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PURPOSE To evaluate efficacy and safety of epirubicin and cyclophosphamide followed by paclitaxel and trastuzumab as neoadjuvant treatment in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-overexpressing breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with centrally confirmed HER2-overexpressing breast cancer (≥ 2 cm or inflammatory) received(More)
AIM Final 10-year analysis of the prospective randomised Chemo-N0 trial is presented. Based on the Chemo-N0 interim results and an European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) pooled analysis (n=8377), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Onkologie (AGO) guidelines recommend invasion and(More)
BACKGROUND Preoperative chemotherapy is a recommended treatment of both primary operable and locally advanced breast cancer. Strategies to improve efficacy include the use of anthracyclines, taxanes, and intensified dose with bone marrow support. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients received neoadjuvant epirubicin 90 mg/m(2) plus cyclophosphamide 600 mg/m(2)(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to compare the effect of dose-intensified neoadjuvant chemotherapy with that of standard epirubicin plus cyclophosphamide followed by paclitaxel in combination with or without darbepoetin on survival in primary breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 733 patients received either four cycles of neoadjuvant(More)
BACKGROUND Pretreatment cognitive impairment in cancer patients is well established but unexplained. Similar cognitive compromise has been observed in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients, and PTSD symptoms are a frequent concomitant of cancer diagnosis. We tested the hypothesis that pretreatment cognitive impairment is attributable to(More)
PURPOSE The West German Study Group (WSG) Breast Cancer Intrinsic Subtype (BCIST) study was designed to assess the influence of Prosigna gene signature assay results on physicians' adjuvant treatment recommendations by determining the extent of change in pre-test treatment recommendations following assay results. Secondary objectives were to assess the(More)
OBJECTIVE There is ongoing debate whether cancer qualifies as traumatic stressor. We investigated prevalence and course of posttraumatic stress in patients with early breast cancer (BC) during their first year after diagnosis and determined effects of mastectomy and chemotherapy. METHODS Patients with stage 0-III BC aged ≤65 years were evaluated with the(More)
PURPOSE Ertumaxomab is an intact bispecific antibody targeting HER2/neu and CD3 with selective binding to activatory Fcgamma type I/III receptors, resulting in the formation of a tri-cell complex between tumor cells, T cells, and accessory cells. Patients with metastatic breast cancer were enrolled into a multicenter phase I dose-escalating trial. (More)
Worldwide, more individuals have iron deficiency than any other health problem. Most of those affected are unaware of their lack of iron, in part because detection of iron deficiency has required a blood sample. Here we report a non-invasive method to optically measure an established indicator of iron status, red blood cell zinc protoporphyrin, in the(More)
Information about fetal and maternal outcome in pregnant women with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is rare and in part contradictory. The purpose of this study is to review published literature about MCTD in pregnancy in the context of a rare case of peripartum bilateral uterine rupture in a patient with MCTD with favorable outcome for the severely(More)