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Morabito A.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Gebbia V.,Casa di Cura and La Maddalena | Di Maio M.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Cinieri S.,A. Perrino Hospital | And 20 more authors.
Lung Cancer

Platinum-based chemotherapy is the standard treatment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but the evidence of its efficacy among ECOG performance status (PS)2 patients is weak because these patients are usually excluded from clinical trials; concern exists about tolerability and feasibility of standard chemotherapy in these patients. No prospective randomized trial has tested the addition of cisplatin to single-agent chemotherapy in patients with advanced NSCLC and PS2. CAPPA-2 was a multicenter, randomized phase 3 study for first-line treatment of PS2 patients with advanced NSCLC. Patients, aged 18-70, were eligible if they had stage IV or IIIB with malignant pleural effusion or metastatic supraclavicular nodes (TNM VI edition) and adequate organ function. Patients in standard arm received gemcitabine 1200mg/m2 days 1 and 8. Patients in experimental arm received cisplatin 60mg/m2 day 1 plus gemcitabine 1000mg/m2 days 1 and 8. All treatments were repeated every 3 weeks, up to 4 cycles, unless disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Primary endpoint was overall survival (OS). To have 80% power of detecting hazard ratio (HR) 0.71, corresponding to an increase in median OS from 4.8 to 6.8 months, 285 deaths were required. The study was stopped in June 2012 after the enrolment of 57 patients, due to the slow accrual and the report of positive results from a similar study. Median OS was 3.0 months with single-agent gemcitabine and 5.9 months with cisplatin plus gemcitabine (HR 0.52, 95% CI 0.28-0.98, p=0.039). Combination chemotherapy produced longer PFS (median 1.7 vs. 3.3 months, HR 0.49, 95% CI 0.27-0.89, p=0.017) and higher response rate (4% vs. 18%, p=0.19), without substantial increase in toxicity. The addition of cisplatin to single-agent gemcitabine improves survival as first-line treatment of PS2 patients with advanced NSCLC. © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Source

Palazzo S.,Mariano Santo Hospital | Jirillo A.,Unit of Innovative Antitumoral Drugs | Mazurek M.,Unit of Innovative Antitumoral Drugs
Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

Introduction: Green oncology is a new conceptual and operational paradigm of oncology, which compared to the traditional biomedical model focused on the interest of a single patient and on its exclusive relationship with the doctor, represents a complex evolutionary step towards clinical activities that have to be eco-responsible of the potential current and future impact on the human, professional, structural, technological, and organizational environment, where they arise, as well as on the biosphere. Definition: Green oncology works through ethical and managerial choices that incorporate, besides the traditional criteria of efficiency and effectiveness, the criterion of cultural, economic, environmental, and social sustainability as they are fair, livable, and possible to be realized. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

Turano S.,Mariano Santo Hospital | Mastroianni C.,Mariano Santo Hospital | Manfredi C.,Mariano Santo Hospital | Biamonte R.,Mariano Santo Hospital | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology

The esthesioneuroblastoma is a rare neuroendocrine tumor that derives from the olfactory cells. In the last 20 years, around 1,000 cases have been described, with an overall survival rate of 60-70% at 5 years. The most common symptoms are nasal bleeding, nasal clogging and, in locally advanced cases, signs/symptoms of intracranic hypertension such as papilla edema, cefalea, and vomiting. The standard treatments are surgery and radiotherapy. Chemotherapy can be used in an adjuvant/neoadjuvant setting and in the metastatic phase, even if its role is still not established with certainty. Here, the case is reported of a young man (38 years old) with a locally advanced esthesioneuroblastoma. Two months before coming to our clinic, he had been treated elsewhere with debulking surgery through bilateral frontal craniotomy. After surgery, MRI showed residual disease in the nasal cavities and in the medial wall of the orbits responsible for blindness and bilateral exophthalmos within a month: a very short time. Octreoscan and whole body CT scan confirmed a locally advanced disease, in the absence of metastases. Chemotherapy was begun with cisplatin and etoposide alternated with doxorubicin, ifosfamide and vincristine with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) support after every cycle. Soon after the first cycle, an important reduction of pain and decrease of the exophthalmos and vertigos was observed. No improvement in blindness was seen. The patient is still stable after 24 months of follow up. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

Scagliotti G.V.,University of Turin | Kosmidis P.,Hygeia Hospital | De Marinis F.,Pulmonary Oncological Unit | Schreurs A.J.M.,Robert Bosch GmbH | And 8 more authors.
Annals of Oncology

Background: Bone metastases are common in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and can have devastating consequences. Preventing or delaying bone metastases may improve outcomes. Patients and methods: This study evaluated whether zoledronic acid (ZOL) delayed disease progression or recurrence in patients with controlled stage IIIA/B NSCLC after first-line therapy. Patients received vitamin D and calcium supplementation and were randomized to i.v. ZOL (every 3-4 weeks) or no treatment (control). The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS). Results: No significant intergroup differences were observed in PFS or overall survival (OS). Median PFS was 9.0 months with ZOL versus 11.3 months for control. Fifteen ZOL-treated (6.6%) and 19 control patients (9.0%) developed bone metastases. Estimated 1-year OS was 81.8% for each group. ZOL safety profile was consistent with previous clinical data, but with higher discontinuations versus control. Fifteen ZOL-treated (6.6%) and five control patients (2.3%) had renal adverse events. Two cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw were reported. Conclusions: ZOL did not significantly affect PFS or OS in stage IIIA/B NSCLC patients with controlled disease, with a trend toward worsening PFS in the longer-term follow-up. Few patients experienced bone metastases, possibly limiting the potential ZOL impact on disease course. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. Source

Morasso G.,IRCCS AOU San Martino IST | Caruso A.,Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri | Belbusti V.,Adamo Onlus Oncological Home Care Assistance Association | Carucci T.,Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri | And 9 more authors.

Aims and Background: This study is aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of a physician-centered communication skills training program on cancer patient anxiety levels. Methods and Study design: In this quasi-experimental study, physicians from 9 units of 5 general hospitals and 1 cancer research institute were recruited. The unit heads chose which physicians would attend the training program (treatment group) and which would not (control group). The effectiveness of the course was evaluated by assessing the evolution of state anxiety in a sample of cancer patients before and after clinical consultations. Results: Thirty-eight physicians and 339 outpatients were assessed. Patients from the treatment and control groups did not differ in pre-examination anxiety or psychological distress levels. Patients examined by physicians from the treatment group displayed a higher decrease in state-anxiety levels compared with those examined by physicians from the control group. A higher proportion of high anxiety levels was found in women, in less educated patients, and in those with a high distress level. Conclusions: Our findings suggest the effectiveness of the communication skills training program with reference to patient anxiety levels. Given the potential gap between training and clinical impact, further studies investigating the effect of communication training on patient outcomes are needed. © 2015 INTM, Italy. Published by Wichtig Publishing. Source

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