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Recchia F.,Civilian Hospital | Recchia F.,Carlo Ferri Foundation | Candeloro G.,Civilian Hospital | Rosselli M.,Civilian Hospital | And 8 more authors.
Anticancer Research | Year: 2015

Background: Premenopausal patients with breast cancer and more than 10 positive axillary nodes (BC>10) have a poor prognosis: In these patients the best adjuvant therapy (CT) has not yet been established. Patients and Methods: Forty-two BC>10 received, in sequence, the following adjuvant treatments: luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LH-RH) analog for 5 years; anthracycline-based induction chemotherapy; radiation therapy; platinum-based high-dose CT, with autologous bone marrow transplantation; immunotherapy with interleukin 2 (IL2) and 13-cis retinoic acid (RA); anastrazole given 5 years to estrogen receptorpositive patients. Primary endpoints of the study were diseasefree survival (DFS) and overall (OS) survival. A secondary endpoint was toxicity. Results. The median age of patients was 41 years, and the mean number of positive axillary nodes was 14. Estrogen and progesterone receptors were positive in 57% and 29% of patients respectively, while 14% of patients had triple-negative disease. With a median follow-up of 120 months for patients remaining alive at the end of study, median DFS and OS, had not yet been reached. The 20-year DFS and OS rates were 63.8%, and 81.6%, respectively. One to two years after the end of the therapy, three patients had had four fullterm pregnancies. Conclusion. Treatment with LH-RH analog, high-dose CT, peripheral blood progenitor cells and IL2 with RA for patients with BC>10 is feasible, has moderate toxicity, while preserving ovarian function, seems to improve the expected DFS and OS for these high-risk patients.


Recchia F.,Civilian Hospital | Recchia F.,Carlo Ferri Foundation | Passalacqua G.,Civilian Hospital | Filauri P.,Civilian Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Oncology Reports | Year: 2012

Chemoembolization with lipiodol (TACE) improves survival of selected patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but results in substantial toxicity. To improve treatment tolerance, we conducted this phase II study using doxorubicin-loaded beads (DC Beads®) delivered by selective transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (DEB-TACE). We compared the results with those obtained with TACE in our historical controls. Thirty-five patients were recruited with diagnoses of HCC. Patients received DEB-TACE with doxorubicin loaded on DC Beads. Computed tomography of the upper abdomen was performed one month after DEB-TACE. Historical controls were a group of 70 patients with matched characteristics treated with TACE. After a median follow-up of 14.1 months (range, 6-36 months), 22 patients (63%) had an objective response. There was a statistically significant decrease in liver enzymes (P<0.001), lactate dehydrogenase, (P<0.001) in DEB-TACE-treated patients compared to TACE-treated patients. DEB-TACE with doxorubicin-loaded DC Beads, a safe and reliable treatment for HCC, leads to decreased toxicity compared to TACE.


Recchia F.,Civilian Hospital | Recchia F.,Carlo Ferri Foundation | Candeloro G.,Civilian Hospital | Necozione S.,University of L'Aquila | And 5 more authors.
Oncology Letters | Year: 2013

Estradiol (E2) plays a key role in human reproduction through the induction of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and T-regulatory cells (T-Regs), which are also important in breast cancer (BC) growth. The primary endpoint of the present study was the investigation of whether E2 suppression, chemotherapy and radiation therapy decreased the levels of VEGF and T-Regs of premenopausal patients with high-risk early BC. The secondary endpoints were toxicity, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Between April 2003 and July 2008, 100 premenopausal women with early, high-risk BC were entered into the study. The characteristics of the patients were as follows: median age, 43 years (range, 26-45); median number of positive axillary nodes, 3.3; median Ki-67, 33%. Plasma E2, VEGF and T-Reg were measured at baseline and every year. Treatment comprised luteneizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) analogue, tailored chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy in oestrogen receptor-positive (ER+) tumours. At 4 years, a statistically significant decrease in E2, VEGF and T-Reg levels was observed; the PFS and OS rates were 94 and 98%, respectively. Hot flushes and G1 osteopenia occurred following LH-RH analogue administration, while no unexpected toxicity was observed following chemotherapy. E2 deprivation with an LH-RH analogue, tailored chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy in ER+ tumours decreased plasma VEGF levels and T-Regs numbers in premenopausal high-risk ER+ and ER- BC patients. In addition, a favorable impact on PFS and OS was observed.


Recchia F.,Civilian Hospital | Recchia F.,Carlo Ferri Foundation | Candeloro G.,Civilian Hospital | Necozione S.,University of L'Aquila | And 5 more authors.
Anticancer Research | Year: 2010

Background: Failure to eradicate all cancer stem cells, lymphocytopenia, and high levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) may explain the limited efficacy of high dose-chemotherapy (HDCT) with peripheral progenitor cell transplantation (PBPCT) in high-risk early breast cancer with more than 10 axillary nodes (HRBC). Patients and Methods: With the aim of increasing patient's lymphocyte count and reducing VEGF, wich could translate into an improved immune function and a better clinical outcome, patients with HRBC, received HDCT, PBPCT and immunotherapy with interleukin-2 (IL-2) and 13-cis retinoic acid (RA). Results: A total of 30 HRBC patients were entered into the study. Grade 4 hematological toxicity was universal, while major adverse effects of IL-2 were fever, rash and autoimmune reactions. After a median follow-up of 61 months, immune function improved with a statistically significant increase of lymphocyte count and a decrease in VEGF levels. This translated into an unexpected 5-year relapse-free and overall survival rates of 76% and 85%, respectively. Conclusion: These data show that IL-2 and RA administration after HDCT and PBPCT is feasible and, as well as giving a statistically significant improvement in lymphocyte count and a decrease of VEGF, also seems to improve the expected clinical outcome.


Recchia F.,Civilian Hospital | Recchia F.,Carlo Ferri Foundation | Necozione S.,University of L'Aquila | Bratta M.,Carlo Ferri Foundation | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Oncology | Year: 2015

To prevent premature ovarian failure (POF), high-risk, premenopausal women with early breast cancer were given a luteinizing-hormone releasing hormone (LH-RH) analogue during adjuvant chemotherapy. After an adriamycin-based regimen, patients received radiation therapy concomitant with cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and 5-fluorouracil. An aromatase inhibitor was given to patients positive for the estrogen receptor (ER+). The median age was 43 years (range, 26-45). Among 200 consecutive patients, 46% had no axillary node, and 54% had a mean of 5.4 positive nodes (range, 1-25); 56% were ER+, 44% were estrogen receptor negative (ER-), 13% were triple negative, and 20 had tumors positive for the oncogene, c-erb-B2 (identified with fluorescent in situ hybridization). After a median follow-up of 105 months (range, 65-180), no patient under 40 years old exhibited POF, while 44% of patients over 40 years old exhibited POF. Eight pregnancies were recorded: 7 at term and 1 voluntary interruption. The 10-year disease-free survival and overall survival rates were 85 and 91%, respectively. These data showed that, in premenopausal patients with early breast cancer, the addition of an LH-RH analogue to adjuvant chemotherapy was well tolerated, prevented POF, and was associated with excellent disease-free survival and overall survival rates.


Recchia F.,Civilian Hospital | Recchia F.,Carlo Ferri Foundation | Candeloro G.,Civilian Hospital | Necozione S.,University of L'Aquila | And 5 more authors.
Anticancer Research | Year: 2011

Background: Poor prognosis is associated with estrogen- andlor progesterone receptor-positive (ER+, PGR+) premenopausal breast cancer (PM-BC) with high Ki-67 labeling index and extensive axillary lymph node involvement. The role of adjuvant chemotherapy (CT) and hormonal therapy have not yet been established in these patients. Patients and Methods: Twenty-five PM-BC patients received, in sequence, leuprorelin, taxane-anthracycline induction chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a platinum-based intensification high-dose CT, followed by leuprorelin and anastrazole for five years. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels were measured as the primary end-point; secondary end-points were 10-year relapse-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) rates. Results: The median patient age was 44 years, and the mean number of positive axillary nodes was 14. All patients were ER+ and/or PGR+, with a median Ki-67 index of 33%. Five patients were Cerb-B2 positive. Grade 4 hematologic toxicity was observed in all patients, no patient showed a decrease of cardiac ejection fraction and hot flashes and arthralgias were of moderate intensity. After a median follow-up of 70 months, VEGF levels significantly decreased (p<0.001); 10-year RFS and OS were 76% and 78%, respectively. Conclusion: Total estrogen blockade and high-dose CT in PM-BC patients is feasible, has moderate toxicity, significantly reduces VEGF levels, and seems to improve the expected RFS and OS.

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