O Nanni

Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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    ABSTRACT: The quality and economic implications of manual versus automated preparation of antineoplastic drugs were compared. This four-week study evaluated 10 routinely used antineoplastic drugs (fluorouracil, cyclophosphamide, gemcitabine, trastuzumab, bevacizumab, oxaliplatin, cisplatin, paclitaxel, irinotecan, and etoposide) prepared by manual and automated procedures. The accuracy of the dose of the active ingredient was calculated in terms of percent relative error for the difference between the nominal value indicated on the prescription and the actual value of the drug in the finished product. A comparative economic analysis of the manual and automated preparation procedures was performed by calculating the mean unit cost for each preparation at different production levels. Participating pharmacists and technicians completed a survey rating each preparation method in terms of performance, operator satisfaction, technology, and safety. Of the 2500 i.v. antineoplastic preparations made in the pharmacy during the four-week study period, 681 were analyzed (348 using the automated procedure and 333 manually). Of these, 17 varied by more than 5% of the prescribed dose, and 1 varied by over 10%. Accuracy, calculated in terms of average percent relative error, was the highest and lowest during manual preparation. The preparation time for individual drugs was always higher when prepared using the automated procedure. A lower mean variable unit cost was observed for preparations made using the automated procedure. Questionnaire results revealed that operators preferred the automated procedure over the manual procedure. Both the automated and manual procedures for preparing antineoplastic preparations proved to be accurate and precise. The automated procedure resulted in substantial advantages in terms of quality maintenance standards and risk lowering.
    American journal of health-system pharmacy: AJHP: official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 04/2014; 71(7):579-585. · 2.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Surgery has become an important tool for cancer treatment, requiring many available resources and a good organization of the surgery service. The aim of this study was to provide robust data for policymakers on the impact of hospital volume on survival, taking into account different sources of information. We performed a retrospective study in a cohort of patients with gastric cancer submitted to partial or total gastrectomy. Data for the analysis were retrieved from regional administrative databases, the regional death registry, and histological reports. The main outcome measures were operative mortality and long-term survival. The associations between hospital volume and risk of mortality were calculated using a Cox multiple regression analysis. The estimated relationship between operative mortality and volume was not statistically significant. Conversely, high-volume hospitals had an increased likelihood of long-term survival compared to low-volume institutions: hazard ratio 0.79 (95 % confidence interval, 0.66-0.94, p = 0.01). The percentage variation between crude and adjusted HRs using only administrative data or administrative and histological data was very small. However, the combined use of administrative and clinical data provided a more accurate model for estimating risk-adjusted mortality. A positive association between hospital volume and survival was evident for long-term outcome after adjusting for patient and tumor confounding. Moreover, the patient's choice of hospital was not guided by specific care pathways or screening programs, and prognosis was not poorer for patients in high-volume hospitals. These findings suggest that there is leeway for improving access to surgery for gastric cancer patients.
    Gastric Cancer 01/2014; · 3.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: What constitutes an adequate surgical margin in partial mastectomy is still controversial: intra-operative specimen radiogram is commonly used during partial mastectomy for nonpalpable lesions in order verify the adequacy of the resection but what margin is to be considered "adequate" is still debatable. An intraoperative specimen mammogram was performed during all consecutive conservative resections for nonpalpable DCIS and a 15-mm radiological margin was considered "adequate". Margins were pathologically assessed and classified as "negative", "close" or "positive" and the rate of margin involvement constitued the main outcome of the study. Among 272 conservative interventions, 80.51% had negative margins at final pathology, 3.31% had close margins and 16.18% had positive margins. An intraoperative "adequate" margin of 15 mm as defined on intraoperative specimen mammogram granted a high rate of histologically negative margin at primary surgery; this finding was paralleled by confirmation of the treatment as conservative in 95% of cases.
    SpringerPlus 12/2013; 2(1):243.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common disease which increases the risk of perioperative complications. The aim of this study is to assess the clinical utility of preoperative screening for OSA in determining the prevalence of patients at high risk of OSA in a surgical population, the incidence of difficult airway management and the incidence of perioperative complications. Methods: We conducted a multisite, prospective observational study on adult patients scheduled for elective surgery. All patients completed a STOP-Bang questionnaire as a part of their preoperative evaluation. Collected data included: demographic data, type of surgery, ASA class, postoperative course, complications within 48 hours, difficult intubation (DI) and difficult mask ventilation (DMV). Results:A total of 3452 consecutive patients were recruited. 2997 (87%) were identified as low OSA risk patients and 455 (13%) were identified as high OSA risk patients. 113 (3%) postoperative complications, 315 (9%) cases of DMV and 375 (11%) of DI were observed. The percentage of postoperative complications in patients with HR-OSA was 9%, while the percentage of DI was 20% and the percentage of DMV was 23%. High risk for OSA and higher BMI (≥30 Kg m-2) were independently associated with risk for perioperative complications. Conclusion:In conclusion, this study demonstrates that the prevalence of high OSA risk patients in the surgical population is high. The increase in the rates of perioperative complications justifies the implementation of perioperative strategies that use the STOP-Bang as a tool for triage.
    Minerva anestesiologica 11/2013; · 2.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rationale: In the sub-Saharan Africa the first and second causes of cancer death among women are respectively cervix and breast cancer. Early diagnosis is the only possibility to timely treat these cancers. The region of Mwanza covers an area of approx. 14 million inhabitants: females represent 51% of the population. In this area, no screening and/or prevention programs are available. There is a strong need to sensitize the female population to undergo clinical and instrumental tests for cervical and breast cancers early diagnosis. Objectives: Vanda Project's aim is to screen women aged 15-64 years living in the 12 districts of Mwanza and to create a structured data base to collect the main cervix cancer risk factors (HPV positivity, nr. of pregnancies, age of the first sexual intercourse, use of oral contraceptive) and breast cancer risk factors (genetic, hormonal and reproductive issues). Methods: Local media invite women to meet the multidisciplinary team operating within the districts using a mobile unit. Pap smear, clinical breast examination and training of the local physicians along with training of the population to perform breast self examination are the main activities of the Team. Biopsy samples are locally examined while the biological characterization of positive cases is carried out at the Romagna Cancer Institute (IRST- Italy). Clinical, laboratory and epidemiological data are entered into the database and are periodically sent to the IRST Biostatistics Unit for monitoring and statistical analysis. Results: From May to December 2012, 2155 women from 5 districts took part in the program: 91 of them (4%) had clinically evident cervical cancer. An exceptionally high stage distribution at diagnosis was observed: 30% in stage III and 20% in stage IV. To date 408 randomly selected samples have been analyzed by cytology, only 4% with inadequate material. Cytological data of the remaining 392 cases are: 85 (22%) normal; 216 (55%) infections (chiefly mycotic); 72 (18%) precancerous lesions (50% H-SIL according to Bethesda classification); 19 (5%) positive for cancer (mainly stages III-IV). Data entry is ongoing and breast cancer processing are planned for the next months. Conclusions: This project clearly shows the high feasibility of a cervical and breast cancers screening program in a population at high risk and the opportunity to analyze the widespread major risks factors.
    XV Congresso Nazionale AIOM, Milan, Italy; 10/2013
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), is a necessary feature pathologically or radiologically for the diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The predictive value of transbronchial biopsy (TBB) in identifying UIP is currently unknown. The objective of this study is to assess the accuracy with which histopathologic criteria of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) can be identified in transbronchial biopsy (TBB) and to assess the usefulness of TBBx in predicting a the diagnosis of UIP pattern. We conducted a retrospective blinded and controlled analysis of TBB specimens from 40 established cases of UIP and 24 non-UIP interstitial lung diseases. RESULTS: Adequate TBB specimens were available in 34 UIP cases (85% of all UIP cases). TBB contained histopathologic criteria to suggest a UIP pattern (ie. at least one of three pathologic features of UIP present; patchy interstitial fibrosis, fibroblast foci, honeycomb changes) in 12 cases (30% of all UIP cases). Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for the two pathologists were 30% (12/40), 100% (24/24), 100% (12/12), 46% (24/52) and 30% (12/40), 92% (22/24), 86% (12/14), 55% (22/40) respectively. Kappa coefficient of agreement between pathologists was good (0.61, 95% CI 0.31-0.91). The likelihood of identifying UIP on TBB increased with the number and size of the TBB specimens. CONCLUSION: Although sensitivity is low our data suggest that even modest amount of patchy interstitial fibrosis, fibroblast foci, honeycomb changes detected on TBB can be highly predictive of a UIP pattern. Conversely, the absence of UIP histopathologic criteria on TBB does not rule out UIP.
    Respiratory research 10/2012; 13(1):96. · 3.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the activity and safety of non-pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (Myocet®) in combination with docetaxel and trastuzumab as first-line treatment of patients with HER-2/neu-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC). The maximum tolerated dose of the combination was defined in the phase I part of the study. In the phase II part, 45 HER-2/neu-positive MBC patients were enrolled to receive 6-8 cycles of Myocet® 50 mg/m2 (day 1), docetaxel 30 mg/m2 (days 2 and 9) plus trastuzumab (day 2, 4 mg/kg followed by 2 mg/kg/week) every 21 d until unacceptable toxicity or progression occurred. Objective response (primary end-point) and treatment tolerability were assessed according to World Health Organisation criteria. Cardiotoxicity was defined as signs and/or symptoms of congestive heart failure and/or a decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The overall response rate was 55.6% (complete response 8.9%, partial response 46.7%), with a median time-to-progression of 10.9 months (C.I. 8.7-15.0). Median overall survival was not reached. The most frequent grade 3-4 adverse events were granulocytopaenia (60.0%), leukocytopenia (43.2%) and alopecia (35.6%). Grade 3-4 diarrhoea, pain, oral and skin toxicity (4.4%, each) and nausea/vomiting, thrombocytopenia and elevated alkaline phosphatase (2.2%, each) were also reported. In 2 patients LVEF fell to <50%, with a decrease from baseline>15%. LVEF median values remained stable from baseline to the end of the study (60%). The combination of Myocet®, docetaxel and trastuzumab is safe and shows promising activity as first-line treatment of HER-2-positive MBC.
    European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990) 06/2011; 47(14):2091-8. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) is an established method to diagnose hilar/mediastinal lymphadenopathies and/or masses. Real-time endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a method that involves TBNA, and has been shown to increase the diagnostic yield in this context. Objectives: A descriptive study has been conducted to test real-time EBUS in the diagnosis of hilar-mediastinal lymphadenopathies/masses with a shorter diameter less then 2.5 cm or with a previous negative 'blind' TBNA. Consecutive patients referred for EBUS-TBNA of hilar/mediastinal lymph nodes were included in the study, when a node or mass was detected on a chest computed tomography scan. The primary end point was the number of successful biopsy specimens. Lymph node stations were classified according to the American Thoracic Society scheme. Ninety-four patients (66 males, 28 females) of mean age 62 years (range: 17-86) underwent EBUS-TBNA: EBUS-TBNA could be performed in all patients. The procedure was diagnostic in 80 patients (89.4%); positive samples were 73 (52 lung cancer, 18 sarcoidosis and 3 tuberculosis), negative samples were 17, inadequate specimens were obtained in four patients (4.25%) and surgically proven false negative results were found in six cases (6.38%). Biopsy specimens were taken from lymph nodes in region 2L (1 case), 2R (5 cases), 4R (20 cases), 4L (7 cases), 7 (47 cases), 10R (9 cases), 10L (2 cases), 11R (6 cases) and 11L (3 cases). Sensitivity was 92.4%, and specificity was 100%. No complications occurred. EBUS-TBNA is a safe and reliable method for sampling mediastinal lymph nodes.
    The Clinical Respiratory Journal 04/2011; 6(1):3-8. · 1.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Palliative sedation therapy (PST) is indicated for and used to control refractory symptoms in cancer patients undergoing palliative care. We aimed to evaluate whether PST has a detrimental effect on survival in terminally ill patients. This multicenter, observational, prospective, nonrandomized population-based study evaluated overall survival in two cohorts of hospice patients, one submitted to palliative sedation (A) and the other managed as per routine hospice practice (B). Cohorts were matched for age class, gender, reason for hospice admission, and Karnofsky performance status. Of the 518 patients enrolled, 267 formed cohort A and 251 cohort B. In total, 25.1% of patients admitted to the participating hospices received PST. Mean and median duration of sedation was 4 (standard deviation 6.0) and 2 days (range 0-43), respectively. Median survival of arm A was 12 days [90% confidence interval (CI) 10-14], while that of arm B was 9 days (90% CI 8-10) (log rank = 0.95, P = 0.330) (unadjusted hazard ratio = 0.92, 90% CI 0.80-1.06). PST does not shorten life when used to relieve refractory symptoms and does not need the doctrine of double effect to justify its use from an ethical point of view.
    Annals of Oncology 08/2009; 20(7):1163-9. · 7.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intravesical gemcitabine (Gem) has shown promising activity against transitional cell carcinomas (TCC) of the bladder, with moderate urinary toxicity and low systemic absorption. The present phase II study evaluated the activity of biweekly intravesical treatment with Gem using a scheme directly derived from in vitro preclinical studies. Patients with Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) -refractory Ta G3, T1 G1-3 TCC underwent transurethral bladder resection and then intravesical instillation with 2000 mg Gem diluted in 50 ml saline solution on days 1 and 3 for 6 consecutive weeks. Thirty-eight (95%) of the 40 patients showed persistent negative post-treatment cystoscopy and cytology 6 months after Gem treatment, while the remaining 2 patients relapsed at 5 and 6 months. At a median follow-up of 28 months, recurrences had occurred in 14 patients. Among these, four had downstaged (T) disease, three had a lower grade (G) lesion and three had a reduction in both T and G. Urinary and systemic toxicity was very low, with no alterations in biochemical profiles. In conclusion, biweekly instillation of Gem proved active in BCG-refractory Ta G3, T1 G1-3 TCC. Our results highlight the importance of preclinical studies using in vitro systems that adequately reproduce the conditions of intravesical clinical treatment to define the best therapeutic schedule.
    British Journal of Cancer 01/2008; 97(11):1499-504. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Taxanes and fluoropyrimidines are active in metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and their combination has proven effective in anthracycline-refractory patients. We conducted a phase I study to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of uracil plus tegafur (UFT) given in combination with leucovorin (LV) and paclitaxel (Pacl) in patients with refractory MBC. Pacl was infused at a fixed dose of 150 mg/m2 on day 1. UFT, at doses escalated by 50 mg/m2 starting from 200 mg/m2 . day, and LV, at a fixed dose of 90 mg/day, were given orally every 8 h for 11 days (days 3-13). Cohorts of at least 3 patients were treated at each dose level, and if 1 experienced dose-limiting toxicity (DLT), a maximum of 3 additional patients were added at the same dose level. MTD was reached if 2 out of the 6 patients experienced DLT. Sixteen patients were enrolled in the study. The most important toxicity observed was hematological. Nonhematological toxicities were paresthesia and myalgia, asthenia, nausea, and mucositis. DLT occurred in only 1 patient (grade 3 hepatic toxicity). The recommended dose for a subsequent phase II trial is Pacl 150 mg/m2 on day 1, and UFT 300 mg/m2 and LV 90 mg on days 3-13, every 2 weeks.
    Oncology 02/2007; 72(1-2):118-24. · 2.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) seems to be enhanced by cigarette smoking and lowered by alcohol drinking. To assess whether cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking affect NHL survival, a population-based prospective study on 1138 Italian patients, diagnosed in 1991-1993, followed-up until 2002, was carried out. At diagnosis, clinical and socio-demographic data were recorded and lifestyle habits were assessed through a validated questionnaire. Survival analysis was performed with Kaplan-Meier methods. Hazard ratios (HR) were estimated by Cox regression. The mean follow-up was 6.6 years (standard deviation (SD) 4.3). The mean survival time was 7.56 years (SD 0.155). At both univariate and multivariate analysis heavy cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking were associated with poor survival. Compared with those with a lower cumulative exposure to tobacco smoking, those who had smoked>31 pack-years had a worse survival (HR=1.60, 95%CI=1.18-2.18). Drinkers had a higher risk of death compared with non-drinkers (HR=1.41, 95%CI=1.10-1.81). Considering only those who had NHL as cause of death, the HR for the higher category of pack-years smoked, compared with the lowest, was 1.63 (95% CI=1.15-2.33) and for drinkers, compared with non-drinkers, it was 1.33 (95% CI=1.01-1.80). cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking may influence NHL survival.
    Annals of Oncology 08/2006; 17(8):1283-9. · 7.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Most studies of cancer risk related to agricultural exposures have focused on male operators. Cancer mortality in a cohort of 38 962 women engaged in agriculture (Province of Forlì, 1969-1993) was compared with that of the rest of the female residents using the ratio of age-standardized (Europe) mortality rates (ASR) with 95% confidence interval (CI). Moreover, mortality time trends in both subsets of the population were evaluated. The cohort yielded 798 439 person-years with 2397 cancer deaths. Total ASR ratio was 0.86 (95% CI 0.80-0.92). Only gastric cancer was associated with a significant but declining excess mortality (ASR ratio 1.26; 95% CI 1.11-1.43). Total ASR ratio decreased from 1.07 (95% CI 0.95-1.20) in 1969-1976 to 0.74 (95% CI 0.66-0.82) in 1985-1993. This resulted from a downward mortality trend restricted to the cohort. In particular, mortality from cancers of the oesophagus, stomach and colon/rectum decreased more steeply in the cohort. Mortality from liver cancer decreased only in the cohort. Mortality from cancers of the pancreas, lung, breast, bladder and skin melanoma remained stable in the cohort whilst increasing in the rest of the population. In conclusion, risk excesses previously reported were not confirmed. Agricultural workers qualified as a subset of the female population with atypical, favourable epidemiologic characteristics.
    European Journal of Cancer Prevention 09/2005; 14(4):337-44. · 2.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) mouthwashes in the prevention of severe mucositis induced by high doses of chemotherapy. Ninety consecutive patients affected by solid tumors and undergoing high-dose chemotherapy with autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation rescue were randomized to receive placebo versus GM-CSF mouthwash 150 micro g/day. Patients were stratified on the basis of the conditioning treatment and the consequent different risk of severe oral mucositis. Treatment was administered from the day after the end of chemotherapy until the resolution of stomatitis and/or neutrophil recovery. The statistical analyses were intention-to-treat and involved all patients who entered the study. The severity of stomatitis was evaluated daily by the physicians according to National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria. Both study and control groups were compared with respect to the frequency [30% versus 36%, chi(2) exact test, not significant (NS)] and mean duration (4.8 +/- 4.7 versus 4.4 +/- 2.7 days, t-test, NS) of severe stomatitis (grade > or =3). Oral pain was evaluated daily by patients themselves by means of a 10 cm analog visual scale: the mean (+/- standard error of the mean) maximum mucositis scores were 4.8 +/- 3.5 versus 4.2 +/- 3.5 cm (t-test, NS). Furthermore, 15/46 patients in the study group (33%) and 19/44 patients in the control group experienced pain requiring opioids (chi(2) exact test, NS). We did not find any evidence to indicate that prophylaxis with GM-CSF mouthwash can help to reduce the severity of mucositis in the setting of the patients we studied.
    Annals of Oncology 04/2003; 14(4):559-63. · 7.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In a population-based case–control study among adults in Italy, of 261 lymphoid and 313 myeloid leukaemias and 1718 controls, a later age at adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy (after age 10 years) increased considerably the risk of lymphocytic (but not myeloid) leukaemia (odds ratio 4.2, 95% confidence interval 1.1–16.2). We propose that late infection is a proliferative stimulus for B-cells.
    British Journal of Cancer 01/2003; 88(1):47-49. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated a number of biological markers, evaluated under strict intralaboratory quality control conditions, in terms of their role in predicting clinical outcome of patients with colon cancer treated with 5-FU-containing regimens. Colon cancer tissue from 263 patients enrolled onto two randomised clinical trials were studied for their cytofluorimetrically determined DNA content and their immunohistochemically evaluated microvessel density, vascular endothelial growth factor expression, thymidylate synthase expression and tumour lymphocyte infiltration. Disease-free survival and overall survival of patients were analysed as a function of the different variables. At a median follow up of 57 months, age, gender and Dukes' stage showed an impact on disease-free survival, whereas no biological marker emerged as an indicator of better or worse disease-free survival. Only histological grade and Dukes' stage were found to influence overall survival. The different biological variables, studied with particular attention for determination reliability, proved to have no impact on the clinical outcome of patients with colon cancer. Therefore, other markers must be identified to complement clinico-pathological variables in the management of this disease.
    British Journal of Cancer 11/2002; 87(8):868-75. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lymph node metastases are present in only about 15% of patients with early gastric cancer (EGC) and for this reason, the majority of these patients do not require lymphadenectomy. In Japan, EGC patients undergo less invasive treatment (endoscopic mucosal resection, wedge resection, laparoscopy). However, the indications for and results of these types of treatment are still uncertain. In a multicentre retrospective study, we analysed the clinicopathological data referring to 584 early gastric cancer patients who underwent D2 gastrectomy. A comparison was made between patients with and without lymph node metastases in relation to numerous pre- and postoperative variables. Long-term survival and risk factors for lymph node metastases were analysed. The primary aim was to compare our results with those of Western and Japanese authors; we also evaluated the possibility of identifying a subset of patients at low risk of lymph node metastases who may be candidates for endoscopic treatment. The incidence of lymph node metastasis was 14.4%. Univariate and multivariate analyses showed that submucosal infiltration, diffuse histotype, tumour size and Kodama Pen A type were all related to the presence of lymph node metastases. Patients with types I, IIa and IIb mucosal tumours did not present lymph node metastases. Postoperative mortality was 2.2%. Five-year survival in relation to lymph node groups was 95% in N0 patients, 77% in N1 patients and 60% in N2 patients (p = 0.0001, Japanese N-stage). The number of positive lymph nodes also had a prognostic value. Patients with three or fewer positive lymph nodes presented a better 5-year prognosis (83%) than those with more than three positive lymph nodes (48%) (p = 0.0001). Our study confirms that lymph node involvement is an extremely important prognostic factor. For this reason, the therapeutic strategy of our surgical units is as follows: 1) D2 gastrectomy is the standard treatment even in early gastric cancer (EGC); 2) endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) could be considered first in types I, IIa and IIb tumours that are diagnosed as limited to the mucosal layer.
    Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology 11/2001; 31(10):495-9. · 1.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The predictivity of tumour size, oestrogen (ER) and progesterone (PgR) receptors, 3H-thymidine labelling index (TLI), c-erbB-2 and p27kip1 expression on clinical outcome was analysed on a consecutive series of 118 postmenopausal patients with ER-positive, node-positive tumours. All patients were treated with surgery +/- radiotherapy and adjuvant tamoxifen (30 mg/day) for at least 2 years. TLI, ER, c-erbB-2 and p27kip1 were generally unrelated to each other. PgR was directly related to ER and inversely to c-erbB-2. Tumour size was inversely related to both c-erbB-2 and p27kip1 expression. At a median follow-up of 75 months, 5-year relapse-free survival was significantly lower for patients with very rapidly proliferating (HR = 2.61, 95% CI = 1.34-5.08), PgR negative (HR = 2.76, 95% CI = 1.43-5.33) or relatively low ER content (HR = 2.20, 95% CI = 1.14-4.25) tumours than for patients with tumours expressing the opposite biological profiles. Overall survival was also significantly different as a function of TLI (HR = 3.47, 95% CI = 1.52-7.93) and PgR (HR = 2.27, 95% CI = 1.00-5.15). TLI and PgR maintained an independent relevance in multivariate analysis and together were capable of identifying subgroups of patients at significantly different risk of relapse and death.
    Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 08/2001; 68(2):101-10. · 4.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tobacco use is the most prominent cause of respiratory cancers. Little is known, however, about the influence of smoking on hematolymphopoietic malignancies. To evaluate this relation, a population-based case-control study was carried out in 12 areas of Italy. Detailed interviews on tobacco smoking habits were administered to 1450 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), 365 Hodgkin's disease (HD), 270 multiple myeloma (MM), and 649 leukemia (LEU) patients occurring from 1990 to 1993, and 1779 population controls. We found a slightly increased risk for NHL in smokers (odds ratio 1.2, 95% confidence interval 1.0-1.4 for ever smokers), but a consistent positive association was shown only for follicular NHL. In this subtype, a significant excess risk was observed for ever versus never smokers, after adjustment for gender, age, geographic residence, education, and respondent (OR = 1.8, 95%, CI 1.3-2.7), with a positive exposure-response gradient for smoking duration (p < 0.01). The risk for follicular NHL was significantly elevated only among women, with ever smokers showing OR = 2.3 (CI 1.4-3.8), while for men we found OR = 1.3 (CI 0.69-2.3). No major differences were shown according to age. Female subjects also showed significant positive exposure-response trends for duration. Cigarette smoking could be a risk factor for follicular NHL among women. For HD, MM, or LEU, no clear association was observed.
    Cancer Causes and Control 06/2001; 12(4):325-34. · 3.20 Impact Factor

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  • 2008–2013
    • Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori
      Meldola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • 2009
    • Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale Forlì
      Forlì, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • 2006
    • University of Milan
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 2000–2003
    • Università degli Studi di Torino
      Torino, Piedmont, Italy
  • 1992–2003
    • Istituto Oncologico Veneto
      Padua, Veneto, Italy
  • 2001
    • Università degli Studi di Genova
      Genova, Liguria, Italy
  • 1997–1999
    • CRO Centro di Riferimento Oncologico di Aviano
      • Division of Medical Oncology A
      Aviano, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • 1996
    • Istituto per lo Studio e la Prevenzione Oncologica (ISPO)
      Florens, Tuscany, Italy
  • 1994–1996
    • Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research
      • Department of Epidemiology
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy