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    ABSTRACT: Patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma (RR-HL) have poor outcomes. Brentuximab vedotin (BV), an antibody-drug conjugate comprising an anti-CD30 antibody conjugated to the potent anti-microtubule agent, monomethyl auristatin E, induces high tumour responses with moderate adverse effects. In a retrospective study, we describe objective response rates and subsequent allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) in patients with RR-HL treated by BV in a named patient program in two French institutions. Twenty-four adult patients with histologically proven CD30(+) RR-HL treated with BV were included from July 2009 to November 2012. Response to BV treatment was evaluated after four cycles. Eleven patients were in complete response (45.8%), while five patients were in partial response (20.8%), with an overall response rate of 66.6%. Eight patients failed to respond to BV (33.3%). All of the responding patients could receive consolidation treatment after BV: three patients underwent autologous stem cell transplantation (auto-SCT), three patients received a tandem auto-SCT/allo-SCT, nine patients received allo-SCT and one patient was treated with donor lymphocyte infusion. We found no treatment-related mortality at day 100 among the 12 patients who underwent BV following by allogeneic transplantation. With a median follow-up of 20 months (range 10.5-43.2), none of them relapsed or died. BV followed by allo-SCT represents an effective salvage regimen in patients with RR-HL. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Hematological Oncology 12/2014; 32(4). DOI:10.1002/hon.2119
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    ABSTRACT: Breast cancer is the first cause of cancer in women worldwide. Recent molecular analyses have shown that it is not a single disease but a mixture of several diseases with different biological behaviors, which should lead to treatment customization for each patient. Personalized medicine is based on tumor and/or patient molecular profiles. This new way to think oncology is currently applied at different stages of breast cancer management, including prognosis, prediction of treatment efficacy, and development of new therapies via new kinds of clinical trials. These trials are not only based on tumor site but also on tumor genetic characterization using genomic tools such as gene expression profiling, array-CGH or next-generation sequencing technologies. The aim of personalized medicine is to tailor treatment according to the specificities of a single disease in a given patient. In this review, we present the advances in treatment personalization which are currently used in daily practice as well as the technologies and therapies under investigation in various clinical trials.
    Critical reviews in oncology/hematology 09/2014; 91(3). DOI:10.1016/j.critrevonc.2014.03.002
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    ABSTRACT: We report a 57-year-old male who was treated with high-dose danazol for hereditary angioedema for more than 30 years; he developed hepatocellular carcinoma in the absence of cirrhosis. Despite surgical resection, he had a recurrence and received sorafenib, but had a poor skin tolerance. Such tumors arising after danazol are infrequent, and this case is highly unique due to the minor lesions found on the liver.
    Case Reports in Oncology 09/2014; 7(3):825-7. DOI:10.1159/000370106


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