Svetlana Kovel

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BACKGROUND Obesity, smoking, hypertension, and diabetes are risk factors for renal cell carcinoma development. Their presence has been associated with a worse outcome in various cancers. We sought to determine their association with outcome of sunitinib treatment in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). METHODS An international multicenter retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), an inflammation marker, is prognostic in several cancers. We assessed the association between the pretreatment NLR and outcome of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) treated with the CYP17 inhibitor ketoconazole. METHODS This was an international, retrospective study of(More)
OBJECTIVES To conduct a trial of neoadjuvant chemohormonal therapy and radical prostatectomy for patients with poor-prognosis localized prostate cancer (prostate-specific antigen [PSA] value 20 ng/mL or greater, Gleason score 8 or higher, and clinical stage T2c or greater), who are at high risk for local and systemic relapse. METHODS Complete androgen(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) 'flare' phenomenon in patients with androgen-independent prostate cancer (AIPC) treated with docetaxel, as flare is a known effect of androgen-deprivation therapy in hormone-dependent prostate cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS The charts of 56 patients who received docetaxel-based chemotherapy in three(More)
OBJECTIVES Management of castration-resistant prostate cancer after docetaxel has become an unmet need for which various agents have been investigated. We report our experience with a paclitaxel-based regimen. METHODS From February 2004 to November 2007, 15 patients (PTS) received paclitaxel 80 mg/m(2) weekly on day 1, carboplatin (AUC = 6) on day 1 every(More)
BACKGROUND The VEGFR/PDGFR inhibitor sunitinib was approved in Israel in 2008 for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC), based on an international trial. However, the efficacy of sunitinib treatment in Israeli mRCC patients has not been previously reported. OBJECTIVES To report the outcome and associated factors of sunitinib treatment in(More)
BACKGROUND Bisphosphonates are used to prevent skeletal events of bone metastases, and may exhibit antitumour effects. We aimed to evaluate whether bisphosphonates can bring a response rate (RR), progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) benefit to patients with bone metastasis from renal cell carcinoma (RCC) that is treated with sunitinib.(More)
BACKGROUND Cabazitaxel and AA have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use after docetaxel in mCRPC. Recently, CAB appeared to be active when given after AA. AA is capable of inducing AR splice variants that confer ligand-independent AR transactivation. Because microtubule-targeting agents impair AR nuclear transport and activity, we(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative chemoradiation as per Intergroup-0116 trial ("Macdonald regimen") is considered standard for completely resected high risk gastric cancer. However, many concerns remain with regards to the toxicity of this regimen. To evaluate the safety and tolerability of this regimen in a routine clinical practice setting, we analyzed our(More)
186 Background: Cabazitaxel (CAB) and abiraterone-acetate (AA) have been approved after docetaxel in castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Both exhibit hormonal effects. AA depletes androgen in microenvironment; taxanes affect the microtubule-dependent trafficking of the androgen receptor. Recently, clinical cross-resistance has been suggested(More)