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Forty-two evaluable endomyocardial biopsies were obtained from 29 patients treated with epirubicin, the 4'-epimer of doxorubicin in cumulative doses ranging from 147 mg/m2 to 888 mg/m2. In this study of the Northern California Oncology Group, myofibrillar loss and sarcoplasmic vacuolization were identified and shown to be identical to those previously(More)
Eighty patients with recurrent squamous cell cancer of the head and neck were randomized to cisplatin (80 mg/m2) every 3 weeks or cisplatin plus weekly methotrexate (250 mg/m2) with leucovorin. The overall response rate to cisplatin was 18%, with 10% complete responses. The overall response to the combination was 33% with 18% complete responses (P = 0.11).(More)
The mouse, dog, and monkey toxicity data on 30 drugs was retrospectively analyzed in comparison with the actual clinical dose schedules used in man. Animal dose schedules were converted to the human schedule and comparisons were made of the human dose versus the large animal toxic dose low, toxic dose high, and lethal dose, the lethal doses for 10% and 90%(More)
Between 1978 and 1984, the Northern California Oncology Group (NCOG) conducted a randomized trial to study the efficacy of combined radiotherapy (RT) and chemotherapy (CT) for stage III or IV inoperable head and neck cancer. One hundred four patients were randomized to receive: (1) RT alone, or (2) RT plus CT. RT consisted of 7,000 cGy to the involved areas(More)
The existing literature data base on carboplatin updated to June, 1985 has been reviewed. The compound seems to retain the same spectrum of activity as cisplatin, and a definite set of efficacy data is available for ovarian cancer of epithelial origin, small cell carcinoma of the lung and epidermoid carcinoma of the head and neck. A yet unpublished toxicity(More)
Endomyocardial biopsy was done 119 times in 98 patients receiving doxorubicin therapy once every 3 weeks and 41 times in 27 patients receiving doxorubicin therapy weekly. Factors contributing to the degree of anthracycline-induced endomyocardial injury were evaluated. Neither age, sex, type of malignancy, concomitant use of other chemotherapeutic agents(More)