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PURPOSE It has been shown that the R497K polymorphism of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has attenuated functions in ligand binding, tyrosine kinase activation, and growth stimulation. Because the activation of EGFR results in an unfavorable prognosis of patients with colorectal carcinoma, a pilot study was conducted to assess the influence of(More)
BACKGROUND Thyroid disorders have long been associated with psychiatric illness, often with symptoms suggestive of mood disorders. The most common clinical features associated with hyperthyroidism are anxiety and depression. The risk of bipolar disorders, especially bipolar mania, among patients with thyroid disorders has not been well characterized. (More)
PURPOSE Nucleotide excision repair (NER) modulates platinum-based chemotherapeutic efficacy by removing drug-produced DNA damage. To summarize published data on the association between polymorphisms of NER genes (ERCC1 and ERCC2) and responses to oxaliplatin-based chemotherapies, we carried out a meta-analysis of gastric and colorectal cancer for commonly(More)
Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) is a soluble decoy receptor belonging to the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily, and its expression is not only up-regulated in cancer cells derived from various cell lineages, but also correlates with overall survival of patients with cancer. It has been shown that DcR3 sensitize cells of hematopoietic origin to(More)
BACKGROUND This open-label pilot study is aimed to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of the antidepressant duloxetine, which is effective for diabetic neuropathic pain, in the treatment of chronic oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy (OIPN). METHODS We enrolled a total of 39 patients with stage III or IV colorectal cancer with chronic OIPN. They(More)
Carcinoma of unknown primary site (CUP) has a poor prognosis and the prognostic factors in these patients are not well established. Furthermore, there are no selection criteria for patients who should benefit from chemotherapy. The medical records of 179 CUP patients who were treated at Taipei Veterans General Hospital from 2000 to 2009 were reviewed.(More)
BACKGROUND Bupropion, which is widely used in patients with depressive disorder, may cause allergic reactions. However, the real prevalence of these side effects may be overlooked and underreported due to the delayed onset phenomenon. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to estimate the real incidence of bupropion-induced urticaria and clarify the delayed onset(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the risk of cancer among Taiwanese female registered nurses (RNs) using a nationwide population-based dataset. METHODS We recruited female RNs without antecedent cancer from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research database during 2000-2010. Standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) of cancer were calculated. We also compared rates(More)
Purpose: Nucleotide excision repair (NER) modulates platinum-based chemotherapeutic efficacy by removing drug-produced DNA damage. To summarize published data on the association between polymorphisms of NER genes (ERCC1 and ERCC2) and responses to oxaliplatin-based chemotherapies, we carried out a meta-analysis of gastric and colorectal cancer for commonly(More)
Oxaliplatin is effective in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer patients; however, severe neurotoxicity developed frequently. To assess the efficacy of nerve conduction velocity (NCV) study in objectively assessing oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy, a pilot study was performed. A total of 28 patients with metas-tatic colorectal cancer(More)
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