[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Erlotinib is a validated drug "for treatment of patients affected by advanced unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with EGFR mutations". We want to focus on potential functional benefits deriving from a combined therapy containing a TKI (erlotinib) and a nicotinic partial agonist (varenicicline) in smokers.
we analyzed the records of patients affected by NSCLC treated undergoing "first line therapy with Erlotinib" and smoking cessation (with varenicicline). Response to therapy was evaluated by CT scan. Data concerning clinical history, smoking habit, nicotine dependence were collected after three months from the beginning of the recruitment. Pulmonary function tests including spirometry with pletismographic technique and exhaled carbon monoxide (CO) were performed with recording of resistances, flows, volumes. A group of ten current smokers affected by NSCLC with EGFR activating mutation and concurrent mild COPD undergoing anti-EGFR treatment without smoking cessation was used to compare clinical and functional data. A control group of NSCLC wild type with mild COPD undergoing smoking cessation was assessed for functional data.
Twenty-five patients were enrolled. All of them reported partial response at CT re-evaluation. All functional indexes and parameters were improved after combined treatment a significant increase of FEV1 level and a decrease of exhaled CO. In particular, a mean increase of FEV1 from 1.93 (SD 0.48) to 2.03(SD 0.46) liters was recorded. A notable reduction of sRAW (specific resistances) was also observed. The improvement of some parameters such as CO, heart rate (HR), sRAW and FEV1 resulted statistically significant. . A better response to therapy was found" in the study group compared to second group of mutated NSCLC patients". In this second group we also observed an improvement of functional obstructive parameters although it was less remarkable than study group. Only sRAW and FEF 25/75 were significantly increased. The group of NSCLC wild type undergoing only smoking cessation showed a lower increase of FEV1 by about 50 ml compared to the first group Conclusions: The combination of anti-EGFR treatment and concurrent therapy for smoking cessation seems to be more effective than erlotinib alone in improving lung function and clinical response in advanced NSCLC patients with EGFR-mutations. It is conceivable that erlotinib may potentiate the action of varenicline..We have also outlined some relevant patents concerning varenicline and EGFR-TKI.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
Everolimus is a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor approved for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). We aimed to assess the association between the baseline values and treatmentrelated modifications of total serum cholesterol (C), triglycerides (T), body mass index (BMI), fasting blood glucose level (FBG) and blood pressure (BP) levels and the outcome of patients treated with everolimus for mRCC.
177 patients were included in this retrospective analysis. Time to progression (TTP), clinical benefit (CB) and overall survival (OS) were evaluated.
Basal BMI was significantly higher in patients who experienced a CB (p=0,0145). C,T and C+T raises were significantly associated with baseline BMI (p=0.0412, 0.0283 and 0.0001). Median TTP was significantly longer in patients with T raise compared to patients without T (10 vs 6, p=0.030), C (8 vs 5, p=0.042) and C+T raise (10.9 vs 5.0, p=0.003). At the multivariate analysis, only C+T increase was associated with improved TTP (p=0.005). T raise (21.0 vs 14.0, p=0.002) and C+T increase (21.0 vs 14.0, p=0.006) were correlated with improved OS but were not significant at multivariate analysis.
C+T raise is an early predictor for everolimus efficacy for patients with mRCC.
PLoS ONE 04/2015; 10(4):e0120427. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0120427 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Soft tissue sarcomas are aggressive tumors representing <1% of all adult neoplasms. Aim of our study was to evaluate promyelocytic leukemia gene expression value as prognostic factor and as a factor predicting response to alkylating agents/antracycline-based first line therapy. One hundred eleven patients affected by locally advanced and metastatic soft tissue sarcoma were selected. PML expression was evaluated by immunohistochemical analysis in pathological samples and in the corresponding normal tissue from each case. PML immunohistochemical results were correlated with prognosis and with radiological response to alkylating agents/antracycline-based first line therapy. PML expression was significantly reduced in synovial sarcomas (P < 0.0001), in myofibroblastic sarcomas (P < 0.0001), angiosarcomas (P < 0.0001), in leiomyosarcomas (P = 0.003), in mixoid liposarcomas (P < 0.0001), and in dedifferentiated liposarcomas (P < 0.0001). No significant difference was found for pleomorphic sarcoma [31.8 (95% CI: 16.7-41.0); P = 0.21]. and pleomorphic liposarcomas (P = 0.51). Loss of PML expression was found to be statistically correlated with TTP (P < 0.0001), median duration of response (P = 0.007), and OS (P = 0.02). No correlation was observed between PML expression and treatment efficacy. PML IHC expression is down-regulated in synovial sarcomas, myofibroblastic sarcomas, angiosarcomas, liposarcoma, and leiomyosarcomas and its expression correlated with prognosis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PML regulates a wide range of pathways involved in tumorigenesis, such as apoptosis, which is also one of the main mechanisms through which oxaliplatin and fluoropyrimidine exert their antineoplastic activity. The present study aims to investigate PML expression as a predictive factor of oxaliplatin/fluoropyrimidine therapy efficacy. Seventy-four metastatic colorectal cancer patients who received oxaliplatin/floropyrimidine-based first line therapy have been included in this retrospective study. PML expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry. PML down-regulation was detected in 39 (52.7%) patients (14 complete and 25 partial PML loss). RR was significantly lower (25.6%) in patients with PML down-regulation than in patients with preserved PML expression (60%) (P = 0.006). Median TTP was 5.5 months when PML was down-regulated versus 11.9 months in case of preserved PML expression (P < 0.0001). A statistical significant difference was also detected in OS (15.6 and 24.5 months, respectively, P = 0.003). The impact of PML down-regulation on TTP and OS was statistically significant also in a multivariate model. This study represents the first evidence of a possible correlation between PML protein expression and outcome of metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with oxaliplatin/fluoropyrimidine-based first line therapy.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Parastomal herniation is a postoperative complication after colostomy or ileostomy with an incidence rate of 0-48.1% . Its repair is indicated in approximately 10-15% of cases ; however, this surgery has been associated with a significant degree of morbidity and recurrence. We describe, for the first time in literature, an experience using a new technique, and a new type of mesh. This new type of laparoscopic parastomal hernia repair appears to be easier and faster. The follow-up was about 240 days. Our preliminary experience in using this technique and mesh appears to be possibly leading to a reduction of recurrences and complications. Randomized multicenter studies are required to assess the true effectiveness of the technique.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT: There are no reports in the literature of acute pancreatitis after "one shot" percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI); in contrast, cases of lethal acute pancreatitis are described as a complication of intraarterial PEI. We report a case of a lethal necrotizing pancreatitis resulting from a "one shot" PEI into a multifocal hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Deaths after PEI occur between a few hours and a few days after the event because of hemoperitoneum and haemorrhage from oesophageal varices and the major complications are renal insufficiency, hemoperitoneum and hepatic insufficiency. None of these complications occurred in our patient immediately after PEI. We believe that PEI initially caused the edematous pancreatitis through a detrimental metabolic effect. Thereafter, the ensuing treatment with opioids (to reduce the patient's abdominal pain) led to toxic effects causing, together with PEI, the development of lethal necrotizing pancreatitis.
Journal of experimental & clinical cancer research: CR 07/2008; 27(1):12. DOI:10.1186/1756-9966-27-12 · 4.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Deaths after percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) into hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may occur within a few hours to a few days following the procedure because of hemoperitoneum and haemorrhage from oesophageal varices or hepatic insufficiency. Pancreatitis has been recently reported as a rare lethal complication of intra-arterial PEI, another modality for treating HCCs. In this minireview, we analyze the literature concerning the development of acute pancreatitis after PEI. Pathogenesis of pancreatitis from opioids and ethanol is also addressed. Treatment with opioids to reduce the patient's abdominal pain after PEI in combination with the PEI itself may lead to direct toxic effects, thus favouring the development of pancreatitis.
Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research 02/2008; 27(1):28. DOI:10.1186/1756-9966-27-28 · 4.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 71-year-old man affected by cardio- and cerebrovascular disease experienced an accidental fall and trauma to the fronto-temporal area of the head. A few weeks later a growing mass appeared on his scalp. A diagnosis of superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysm was made following CT and color Doppler ultrasound. His clinical condition favoured a conservative approach by ultrasound-guided compression and subsequent surgical resection. A conservative approach should be considered the treatment of choice in critically ill patients affected by superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysm.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Esophagorespiratory fistulas, especially in the upper third of the esophagus, are a complication of malignant esophageal tumors, whose management is difficult and prognosis is poor. Treatment is palliative and involves restoration of the ability to ingest food and prevention of aspiration by insertion of esophageal or tracheobronchial stents. In selected patients the insertion of a single stent may be insufficient for pallation therefore the placement of parallel stents may be indicated in patients with symptoms caused by malignant esophagorespiratory fistula. A case of esophagorespiratory fistula managed with insertion of parallel stents is presented.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Symptomatic inoperable esophageal carcinoma represents a major clinical problem. With no treatment, swallowing deteriorates with a dramatic worsening of quality of life. At present, self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) are the most effective non surgical palliation in inoperable esophageal cancer. The different types of available SEMS, techniques, results and complications are discussed.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report the case of a sixty-six year-old man admitted at our hospital with a suspected malignant tumor of the ampulla of Vater. The patient underwent a Pylorus-preserving pancreatico-duodenectomy. Histology showed a signet-ring cell carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater. This case is the 13th report in the literature of a signet-ring cell carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater.