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BACKGROUND Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare but fatal tumour. Although most MPM patients show pleural effusion at even the early stage, it is hard to diagnose as MPM at the early stage because a sensitive and reliable diagnostic marker for MPM has not been found in plasma or pleural effusion. METHODS In this study, we investigated whether(More)
We attempted to characterize the motivation, comprehension and expectations of patients who had given informed consent to participate in phase I trials of anti-cancer agents at the National Cancer Center of Japan. Thirty-three patients were given a simple multiple-choice questionnaire and asked to return it at a later date. The completed survey was returned(More)
To determine the maximum-tolerated doses (MTDs), the dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) and the recommended doses for further trials of docetaxel in combination with a 5-day continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in advanced or recurrent breast cancer patients who had been treated previously with at least one chemotherapeutic regimen, patients were(More)
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