Teddy Saliba

American University of Beirut, Beyrouth, Beyrouth, Lebanon

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Publications (6)8.74 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Gastric cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Appropriate staging and treatment options relate to the stage of disease and performance status of the patient. Here we present the case of a 72 year old male, with an initial presentation of apparently locally advanced gastric cancer. On discovery of metastatic disease, the utility of palliative gastrectomy, and first and second line chemotherapy are discussed. This case demonstrates the potential value of sequential lines of chemotherapy in good performance status patients with advanced gastric cancer. Further research will be necessary in order to assess the utility of newer targeted agents in this setting.
    Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer 03/2011; 42(1):46-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatocellular carcinoma has been commonly associated with multiple etiologic factors including hepatitis B and C, alcoholic liver disease, and more rarely congenital metabolic liver diseases. 'Cardiac cirrhosis' is the cirrhosis resulting from prolonged passive liver venous congestion secondary to right-sided congestive heart failure; hepatocellular carcinoma is a rarely reported outcome. In this study we present two female patients with congenital heart defects treated with the Fontan procedure who survived into their third decade, and developed hepatocellular carcinoma in the setting of cardiac cirrhosis. The Fontan procedure diverts blood from the inferior vena cava and superior vena cava to the pulmonary arteries, thereby increasing survival in infants born with a single effective ventricle. As such patients live longer, however elevated pulmonary and right-sided heart pressures cause chronic passive liver congestion and eventual cardiac cirrhosis. The two patients in this study had no risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma other than cardiac cirrhosis secondary to their prolonged survival after their Fontan procedure. In conclusion, we suggest that cardiac cirrhosis may be a risk factor for developing hepatocellular carcinoma and recommend close follow-up and hepatocellular carcinoma screening for patients with known right heart failure and passive hepatic congestion.
    European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology 07/2009; 22(7):889-91. · 1.66 Impact Factor
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma 07/2006; 47(6):1194-6. · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The effectiveness of cisplatinum and vinorelbine (PVn) as a salvage regimen in patients with metastatic breast cancer was reported in previous studies. This report is a pilot study assessing the antitumor efficacy and safety of this regimen as first line therapy for advanced breast cancer patients. Thirty-five patients were enrolled: 22 with metastatic breast carcinoma and 13 with locally advanced breast carcinoma (stage III). A total of 4 cycles of PVn were planned. After the 4th cycle, patients with metastatic breast cancer received vinorelbine biweekly until disease progression or for a total of 12 cycles, whereas those with locally advanced breast cancer who showed complete or partial response underwent curative surgery. The overall response rate of our whole population was 74.29%. For the metastatic breast cancer group, the overall response rate was 64%, with a median survival of 19 months (range 2-36). For the locally advanced breast cancer group, the overall response rate was 92.3% with a median time to disease progression of 26 months (range 25-27). Toxicity was acceptable, and no treatment-related mortality was encountered. PVn is effective as first line treatment of advanced breast cancer with overall response rate of 64% in metastatic breast cancer and 92.3% in locally advanced breast cancer, and acceptable toxicity.
    American journal of clinical oncology 09/2005; 28(4):393-8. · 2.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a hematological syndrome defined by the presence of thrombocytopenia and microangiopathic hemolytic anemia without a clinically apparent etiology. Patients may also suffer from fever in addition to neurological and renal impairment. Treatment should be initiated as soon as possible, otherwise this rare disease can be fatal. The main treatment options include therapeutic plasma exchange, fresh frozen plasma infusion, and adjuvant agents such as steroids and antiplatelet drugs. A search of patient records was carried out at the American University of Beirut Medical Center looking for patients who developed TTP over a 24-year period extending from 1980 to 2003. Relevant information was collected and analyzed. A total of 47 records were found. All presented with anemia and thrombocytopenia, 83% had neurological symptoms, 61.7% had fever and 34% had renal impairment. All patients were treated with a multimodality regimen including therapeutic plasma exchange, FFP infusion, steroids, antiplatelet agents, vincristine and others. 38 (81%) cases achieved complete remission. Out of these, 12 (31.6%) relapsed and responded to treatment. Patients who did not receive plasma exchange were more likely to relapse (P = 0.032). A second relapse was observed in 6 cases. The overall mortality rate from TTP over 24 years was 21.3%. TTP remains a fatal disease. A high index of suspicion should, therefore, always be present. Treatment options should be further developed and patients should directly be referred to tertiary care centers.
    Journal of Clinical Apheresis 02/2004; 19(3):119-24. · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women throughout the world. It is the leading cause of cancer death of women aged > 50 years. Cisplatin and vinorelbine are active as single agents in advanced breast cancer but their combination was not studied before. We conducted three phase II trials using this combination in advanced breast cancer. Hereby, we describe our experience over a 10-year period at the American University of Beirut using this combination in metastatic disease as 1st and 2nd line therapy as well as in the neoadjuvant setting in patients with locally advanced disease. Our data will be compared with other groups using the same regimen for the management of advanced breast carcinoma.
    Le Journal médical libanais. The Lebanese medical journal 01/2004; 52(3):126-30.