Tommaso Martino de Pas

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INTRODUCTION Assessment of EGFR mutation in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients is mandatory for optimization of pharmacologic treatment. In this respect, mutation analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) may be desirable since they may provide real-time information on patient's disease status. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Blood samples were collected(More)
In mammalian cells, the process of malignant transformation is characterized by the loss or down-regulation of tumor-suppressor genes and/or the mutation or overexpression of proto-oncogenes, whose products promote dysregulated proliferation of cells and extend their life span. Deregulation in intracellular transduction pathways generates mitogenic signals(More)
BACKGROUND Vatalanib (PTK787/ZK 222584) inhibits a few tyrosine kinases including KIT, platelet-derived growth factor receptors (PDGFRs) and vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs). We report efficacy and safety results of vatalanib in advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) resistant to imatinib or both imatinib and sunitinib. (More)
Sarcomas are a heterogeneous group of tumors with specific molecular characteristics and currently classified on the basis of their tissue of origin and histologic appearance. Except for epithelioid sarcoma, clear cell sarcoma, angiosarcoma and rhabdomyosarcoma, which may spread to regional lymph nodes, the other histotypes spread via the vascular system to(More)
An apparent causal association between crizotinib treatment and renal cyst development emerged during clinical trials in anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Serious adverse event (SAE) reports of renal cysts from a safety database of 1375 patients from four clinical trials were reviewed. A blinded, retrospective,(More)
The development of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is largely driven by mutations in the KIT and PDGFRα genes. Imatinib mesylate is an oral small molecular tyrosine kinase inhibitor that mainly targets abl, c-KIT, and PDGFRα. Imatinib achieves disease control in approximately 70%-85% of patients with advanced GIST, and the median progression-free(More)
BACKGROUND Classification of lung carcinoids into typical and atypical is a diagnostic challenge since no immunohistochemical tools are available to support pathologists in distinguishing between the two subtypes. A differential diagnosis is essential for clinicians to correctly discuss therapy, prognosis and follow-up with patients. Indeed, the distinction(More)
The management of aggressive fibromatosis (AF) is problematic, and few options are available to patients unsuitable for surgery and resistant to external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT). We report on two patients with fast-growing recurrences of AF resistant to EBRT who obtained protracted clinical benefits with (90)Y-DOTATOC. (90)Y-DOTATOC should be further(More)
We report the case of a man with an advanced nonkeratinizing squamous cell thymic carcinoma harboring c-KIT exon 13 missense mutation K642E. This aberration is rare and has never been described previously in patients with thymic cancers. It has been found in a small number of cases of gastrointestinal stromal tumor and also in several cases of acral and(More)
OBJECTIVE In a previous study, we found that patients who were offered the possibility of participation in a clinical trial had unexpressed concerns and fears that prevented them from making free or fully knowledgeable choices about their trial participation. In a selected population of patients who were offered participation in a phase I trial, we(More)