Suzanne T. Berlin

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BACKGROUND Hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) to chemotherapeutic drugs, including mAbs, often require that the provoking medication be discontinued, thus raising a dilemma for the caregiver: further use could precipitate a severe, even fatal, allergic reaction on re-exposure, but alternative drugs might be poorly tolerated or much less effective compared(More)
PURPOSE Angiogenesis is important for epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) growth, and blocking angiogenesis can lead to EOC regression. Cediranib is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) -1, VEGFR-2, VEGFR-3, and c-kit. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a phase II study of cediranib for recurrent EOC or(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Hypertension and proteinuria are common but poorly understood renal toxicities of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor signaling pathway inhibitors. In this phase II study of cediranib (AZD2171) for recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer, the time course and severity of BP changes and proteinuria were characterized. (More)
PURPOSE More efficacious, less toxic combinations are needed to treat platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Pemetrexed is a multitargeted antifolate with manageable toxicity and has been combined with carboplatin to treat other cancers. PATIENTS AND METHODS This is a phase II study of carboplatin area under the curve 5 with(More)
OBJECTIVE Ovarian cancer is a highly angiogenic tumor and a model for antiangiogenic research. The tyrosine kinase receptor inhibitors target several receptors allowing for the pharmacological disruption of several independent pathways. Sunitinib malate is a multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor. A phase II study utilizing a modified dosing schedule was(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal approach to patients with hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) to taxanes has not been established. OBJECTIVE We sought to assess the safety and efficacy of risk stratification based on the severity of the initial HSR and skin testing for guiding taxane reintroduction in patients with an HSR to these agents. METHODS Data on 164(More)
5020 Background: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a major promoter of tumor angiogenesis. Bevacizumab is a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody that neutralizes VEGF and is active in several tumor types, including epithelial ovarian cancer. METHODS We are conducting a phase II trial of carboplatin, paclitaxel and bevacizumab (CPB) in(More)
BACKGROUND Rapid drug desensitization (RDD) is used to address hypersensitivity reactions to chemotherapeutics and monoclonal antibodies, allowing patients to be treated with optimal pharmacological agents. RDD protocols are tailored to each individual patient's reaction and needs, and protect against anaphylaxis, but overall risks, costs, and benefits have(More)
The purpose of this article is to illustrate the imaging findings of typical and atypical metastatic sites of recurrent endometrial carcinoma. Typical sites include local pelvic recurrence, pelvic and para-aortic nodes, peritoneum, and lungs. Atypical sites include extra-abdominal lymph nodes, liver, adrenals, brain, bones and soft tissue. It is important(More)
PURPOSE New strategies are needed to improve outcomes for patients with advanced ovarian cancer. Bevacizumab is a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody that neutralizes vascular endothelial growth factor but is associated with GI perforations (GIPs) in patients with recurrent disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS An open-label, phase II clinical trial was(More)