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Dunkel I.J.,Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Gardner S.L.,New York University | Garvin Jr. J.H.,Presbyterian College | Goldman S.,Childrens Memorial Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2010

Recurrent medulloblastoma is highly lethal in previously irradiated patients. Previously irradiated patients with M-0-M-3 recurrences who achieved a minimal disease state prior to protocol enrollment received carboplatin (Calvert formula with area under the curve = 7 mg/ mL min, maximum 500 mg/m 2/day) on days -8 to -6, and thiotepa (300 mg/m2/day) and etoposide (250 mg/m2/day) on days -5 to -3, followed by autologous stem cell rescue (ASCR) on day 0. Twenty-five patients, aged 7.6-44.7 years (median 13.8 years) at ASCR, were treated. Three (12%) died of treatmentrelated toxicities within 30 days of ASCR, due to multiorgan system failure (n = 2) and aspergillus infection with veno-occlusive disease (n = 1). Tumor recurred in 16 at a median of 8.5 months (range 2.3-58.5 months). Six are event-free survivors at a median of 151.2 months post-ASCR (range 127.2-201.6 months). The Kaplan-Meier estimate of median overall survival is 26.8 months (95% CI: 11.9-51.1 months) and of event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival are both 24% (95% CI: 9.8%-41.7%) at 10 years post-ASCR. M-0 (vs M-1 + ) recurrence prior to protocol, lack of tissue confirmation of relapse, and initial therapy of radiation therapy (RT) alone (vs RT + chemotherapy) were not significantly associated with better EFS (P = .33, .34, and .27, respectively). Trends toward better EFS were noted in patients (n = 5) who received additional RT as part of their retrieval therapy (P = .07) and whose recurrent disease was demonstrated to be sensitive to reinduction chemotherapy (P = .09). This retrieval strategy provides longterm EFS for some patients with previously irradiated recurrent medulloblastoma. The use of additional RT may be associated with better outcome. © The Author(s) 2010. Source

Gomperts E.,Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles
Expert Review of Hematology | Year: 2015

Hemophilia A is an inherited deficiency of clotting factor VIII (FVIII) often complicated by inhibitor development (CHAWI) in which neutralizing antibodies block the therapeutic benefit of replacement therapy. Inhibitors to FVIII can also be seen in an auto-immune disease known as acquired hemophilia A (AHA). 'Bypassing' therapies have been shown to provide hemostasis but dosing must be done empirically because current assays cannot measure objective markers of treatment efficacy and safety. A recombinant porcine sequence factor VIII (r-pFVIII) has been developed for the management of AHA. Preclinical, Phase I and Phase II clinical research studies in CHAWI subjects showed therapeutic potential and safety of this agent. A Phase II/III study in AHA with serious bleeding episodes shows a positive response in all subjects after administration. Based on current preclinical and clinical trial data, r-pFVIII should become the first line of treatment in the management of hemorrhage in patients with AHA. © 2015 Informa UK Ltd. Source

California Institute of Technology and Childrens Hospital Of Los Angeles | Date: 2015-01-26

The present invention is directed to sulfonic esters of metal oxides including those of formulas I and II:

Wood J.C.,Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles
Hematology | Year: 2014

Both primary and secondary iron overload are increasingly prevalent in the United States because of immigration from the Far East, increasing transfusion therapy in sickle cell disease, and improved survivorship of hematologic malignancies. This chapter describes the use of historical data, serological measures, and MRI to estimate somatic iron burden. Before chelation therapy, transfusional volume is an accurate method for estimating liver iron burden, whereas transferrin saturation reflects the risk of extrahepatic iron deposition. In chronically transfused patients, trends in serum ferritin are helpful, inexpensive guides to relative changes in somatic iron stores. However, intersubject variability is quite high and ferritin values may change disparately from trends in total body iron load over periods of several years. Liver biopsy was once used to anchor trends in serum ferritin, but it is invasive and plagued by sampling variability. As a result, we recommend annual liver iron concentration measurements by MRI for all patients on chronic transfusion therapy. Furthermore, it is important to measure cardiac T2∗ by MRI every 6-24 months depending on the clinical risk of cardiac iron deposition. Recent validation data for pancreas and pituitary iron assessments are also presented, but further confirmatory data are suggested before these techniques can be recommended for routine clinical use. Source

Childrens Hospital Of Los Angeles and California Institute of Technology | Date: 2014-02-12

The present invention is directed to sulfonic esters of metal oxides including those of formulas I and II:

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