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin. METHODS Patients with advanced HCC received combination chemotherapy with(More)
The dexamethasone suppression test (DST) is considered an indicator of the function of the adrenal pituitary axis. The effect of the steroid is mediated by its binding to corticosteroid receptors. We previously suggested that the measurement of corticosteroid receptors in lymphocytes is an index of an analogous pattern in brain. In the present study,(More)
We have measured plasma aldosterone, plasma cortisol, and glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid receptors in mononuclear leukocytes in 54 healthy aged subjects (60-97 years old) and in a group of 21 controls (21-50 years old). In addition all parameters and age were plotted for correlation. Plasma cortisol was significantly higher in the aged group (346 +/-(More)
BACKGROUND There is pre-clinical evidence of synergism between cisplatin (P) and temozolomide (T) due to higher inhibition by T of O6-alkyl-guanine-alkyltransferase (AGAT), an enzyme involved in the mismatch repair system. T and P are active against malignant gliomas while thalidomide (TH) is emerging as an inhibitor of angiogenesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Advanced biliary tract cancers have a poor prognosis. Gemcitabine (G) as a single agent or in combination represents an active treatment option. Systemic chemotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma represents a palliative treatment. Gemcitabine in combination with Liposomal Doxorubicin (LD) may represent an active treatment option. PATIENTS AND(More)
Paragangliomas (PGLs) are neuroendocrine tum-ors that arise embryologically from the neural crest. Sympathetic PGLs can be located in the thoracic-abdominal region while parasympathetic PGLs are mainly situated in the head and neck region. Most PGLs are sporadic, but in 30% of cases they are hereditary (associated with mutations of SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, SDHAF2,(More)
von Hippel–Lindau (VHL) is a rare hereditary condition caused by germline alteration of VHL gene predisposing to renal carcinoma and multiple other tumors. Since acquired dysregulation of VHL-dependent pathways is often present in patients with sporadic RCC treated with the anti-angiogenic drug sunitinib, there is a strong rationale to use the same drug in(More)
Prevalence of symptomatic central nervous system (CNS) metastases among patients with breast cancer ranges from 5% to 16%, although autoptic studies have reported prevalence rates of up to 30%. Solid brain tumours are the most common presentation in the CNS (85–95%), and they tend to arise at the grey–white matter junction with a distribution that is(More)
The pathogenesis of pseudohyperaldosteronism from licorice has been evaluated in 6 male volunteers taking daily 7 g of a commercial preparation of licorice for 7 days, corresponding to an intake of 500 mg/day of glycyrrhizic acid. Pseudohyperaldosteronism was evident during the treatment (increase of body weight, suppression of plasma renin activity and(More)