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  1. Synchronous bilateral Wilms tumor: a report from the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP).

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    Indolfi, Paolo; Jenkner, Alessandro; Terenziani, Monica; Crocoli, Alessandro; Serra, Annalisa; Collini, Paola; Biasoni, Davide; Gandola, Lorenza; Bisogno, Gianni; Cecchetto, Giovanni; Di Martino, Martina; D'Angelo, Paolo; Bianchi, Maurizio; Conte, Massimo; Inserra, Alessandro; Pession, Andrea; Spreafico, Filippo

    2013-04-15

    The optimal management of bilateral Wilms tumor (BWT) is challenging, and their survival is lower than for unilateral tumors. This report discusses a large series of BWTs treated in Italy in the last 2 decades. This analysis concerns patients with synchronous BWT registered at Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) centers between 1990 and 2011; details on their treatment and outcome are presented and discussed. Ninety BWTs were registered in the AIEOP Wilms tumor database. Preoperative chemotherapy was given for a median 12 weeks before definitive tumor resection was attempted. Forty-eight percent of the patients had preservation of bilateral renal parenchyma. The proportion of bilateral nephron-sparing surgeries was not higher in the 37 patients initially given doxorubicin/vincristine/actinomycin D (32%) than in the 43 children receiving vincristine/actinomycin D alone (58%). The 4-year disease-free survival rate was 66.5% ± 5% and overall survival was 80% ± 5% for the cohort as a whole. The 4-year disease-free survival (overall survival) for 18 children with diffuse anaplasia or postchemotherapy blastemal-type tumors was 51% ± 13% (62% ± 13%), as opposed to 72% ± 3% (88% ± 4%) for 68 children with a favorable histology (log-rank P = .04 [P = .007]). These results provide further evidence that the optimal duration and choice of drugs for preoperative chemotherapy remain an open question. Outcome remained significantly worse for BWT than for unilateral Wilms tumor. To enable the conservative treatment of as many affected kidneys as possible, only centers with experience in BWT should manage such cases. Copyright © 2013 American Cancer Society.

  2. Juvenile chronic myelogenous leukemia: report of the Italian Registry. Associazione Italiana di Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP).

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    Aricò, M; Bossi, G; Schirò, R; Galimberti, M; Longoni, D; Macchia, P; Miniero, R; Natale, D; Pession, A; Pillon, M

    1993-01-01

    Since juvenile chronic myeloid leukemia (JCML) represents no more than 2% of leukemia in children, clinical and investigative experience of this disorder has been limited. In order to evaluate the diagnostic criteria currently applied, to provide centralized facilities for blood culture and to collect data on treatment, and to propose a uniform treatment protocol in our country, a National Registry for JCML was recently established in the "Associazione Italiana di Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica" (AIEOP). Out of the 24 cases reported from 9/35 centres, 22 were considered sufficiently documented and were enrolled in the Registry. Clonogenic assay on marrow and peripheral blood cells was performed in all available cases. Common features were non-specific clinical (fever, splenomegaly, hepatomegaly, lymphadenomegaly) and hematologic alterations (anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukocytosis usually < 50 x 10(9)/l, monocytosis, circulating immature granulocytes, increased HbF, normal karyotype). In 11 out of 11 cases, in vitro blood cultures showed the spontaneous growth of CFU-C in the absence of any exogenous source of colony-stimulating activity. Twelve of the 22 patients (55%) are alive (probability of survival 47.7%); most patients were treated according to an acute myeloid leukemia-directed schedule; 5/7 children treated with interferon were alive with disease after a median time of 29 months from diagnosis (range 8-95 months); 4/5 children who underwent bone marrow transplantation were alive in complete remission 10, 24, 42 and 118 months, after the diagnosis. Age < 1 year at presentation was the most significant prognostic factor in terms of probability of survival (80% vs 28%; p = 0.0024). JCML must be considered in young children for whom acute leukemia has been suspected but ruled out; in vitro cultures should be considered mandatory to confirm the diagnosis. Age less than one year at the presentation was associated with prolonged survival. Only bone marrow

  3. Congenital and acquired neutropenia consensus guidelines on diagnosis from the Neutropenia Committee of the Marrow Failure Syndrome Group of the AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica).

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    Fioredda, Francesca; Calvillo, Michaela; Bonanomi, Sonia; Coliva, Tiziana; Tucci, Fabio; Farruggia, Piero; Pillon, Marta; Martire, Baldassarre; Ghilardi, Roberta; Ramenghi, Ugo; Renga, Daniela; Menna, Giuseppe; Barone, Angelica; Lanciotti, Marina; Dufour, Carlo

    2011-07-15

    Congenital and acquired neutropenia are rare disorders whose frequency in pediatric age may be underestimated due to remarkable differences in definition or misdiagnosed because of the lack of common practice guidelines. Neutropenia Committee of the Marrow Failure Syndrome Group (MFSG) of the AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica) elaborated this document following design and methodology formerly approved by the AIEOP board. The panel of experts reviewed the literature on the topic and participated in a conference producing a document which includes a classification of neutropenia and a comprehensive guideline on diagnosis of neutropenia. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  4. Acute childhood idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: AIEOP consensus guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica.

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    De Mattia, D; Del Principe, D; Del Vecchio, G C; Jankovic, M; Arrighini, A; Giordano, P; Menichelli, A; Mori, P; Zecca, M; Pession, A

    2000-04-01

    A recent evaluation carried out by the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) about practice management of acute childhood idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) revealed a remarkable difference of behaviors among the different AIEOP centers. A need for common practice guidelines for this frequent illness arose from this observation. Our aim was to make the diagnosis and treatment of childhood ITP uniform. In the future we will evaluate the influence of these guidelines on practice behaviors. Our main reference was the 1996 document produced by the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Their recommendations were updated with information from literature searched for in the MEDLINE database (June 1996-October 1998); search terms included: thrombocytopenia, ITP, diagnosis, therapy, children. The computerized search retrieved 83 articles. the scientific validity of the literature was evaluated by a panel of members using published guidelines. The strength of the evidence was assessed using level of evidence criteria. Only data from level I and level II studies were taken in account. Only one study out of the 83 retrieved articles met these selection criteria and it was considered in addition to the 11 out of 581 articles selected in the ASH ITP guidelines. This preliminary work pointed out each issue about ITP not addressed by clinical studies and all participants in a Consensus Conference expressed their opinion about these issues. Diagnosis is essentially based on history, physical examination, a complete blood count and an examination of the peripheral blood smear. Treatment is recommended taking into account the clinical picture and number of platelets. The main difference between these guidelines and those from ASH are: AIEOP guidelines rely on the opinion of the members of the consensus conference, ASH ones on a panel of experts; therapeutic options include only products available in Italy; the indications to treatment rely more on

  5. Heterogeneity of disease classified as stage III in Wilms tumor: a report from the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP).

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    Spreafico, Filippo; Gandola, Lorenza; D'Angelo, Paolo; Terenziani, Monica; Collini, Paola; Bianchi, Maurizio; Provenzi, Massimo; Indolfi, Paolo; Pession, Andrea; Nantron, Marilina; Di Cataldo, Andrea; Marchianò, Alfonso; Catania, Serena; Fossati Bellani, Franca; Piva, Luigi

    2012-01-01

    We analyzed whether the prognosis can differ among Wilms tumors (WT) labeled as Stage III according to currently adopted classification systems. Patients with nonanaplastic Stage III WT consecutively registered in two Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) trials (CNR-92, TW-2003) were the subjects in the present analysis. The steady mainstay of therapy was primary nephrectomy, followed by three-drug chemotherapy with vincristine, dactinomycin, doxorubicin, and abdominal radiotherapy (RT). Ninety-nine WT patients met the criteria for classification as Stage III according to a revised version of the National Wilms Tumor Study-3 staging system (51 patients in CNR-92, 48 patients in TW-2003). Regional lymph nodes (LN) were not biopsied in 16 patients. After a median follow-up of 66 months, the 4-year disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates were 85% ± 4% and 92% ± 3%, respectively, for the whole group. For 38 children with positive LN, the 4-year DFS rate was 73% ± 7%, as opposed to 98% ± 2% for the 45 children with Stage III WT according to the other criteria but with negative biopsied LN (p = 0.001). The subgroup with the worst prognosis consisted of children more than 2 years old with positive LN (DFS 67% ± 8%). A delay between surgery and RT > 30 days had an adverse impact on the abdominal tumor relapse rate. This study provides further evidence that Stage III tumors with LN metastases might be distinguished from WTs meeting the other criteria for classification as Stage III. The worse outcome of the former may warrant a prospective study on the effects of intensified therapy. A subclassification of Stage III tumors is discussed. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Heterogeneity of Disease Classified as Stage III in Wilms Tumor: A Report From the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP)

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    Spreafico, Filippo; Gandola, Lorenza; Terenziani, Monica; Collini, Paola; Bianchi, Maurizio; Provenzi, Massimo; Indolfi, Paolo; Pession, Andrea; Nantron, Marilina; Di Cataldo, Andrea; Marchiano, Alfonso; Piva, Luigi

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: We analyzed whether the prognosis can differ among Wilms tumors (WT) labeled as Stage III according to currently adopted classification systems. Methods and Materials: Patients with nonanaplastic Stage III WT consecutively registered in two Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) trials (CNR-92, TW-2003) were the subjects in the present analysis. The steady mainstay of therapy was primary nephrectomy, followed by three-drug chemotherapy with vincristine, dactinomycin, doxorubicin, and abdominal radiotherapy (RT). Results: Ninety-nine WT patients met the criteria for classification as Stage III according to a revised version of the National Wilms Tumor Study-3 staging system (51 patients in CNR-92, 48 patients in TW-2003). Regional lymph nodes (LN) were not biopsied in 16 patients. After a median follow-up of 66 months, the 4-year disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates were 85% {+-} 4% and 92% {+-} 3%, respectively, for the whole group. For 38 children with positive LN, the 4-year DFS rate was 73% {+-} 7%, as opposed to 98% {+-} 2% for the 45 children with Stage III WT according to the other criteria but with negative biopsied LN (p = 0.001). The subgroup with the worst prognosis consisted of children more than 2 years old with positive LN (DFS 67% {+-} 8%). A delay between surgery and RT > 30 days had an adverse impact on the abdominal tumor relapse rate. Conclusions: This study provides further evidence that Stage III tumors with LN metastases might be distinguished from WTs meeting the other criteria for classification as Stage III. The worse outcome of the former may warrant a prospective study on the effects of intensified therapy. A subclassification of Stage III tumors is discussed.

  7. Autologous bone marrow transplantation for treatment of isolated central nervous system relapse of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. AIEOP/FONOP-TMO group. Associzione Italiana Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica.

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    Messina, C; Valsecchi, M G; Aricò, M; Locatelli, F; Rossetti, F; Rondelli, R; Cesaro, S; Uderzo, C; Conter, V; Pession, A; Sotti, G; Loiacono, G; Santoro, N; Miniero, R; Dini, G; Favre, C; Meloni, G; Testi, A M; Werner, B; Silvestri, D; Arrighini, A; Varotto, S; Pillon, M; Basso, G; Zanesco, L

    1998-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the role of ABMT in children with ALL who are in 2nd CR after an early isolated CNS relapse. All children experiencing an isolated CNS relapse at 10 AIEOP centers (Associazione Italiana Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica) from 1986 to 1992 were eligible for this study. The series included 69 patients who relapsed within 3 years from diagnosis: 19 underwent ABMT, nine patients underwent ALLO-BMT from an HLA-identical sibling, and 41 received conventional chemotherapy (CHEMO). Statistical analysis was performed using a Cox's regression model, adjusting for the waiting time before transplantation and prognostic factors. The 5 years DFS was 56.3% (s.e. 12.3) for patients in the ABMT group. This compared favorably with the poor result (12.6% (s.e. 5.9)) seen in the CHEMO group. The risk of failures was reduced by one-third in the ABMT group as compared to the CHEMO group in the multivariate analysis (P < 0.01). In the ALLO group four out of nine patients were in CCR 4-5 years post-transplant. This study suggests that ABMT may also represent a valuable therapeutic choice for patients lacking a matched familiar donor in 2nd CR after an early isolated CNS relapse.

  8. Treating childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL): summary of ten years' experience in Italy. ALL Steering Committee of the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP).

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    Paolucci, G; Masera, G; Vecchi, V; Marsoni, S; Pession, A; Zurlo, M G

    1989-01-01

    Between 1976 and 1986, 2,093 children with ALL were enrolled in three consecutive generations of trials conducted by the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP). A 50% event-free survival at 5 years was achieved overall in this population, approximately accounting for more than 50% of the entire childhood ALL population in Italy. Participation in the group protocols increased from the original seven founding centers to the current 37 institutions. Results in the standard population (non-T immunophenotype, non-FAB L3, and less than 50,000 white blood cells (WBC/ml) were considerably better with more recent, more aggressive protocols. The two major results in this population (N = 540) were a relatively low incidence (8% at 5 years) of central nervous system (CNS) relapse in the "good"-risk population (less than 10,000 WBC, ages 3-6 years, and FAB L1), without the use of cranial irradiation, and a projected 4-year disease-free interval for bone-marrow relapse of 80% in the "average"-risk group, where a three-drug reinduction program was adopted after consolidation. Overall, the event-free survival of the most recent generation (protocol 82, median follow-up time of 38 months) is 66% at 4 years (95% confidence limits [CL] 61-71). Based on these 10 years of experience, the general strategy of the group for the 90s is outlined and discussed.

  9. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in childhood: report from the bone marrow transplantation group of the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP).

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    Pession, A; Rondelli, R; Paolucci, P; Pastore, G; Dini, G; Bonetti, F; Madon, E; Mandelli, F; Zanesco, L; Uderzo, C; Prete, A; Rabusin, M; Ugazio, A; Di Bartolomeo, P; Favre, C; Bojd-Faulkner, L; Poggi, V; Luksch, R; Donfrancesco, A; Argiolu, F; La Nasa, G; Amici, A; Locatelli, F

    2000-06-01

    Transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells from different sources is being increasingly used to treat a variety of diseases in children. Transplant procedures and indications have changed considerably during recent years. Monitoring of information about these changes is useful for interpretation of nationwide collected data. Since 1985, Centers belonging to the AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica), performing hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) in children, and members of the AIEOP-Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Group annually report data on their transplant activity to the AIEOP-BMT Registry employing specially prepared patient-oriented forms. From January 1985 to December 1998, a total of 2,474 bone marrow (BM), peripheral blood (PB) or umbilical cord blood (CB) transplants were reported: 1,296 (52%) were allogeneic (Allo) and 1,178 (48%) autologous (Auto) transplants. These transplants were performed in 19 Italian Centers on 2,249 patients aged less than 17 years. Among Allo-transplants, 1,198 (92%) were performed using BM progenitor cells, whereas 49 (4%) CB, 42 (3%) were PB, 4 BM plus PB, and 3 BM plus CB allografts; they were performed using HLA-identical sibling donors in 867 cases (67%) and alternative donors (i.e. partially-matched relatives or unrelated donors) in the remaining 429 (33%) cases. Allogeneic transplants were performed on 786 (67%) patients with malignancy and on 395 (33%) patients with non-malignant disorders. In the last 6 years, the number of Allo-transplants per year exceeded that of Auto-transplants. Of the Auto-transplants, 775 (66%) were performed using BM, and 403 (34%) using PB alone or combined with BM hematopoietic stem cells. Indications for Auto-BMT were myelo-lymphoproliferative disorders in 524 (49%) cases, solid tumor in 533 (50%) cases and non-malignant disease in 11 (1%) cases. In the last 5 years, the use of PB for autografts has increased from 7% to 70%. These data reflect the development and

  10. Teratoma with a malignant somatic component in pediatric patients: the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) experience.

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    Terenziani, Monica; D'Angelo, Paolo; Bisogno, Gianni; Boldrini, Renata; Cecchetto, Giovanni; Collini, Paola; Conte, Massimo; De Laurentis, Tina; Ilari, Ilaria; Indolfi, Paolo; Inserra, Alessandro; Piva, Luigi; Siracusa, Fortunato; Spreafico, Filippo; Tamaro, Paolo; Lo Curto, Margherita

    2010-04-01

    Teratoma with a malignant somatic component (TMSC) is rare but described in adults, whereas information on pediatric presentation is sparse. The Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica identified 14 cases of TMSC. Clinical files and pathology specimens were reviewed. The series (9 female, 5 male) showed the following disease: testis (2), sacrococcygeal (3), ovary (3), retroperitoneum (3), mediastinum (2), and foot soft tissue (1). Distribution of the somatic component was: carcinoma (4), pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (1), neuroblastoma (3), rhabdomyosarcoma (3), rhabdomyosarcoma plus liposarcoma, chondrosarcoma, neurogenic sarcoma (1), chondrosarcoma plus neuroectodermal sarcoma (1), malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (1). Three patients were in stage I, four in stage II, three in stage III, and four in stage IV. All but one patient underwent surgery and only females showed carcinoma components. Nine patients relapsed or progressed and eight died. Six patients are alive and disease-free. Two patients underwent complete resection and four were treated based on transformed histologies. Relapse-free and overall survival rates were 35.7% and 42.8%, respectively (median follow-up, 31 months). Prognosis for germ cell tumors (GCTs) containing MSC is worse than that for GCTs. The pediatric disease appears to be more heterogeneous in tumor site distribution and MSC histology than in adults. Our series suggests no effects of age, histology, or gender on outcome. Surgery has an essential role in localized disease, with complete resection highly desirable. Chemotherapy optimized for histology should include reagents directed to the somatic malignancy, if chemosensitive. Malignant GCT warrants GCT-directed chemotherapy.

  11. Congenital and acquired neutropenias consensus guidelines on therapy and follow-up in childhood from the Neutropenia Committee of the Marrow Failure Syndrome Group of the AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica).

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    Fioredda, Francesca; Calvillo, Michaela; Bonanomi, Sonia; Coliva, Tiziana; Tucci, Fabio; Farruggia, Piero; Pillon, Marta; Martire, Baldassarre; Ghilardi, Roberta; Ramenghi, Ugo; Renga, Daniela; Menna, Giuseppe; Pusiol, Anna; Barone, Angelica; Gambineri, Eleonora; Palazzi, Giovanni; Casazza, Gabriella; Lanciotti, Marina; Dufour, Carlo

    2012-02-01

    The management of congenital and acquired neutropenias presents some differences according to the type of the disease. Treatment with recombinant human granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) is not standardized and scanty data are available on the best schedule to apply. The frequency and the type of longitudinal controls in patients affected with neutropenias are not usually discussed in the literature. The Neutropenia Committee of the Marrow Failure Syndrome Group (MFSG) of the Associazione Italiana di Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) elaborated this document following design and methodology formerly approved by the AIEOP board. The panel of experts reviewed the literature on the topic and participated in a conference producing a document that includes recommendations on neutropenia treatment and timing of follow-up.

  12. Intensive BFM chemotherapy for childhood ALL: interim analysis of the AIEOP-ALL 91 study. Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica.

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    Conter, V; Aricò, M; Valsecchi, M G; Rizzari, C; Testi, A; Miniero, R; Di Tullio, M T; Lo Nigro, L; Pession, A; Rondelli, R; Messina, C; Santoro, N; Mori, P G; De Rossi, G; Tamaro, P; Silvestri, D; Biondi, A; Basso, G; Masera, G

    1998-09-01

    Since 1988 the AIEOP has used BFM-based chemotherapy for childhood ALL. Current organization and results and role of cranial irradiation in the AIEOP-ALL 91 study are reported. From 1991 to 1995, 1194 children (< 15 years) with non-B ALL, were enrolled and assigned to the standard risk [SR: age > 1 year, non-T-ALL, BFM risk factor (RF) < 0.8], intermediate risk (IR: RF > or = 0.8 but < 1.7, or with RF < 0.8 and age < 1 year, or T-ALL), or high risk [HR: RF > or = 1.7, or t(9;22), or t(4;11) or prednisone poor response or late response or CNS involvement] groups. All patients received initially protocol Ia. Thereafter SR patients received HD-MTX 2 g/m2, a modified protocol II, and continuation therapy with triple intrathecal chemotherapy (TIT); IR patients received protocol Ib, HD-MTX 5 g/m2, protocol II and continuation therapy with TIT; HR patients received 9 polychemotherapy blocks, cranial irradiation and continuation therapy. Duration of treatment was 24 months. A randomized study was conducted to evaluate the impact of high-dose asparaginase in non high risk patients: the results of this study cannot be disclosed yet. One thousand one hundred and fifty-two (96.5%) patients achieved CR. Overall EFS (SE) at 5-years was 71.0% (1.4), with a survival of 80.3% (1.3). Relapse occurred in 262 children (21.9%), either in the marrow (n = 192 isolated and 32 with other sites, 18.7%), in the CNS (n = 18, 1.5%), or elsewhere (n = 20, 1.7%). 5-year EFS (SE) was 83.3% (2.4) in SR, 74.7% (1.8) in IR, and 39.7% (3.5) in HR groups, respectively. Overall cure rate was higher than in the previous AIEOP-ALL 88 study. Treatment intensification with polychemotherapy blocks did not improve results in HR. Cranial irradiation can be safely omitted in over 80% of children treated with BFM based chemotherapy.

  13. Good steroid response in vivo predicts a favorable outcome in children with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP).

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    Aricò, M; Basso, G; Mandelli, F; Rizzari, C; Colella, R; Barisone, E; Zanesco, L; Rondelli, R; Pession, A; Masera, G

    1995-04-01

    Improved outcome of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who received intensive chemotherapy was observed by the Italian Association for Pediatric Hematology Oncology (AIEOP). To verify if this improved outcome was also extended to T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) patients after introduction of intensive chemotherapy, treatment responses of 2011 patients, including 184 with T-ALL treated over the decade 1982-1991, were analyzed. Further, the potential use of the association of presenting clinical and biologic features with treatment outcome to determine risk factors that might be useful for planning risk-directed therapeutic studies was analyzed. Of the 2011 children consecutively entered on the three sequential AIEOP trials ('82, '87, and '88), 1528 (76%) had successful immunologic studies of the bone marrow blasts. One hundred eighty-four (12%) had T-ALL. During these studies, four consecutive high-risk ALL treatment protocols (i.e., 8303, 8503, 8703, and 8803) were used. Because the treatment schedule in protocols 8503 and 8703 were almost identical, those patients were grouped together for the purpose of survival analysis. The 137 boys and 47 girls ranged in age from 16 months to 15.5 years (median, 7.8 years) at diagnosis, and 38% had a mediastinal mass. The rates of treatment response [i.e. complete remission (CR) and event free survival (EFS) rates] were compared for patients with T-ALL or B-cell progenitor ALL, overall and by individual study. Presenting features and early response to steroid monotherapy were also tested as possible prognostic factors. Overall, the CR rate was 94%, and the 7-year survival (SE) was 51.9% (4.2). T-ALL patients had a significantly worse outcome than B-lineage ALL patients [7-year EFS 40.4% (5.2) vs. 61.7% (1.7), P < 0.001]. Progressive improvement in EFS for T-ALL patients treated during 1 decade was observed, with 7-year EFS (SE) of 23.2% (8.3) for protocol 8303, 5-year EFS of 39.5% (7.1) for combined

  14. Unrelated donor marrow transplantation in childhood: a report from the Associazione Italiana Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) and the Gruppo Italiano per il Trapianto Midollo Osseo (GITMO).

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    Dini, Giorgio; Cancedda, Roberta; Giorgiani, Giovanna; Porta, Fulvio; Messina, Chiara; Uderzo, Cornelio; Pession, Andrea; Fagioli, Franca; La Nasa, Giorgio; Arcese, William; Pollichieni, Simona; Zecca, Marco; Lanino, Edoardo; Mazzolari, Evelina; Cesaro, Simone; Balduzzi, Adriana; Rondelli, Roberto; Vassallo, Elena; Cappelli, Barbara; Locatelli, Franco

    2002-08-01

    Unrelated donor bone marrow transplant (UD-BMT) has become an attractive, alternative source of hematopoietic cells for patients lacking a matched sibling. The aim of this paper is to report on 520 patients below 19 years of age undergoing UD BMT in 31 Italian centers between September 1989 and December 2001, and to focus on the results achieved in the 423 patients grafted before December 2000. In 1989 the Italian Bone Marrow Transplant Group (GITMO) and the Italian Association for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (AIEOP) established the Italian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (IBMDR) to facilitate donor search and marrow procurement for patients lacking an HLA identical sibling. By the end of December 2001, 296,720 HLA-A, B typed volunteer donors had been cumulatively registered and 3,411 searches had been activated for Italian patients. At least one HLA-A, B, DRB1 matched donor was found for 54% of the patients and 520 UD BMTs were performed in patients below 19 years of age before December 2001. Since 1999 more than 90% of the patients < or = 14 years old, and more than 50% of the patients 15-18 years old undergoing UD BMT have been treated in AIEOP institutions. In 50% of the cases donors were found in the IBMDR, and in 50% they were found in 14 other Registries. The average time from search activation to transplant was 6 months for diseases other than chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), while for CML it was 8.7 months. Actuarial 100-day transplant-related mortality (TRM) was 32% in patients grafted between 1989 and 1997, and 21% for patients grafted after 1998 (p = 0.003). Twenty-eight per cent of the patients developed grade III or IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), and 20% developed extensive chronic GvHD. The rate of disease-free survival at three years was 37% for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 38% for acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome patients, 59% for patients with inborn errors, and 51% for patients with CML. We conclude

  15. Treatment of isolated testicular relapse in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: an Italian multicenter study. Associazione Italiana Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica.

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    Uderzo, C; Grazia Zurlo, M; Adamoli, L; Zanesco, L; Aricò, M; Calculli, G; Comelli, A; Cordero di Montezemolo, L; Di Tullio, M T; Guazzelli, C

    1990-04-01

    Between May 1980 and April 1987, 49 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in isolated testicular and first leukemia relapse (ITR) were enrolled in the Associazione Italiana Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) multicenter study REC80-ITR. According to the Rome Workshop criteria, 77% were at standard and 23% at high initial prognostic risk. In 33% of the cases, ITR occurred during first treatment. The REC80-ITR protocol consisted of an induction phase regimen of vincristine (VCR), cytarabine (ARA-C), methotrexate (MTX), and asparaginase (L-asp), and bilateral testicular irradiation, and CNS prophylaxis with intrathecal MTX and a maintenance phase with a multidrug rotating regimen. Total treatment duration was 30 months. The median time of observation after ITR was 51 months. The Kaplan-Meier estimates of survival and disease-free survival (DFS) at 4 years were 67.7% and 41%, respectively. Patients who had an ITR on therapy or within the first off-therapy year showed the poorest outcome. The DFS at 3 years was 20%, 47.6%, and 100%, respectively, for children who had an ITR on treatment (n = 16), within the first year of treatment withdrawal (n = 22), or later (n = 10) (P = .001). Patients with an asymptomatic occult testicular infiltrate at treatment discontinuation had a very unfavorable prognosis. Eighty-one percent of second relapses involved the bone marrow. In our experience, children presenting an early ITR (ie, within 6 months of treatment withdrawal) need a very aggressive treatment because of the high probability of an underlying systemic disease. On the other hand, patients with a late ITR seem to have a truly local recurrence and can apparently be cured by standard protocols, as shown in protocol REC80-ITR.

  16. Risk-directed therapy for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Results of the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica '82 studies.

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    Vecchi, V; Aricò, M; Basso, G; Ceci, A; Madon, E; Mandelli, F; Masera, G; Massimo, L; Pession, A; Zanesco, L

    1993-10-15

    In 1982, the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) started its third-generation study, aiming to improve previous results obtained by AIEOP '79 study and to deliver a standardized treatment to most Italian children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We treated 902 children (older than 1 year and younger than 15 years of age) with newly diagnosed ALL in multicenter studies of risk-directed therapy (111 low risk [LR] from Study 8201; 570 average risk [AR] from Study 8202; and 117 and 104 high risk [HR] from Studies 8303 and 8503, respectively). Induction therapy was composed of vincristine, prednisone, and asparaginase for LR or AR patients and these agents plus daunorubicin, (Study 8503) or vincristine, prednisone, cytarabine, and intermediate-dose methotrexate (Study 8303) for HR patients. Central nervous system (CNS) preventive therapy consisted of intrathecal methotrexate only (LR), intrathecal methotrexate plus 18 Gy cranial irradiation (AR and HR Study 8503), or high-dose (HD) cytarabine (HR Study 8303). Reinduction therapy was vincristine/prednisone/daunorubicin for AR patients with cyclophosphamide added for HR patients in Study 8303 and HD asparaginase in Study 8503. LR patients did not receive intensification therapy. Continuation therapy comprised 6-mercaptopurine plus methotrexate and monthly pulses with vincristine plus prednisone for all patients, except for HR patients in Study 8303 who also received teniposide plus cytarabine. Weekly HD asparaginase was also given in Study 8503. Duration of treatment was 24 months for Studies 8201 and 8202, 15 months for Study 8303, and 22 months for Study 8503. The overall complete remission (CR) rate was 94.7% (97.3% for LR, 94.9% for AR, and 93.2% for HR). Overall 7-year event-free survival (EFS) was 53.6% (standard error [SE], 1.8). EFS was 60.8% in LR (SE, 4.7), 60.6% in AR at 7 years (SE, 4.7), and 18.5% in Study 8303 (HR) at 5 years (SE, 3.8). Because of the poor result in HR

  17. Role of cranial radiotherapy for childhood T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with high WBC count and good response to prednisone. Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica and the Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster groups.

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    Conter, V; Schrappe, M; Aricó, M; Reiter, A; Rizzari, C; Dördelmann, M; Valsecchi, M G; Zimmermann, M; Ludwig, W D; Basso, G; Masera, G; Riehm, H

    1997-08-01

    The ALL-BFM 90 and AIEOP-ALL 91 studies share the same treatment backbone and have 5-year event-free survival (EFS) rates close to 75%. This study evaluated the impact of differing presymptomatic CNS therapies in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) patients with a good response to prednisone (PGR) according to WBC count and Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (BFM) risk factor (RF). A total of 192 patients (141 boys; median age, 7.5 years) with T-ALL, PGR, RF less than 1.7, and no CNS leukemia diagnosed between 1990 and 1995 were enrolled onto the ALL-BFM 90 (n = 123) or AIEOP-ALL 91 (n = 69) study. Presymptomatic CNS therapy consisted of cranial radiation (CRT) and intrathecal methotrexate (I.T. MTX) (11 doses) in the BFM study and of extended triple intrathecal therapy (T.I.T.) (17 doses) in the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) study. Patients were divided into a low-WBC group (WBC count < 100,000/microL) and a high-WBC group (WBC count > 100,000/microL). EFS was compared using the log-rank test. For patients treated with CRT and I.T. MTX (BFM group), the 3-year EFS rate was 89.8% (SE = 3.5) for 99 patients in the low-WBC group versus 81.9% (SE = 8.2) in the high-WBC group (difference not significant). Conversely, for patients treated with T.I.T. alone (AIEOP group), the EFS rate was 80.6% (SE = 5.6) in 55 patients with a low WBC count versus 17.9% (SE = 11.0) in 14 patients with a high WBC count (P < .001). These data suggest that CRT may not be necessary in PGR T-ALL patients with a WBC count less than 100,000/microL; on the contrary, in patients with a high count, extended T.I.T. may be inferior to CRT and I.T. MTX.

  18. Malignant ovarian germ cell tumors in pediatric patients: The AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica) study.

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    Terenziani, M; Bisogno, G; Boldrini, R; Cecchetto, G; Conte, M; Boschetti, L; De Pasquale, M D; Biasoni, D; Inserra, A; Siracusa, F; Basso, M E; De Leonardis, F; Di Pinto, D; Barretta, F; Spreafico, F; D'Angelo, P

    2017-11-01

    Malignant ovarian germ cell tumors (MOGCT) carry an excellent prognosis, and the treatment aims to achieve results with the least possible treatment-related morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the outcomes of pediatric patients with MOGCT. Patients were treated according to their stage: surgery and surveillance for stage I; a modified bleomycin-etoposide-cisplatin (BEP) regimen for stages II (three cycles), III, and IV (three cycles) with surgery on residual disease. Seventy-seven patients were enrolled (median age 11.8 years), 26 with dysgerminoma (Dysg), 13 with immature teratoma and elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein levels (IT + AFP), and 38 with nondysgeminoma (Non-Dysg) staged as follows: 27 stage I, 13 stage II, 32 stage III, 5 stage IV. Among evaluable patients in stage I (5-year event-free survival [EFS] 72.1% [95% CI: 56.4-92.1%]; 5-year overall survival [OS] 100%), seven relapsed (three patients with Dysg and four patients with Non-Dysg) and were rescued with chemotherapy (plus surgery in three patients). Among the evaluable patients with stages II-IV, 48 (98%) achieved complete remission after chemotherapy ± surgery, one (IT + AFP, stage IV) had progressive disease. In the whole series (median follow-up 80 months), the 5-year OS and EFS were 98.5% (95% CI: 95.6-100%) and 84.5% (95% CI: 76.5-93.5%). We confirm the excellent outcome for MOGCT. Robust data are lacking on surgical staging, surveillance for Non-Dysg with stage I, the management of IT + AFP, and the most appropriate BEP regimen. As pediatric oncologists, we support the role of surveillance after proper surgical staging providing cases are managed by experts at specialized pediatric centers. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Treatment and prevention of tumor lysis syndrome in children. Experience of Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica.

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    Pession, Andrea; Barbieri, Eveline

    2005-01-01

    Hyperuricemia and tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) are complications that can arise from treatment of rapidly proliferating and drug-sensitive neoplasms. Clinical trials have shown rasburicase, a recombinant urate oxidase to be more effective than allopurinol for the prevention and treatment of malignancy-associated hyperuricemia. We investigated the safety and efficacy of rasburicase in the AIEOP centers' experience. We reviewed the data of 26 children with malignancy at risk for TLS, submitted to treatment (group 1) or prophylaxis (group 2) of acute hyperuricemia with rasburicase (0.20 mg/kg intravenously daily) for a median period of 4 days. Rasburicase produced a significant decrease in uric acid concentrations in all the patients. The control of uric acid levels was obtained in both the groups within 24 h of the first dose with a response rate of 100% (group 1) and 93% (group 2). Normalization of creatinine and phosphorus levels was obtained in 5 and 4 days respectively. Tolerance was excellent without toxicity. These data confirm that rasburicase is a safe, highly and rapidly effective agent in the treatment and prevention of malignancy-associated acute hyperuricemia and could be considered the treatment of choice to prevent tumor lysis syndrome in children at high risk for this metabolic complication.

  20. Adolescents with Cancer in Italy: Improving Access to National Cooperative Pediatric Oncology Group (AIEOP) Centers.

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    Ferrari, Andrea; Rondelli, Roberto; Pession, Andrea; Mascarin, Maurizio; Buzzoni, Carlotta; Mosso, Maria Luisa; Maule, Milena; Barisone, Elena; Bertolotti, Marina; Clerici, Carlo Alfredo; Jankovic, Momcilo; Fagioli, Franca; Biondi, Andrea

    2016-06-01

    This analysis compared the numbers of patients treated at Italian pediatric oncology group (Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica [AIEOP]) centers with the numbers of cases predicted according to the population-based registry. It considered 32,431 patients registered in the AIEOP database (1989-2012). The ratio of observed (O) to expected (E) cases was 0.79 for children (0-14 years old) and 0.15 for adolescents (15-19 years old). The proportion of adolescents increased significantly over the years, however, from 0.05 in the earliest period to 0.10, 0.18, and then 0.28 in the latest period of observation, suggesting a greater efficacy of local/national programs dedicated to adolescents.

  1. Incidence and clinical relevance of TEL/AML1 fusion genes in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia enrolled in the German and Italian multicenter therapy trials. Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica and the Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster Study Group.

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    Borkhardt, A; Cazzaniga, G; Viehmann, S; Valsecchi, M G; Ludwig, W D; Burci, L; Mangioni, S; Schrappe, M; Riehm, H; Lampert, F; Basso, G; Masera, G; Harbott, J; Biondi, A

    1997-07-15

    The molecular approach for the analysis of leukemia associated chromosomal translocations has led to the identification of prognostic relevant subgroups. In pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common translocations, t(9;22) and t(4;11), have been associated with a poorer clinical outcome. Recently the TEL gene at chromosome 12p13 and the AML1 gene at chromosome 21q22 were found to be involved in the translocation t(12;21)(p13;q22). By conventional cytogenetics, however, this chromosomal abnormality is barely detectable and occurs in less than 0.05% of childhood ALL. To investigate the frequency of the molecular equivalent of the t(12;21), the TEL/AML1 gene fusion, we have undertaken a prospective screening in the running German Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (BFM) and Italian Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) multicenter ALL therapy trials. We have analyzed 334 unselected cases of pediatric ALL patients consecutively referred over a period of 5 and 9 months, respectively. The overall incidence of the t(12;21) in pediatric ALL is 18.9%. The 63 cases positive for the TEL/AML1 chimeric products ranged in age between 1 and 12 years, and all but one showed CD10 and pre-B immunophenotype. Interestingly, one case displayed a pre-pre-B immunophenotype. Among the B-lineage subgroup, the t(12;21) occurs in 22.0% of the cases. Fifteen of 61 (24.6%) cases coexpressed at least two myeloid antigens (CD13, CD33, or CDw65) in more than 20% of the gated blast cells. DNA index was available for 59 of the 63 TEL/AML1 positive cases; a hyperdiploid DNA content (> or = 1.16) was detected in only four patients, being nonhyperdiploid in the remaining 55. Based on this prospective analysis, we retrospectively evaluated the impact of TEL/AML1 in prognosis by identifying the subset of B-lineage ALL children enrolled in the closed German ALL-BFM-90 and Italian ALL-AIEOP-91 protocols who had sufficient material for analysis. A total of 342 children

  2. Infant ependymoma in a 10-year AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica) experience with omitted or deferred radiotherapy.

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    Massimino, Maura; Gandola, Lorenza; Barra, Salvina; Giangaspero, Felice; Casali, Cecilia; Potepan, Paolo; Di Rocco, Concezio; Nozza, Paolo; Collini, Paola; Viscardi, Elisabetta; Bertin, Daniele; Biassoni, Veronica; Cama, Armando; Milanaccio, Claudia; Modena, Piergiorgio; Balter, Rita; Tamburrini, Giampiero; Peretta, Paola; Mascarin, Maurizio; Scarzello, Giovanni; Fidani, Paola; Milano, Giuseppe Maria; Sardi, Iacopo; Genitori, Lorenzo; Garrè, Maria Luisa

    2011-07-01

    The protocols of the 1990s omitted or delayed irradiation, using upfront chemotherapy to spare the youngest children with ependymoma the sequelae of radiotherapy (RT). We treated 41 children under the age of 3 years with intracranial ependymoma between 1994 and 2003. After surgery, chemotherapy was given as follows: regimen I with four blocks of vincristine, high-dose methotrexate 5 g/m(2), and cyclophosphamide 1.5 g/m(2) alternating with cisplatin 90 mg/m(2) plus VP16 450 mg/m(2) for 14 months; subsequently, regimen II was used: VEC (VCR, VP16 300 mg/m(2), and cyclophosphamide 3 g/m(2)) for 6 months. Radiotherapy was planned for residual tumor after the completion of chemotherapy or for progression. We treated 23 boys and 18 girls who were a median 22 months old; 14 were given regimen I, 27 were given regimen II; 22 underwent complete resection, 19 had residual tumor. Ependymoma was Grade 2 in 25 patients and Grade 3 in 16; tumors were infratentorial in 37 patients and supratentorial in 4. One child had intracranial metastases; 29 had progressed locally after a median 9 months. Event-free survival was 26% at 3 and 5 years and 23% at 8 years. One child died of sepsis, and another developed a glioblastoma 72 months after RT. Progression-free survival was 27% at 3, 5, and 8 years, and overall survival was 48%, 37%, and 28% at 3, 5, and 8 years, respectively. Of the 13 survivors, 6 never received RT; their intellectual outcome did not differ significantly in those children than in those without RT. Our results confirm poor rates of event-free survival and overall survival for up-front chemotherapy in infant ependymoma. No better neurocognitive outcome was demonstrated in the few survivors who never received RT. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Infant Ependymoma in a 10-Year AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica) Experience With Omitted or Deferred Radiotherapy

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    Massimino, Maura; Gandola, Lorenza; Barra, Salvina; Giangaspero, Felice; Casali, Cecilia; Potepan, Paolo; Di Rocco, Concezio; Nozza, Paolo; Collini, Paola; Viscardi, Elisabetta; Bertin, Daniele; Biassoni, Veronica; Cama, Armando; Milanaccio, Claudia; Modena, Piergiorgio; Balter, Rita; Tamburrini, Giampiero; Peretta, Paola; Mascarin, Maurizio; Scarzello, Giovanni

    2011-07-01

    Purpose: The protocols of the 1990s omitted or delayed irradiation, using upfront chemotherapy to spare the youngest children with ependymoma the sequelae of radiotherapy (RT). We treated 41 children under the age of 3 years with intracranial ependymoma between 1994 and 2003. Patients and Methods: After surgery, chemotherapy was given as follows: regimen I with four blocks of vincristine, high-dose methotrexate 5 g/m{sup 2}, and cyclophosphamide 1.5 g/m{sup 2} alternating with cisplatin 90 mg/m{sup 2} plus VP16 450 mg/m{sup 2} for 14 months; subsequently, regimen II was used: VEC (VCR, VP16 300 mg/m{sup 2}, and cyclophosphamide 3 g/m{sup 2}) for 6 months. Radiotherapy was planned for residual tumor after the completion of chemotherapy or for progression. Results: We treated 23 boys and 18 girls who were a median 22 months old; 14 were given regimen I, 27 were given regimen II; 22 underwent complete resection, 19 had residual tumor. Ependymoma was Grade 2 in 25 patients and Grade 3 in 16; tumors were infratentorial in 37 patients and supratentorial in 4. One child had intracranial metastases; 29 had progressed locally after a median 9 months. Event-free survival was 26% at 3 and 5 years and 23% at 8 years. One child died of sepsis, and another developed a glioblastoma 72 months after RT. Progression-free survival was 27% at 3, 5, and 8 years, and overall survival was 48%, 37%, and 28% at 3, 5, and 8 years, respectively. Of the 13 survivors, 6 never received RT; their intellectual outcome did not differ significantly in those children than in those without RT. Conclusions: Our results confirm poor rates of event-free survival and overall survival for up-front chemotherapy in infant ependymoma. No better neurocognitive outcome was demonstrated in the few survivors who never received RT.

  4. Effect of protracted high-dose L-asparaginase given as a second exposure in a Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster-based treatment: results of the randomized 9102 intermediate-risk childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia study--a report from the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica.

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    Rizzari, C; Valsecchi, M G; Aricò, M; Conter, V; Testi, A; Barisone, E; Casale, F; Lo Nigro, L; Rondelli, R; Basso, G; Santoro, N; Masera, G

    2001-03-01

    To assess in a randomized study the therapeutic effect of the addition of high-dose L-asparaginase (HD ASP) in the context of a Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (BFM)-based chemotherapy regimen for intermediate risk (IR) childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). From March 1991 to April 1995, a total of 705 patients, with 59% of the cohort of patients fewer than 15 years old, with newly diagnosed non-B ALL, enrolled onto the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) ALL-91 study, were assigned to the IR group. Patients in remission at the beginning of the reinduction phase were randomized either to the standard treatment (SD ASP arm) or the experimental treatment (HD ASP arm; weekly intramuscular administration of HD ASP 25,000 IU/m(2) repeated for a total of 20 weeks). Most of the patients (90%) were treated with Erwinia chrysanthemi L-asparaginase product. Among the 610 patients randomized to the SD ASP arm (n = 322) or to the HD ASP arm (n = 288), relapse occurred at a median time of 24 months after randomization in 76 (24%) and in 64 children (22%), respectively. Most of the relapses occurred in the marrow (100 isolated, 21 combined). There was no significant difference between the disease-free survival in the two treatment arms (P =.64), with estimated values at 7 years from randomization of 72.4% (SE 3.1) v 75.7% (SE 2.6) in the SD ASP and HD ASP arms, respectively. No advantage was observed for IR ALL children treated with BFM-based intensive chemotherapy who received protracted E chrysanthemi HD ASP during reinduction and the early continuation phase.

  5. Treating Pediatric soft tissue sarcomas in a country with limited resources: the experience of the Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica in Guatemala.

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    Antillon, Federico; Castellanos, Mauricio; Valverde, Patricia; Luna-Fineman, Sandra; Garrido, Claudia; Serrato, Tania; Rodriguez-Galindo, Carlos; Casanova, Michela; Ferrari, Andrea

    2008-12-01

    About 250-300 children with newly diagnosed cancer are treated each year at the Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica in Guatemala City; less than 5% of them have soft tissue sarcomas (STS). The aim of the article was to evaluate whether the therapeutic standards achieved in STS in developed countries could be reproduced in a low-income country. We reviewed the clinical data, treatment and outcome of 80 patients, 47 cases of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) and 33 of non-rhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcoma (NRSTS), treated between January 2000 and October 2007. Most of the RMS patients had advanced disease at diagnosis (87% groups III-IV). Their 3-year event-free survival rate (EFS) was 26.4% if abandoning the treatment was considered as an event, or 32.4% if it was censored (14 patients abandoned the treatment), and the 3-year overall survival rate (OS) was 43.5%. Local progression/relapse was the main cause of treatment failure. Among the patients with NRSTS, the EFS at 3 years was 36.4% (when abandoning the treatment was considered as an event) or 43.3% (when it was censored), and the OS was 44.2%. Outcome was satisfactory for synovial sarcoma patients, those with tumors < or =5 cm, and those with localized disease. Overall results were unsatisfactory compared to results reported from developed countries. Late diagnosis and the consequently high proportion of cases of advanced disease at diagnosis, the large number of patients failing to complete the treatment, and the poor quality of local control (in RMS) adversely influence outcome.

  6. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children with an associated inherited condition: A retrospective analysis of the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP).

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    Aricò, Maurizio; Mussolin, Lara; Carraro, Elisa; Buffardi, Salvatore; Santoro, Nicola; D'Angelo, Paolo; Lombardi, Alessandra; Pierani, Paolo; Giraldi, Eugenia; Mura, Rossella; Sala, Alessandra; Garaventa, Alberto; Tondo, Annalisa; Piglione, Matilde; Lo Nigro, Luca; Cesaro, Simone; Perruccio, Katia; Rosolen, Angelo; Basso, Giuseppe; Pillon, Marta

    2015-10-01

    Inherited conditions affecting genetic aberration, viral oncogenesis, reduced immune surveillance, and long-lasting antigen stimulation may build the way to lymphomagenesis in humans. We extracted from the database of 4 consecutive trials for pediatric non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) all cases with an associated genetic disease. Among 1,430 patients, 34 (2.4%) had an associated inherited condition and a mature B-lineage (n = 28), anaplastic large cell lymphoma (n = 4), or T-lineage (n = 2) NHL. Their median age at the diagnosis was 9.3 years (range, 2.6-17.8 years). In 14 cases (41%) the underlying condition was considered to be a potential cause for undue toxicity if the expected therapy was applied. Thus, treatment modification had been planned in advance. The overall survival was 89% (standard error [SE] 1%), 73% (SE 10%), and 73% (SE 23%) at 3 years for registered patients with no inherited condition associated, with genetic abnormalities and with underlying condition causing an immune deficiency, respectively (P = 0.003). In our cohort, patients with NHL with an underlying constitutional condition represent the 2.4% of the cases. In the subset of patients with primary immune deficiency, which may have contributed to lymphomagenesis, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation may be required. In the remaining patients, the association with lymphoma remains apparently unexplained and could be not causative. Detailed reporting of such cases may contribute to disclose even rare and fully unexpected association, which may have implications for research in the field of lymphomagenesis. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Pearson Syndrome: A Retrospective Cohort Study from the Marrow Failure Study Group of A.I.E.O.P. (Associazione Italiana Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica).

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    Farruggia, Piero; Di Cataldo, Andrea; Pinto, Rita M; Palmisani, Elena; Macaluso, Alessandra; Valvo, Laura Lo; Cantarini, Maria E; Tornesello, Assunta; Corti, Paola; Fioredda, Francesca; Varotto, Stefania; Martire, Baldo; Moroni, Isabella; Puccio, Giuseppe; Russo, Giovanna; Dufour, Carlo; Pillon, Marta

    2016-01-01

    Pearson syndrome (PS) is a very rare and often fatal multisystemic mitochondrial disorder involving the liver, kidney, pancreas, and hematopoietic and central nervous system. It is characterized principally by a transfusion-dependent anemia that usually improves over time, a tendency to develop severe infections, and a high mortality rate. We describe a group of 11 PS patients diagnosed in Italy in the period 1993-2014. The analysis of this reasonably sized cohort of patients contributes to the clinical profile of the disease and highlights a rough incidence of 1 case/million newborns. Furthermore, it seems that some biochemical parameters like increased serum alanine and urinary fumaric acid can help to address an early diagnosis.

  8. Hyperfractionated radiotherapy and chemotherapy for childhood ependymoma: final results of the first prospective AIEOP (Associazione Italiana di Ematologia-Oncologia Pediatrica) study.

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    Massimino, Maura; Gandola, Lorenza; Giangaspero, Felice; Sandri, Alessandro; Valagussa, Pinuccia; Perilongo, Giorgio; Garrè, Maria Luisa; Ricardi, Umberto; Forni, Marco; Genitori, Lorenzo; Scarzello, Giovanni; Spreafico, Filippo; Barra, Salvina; Mascarin, Maurizio; Pollo, Bianca; Gardiman, Martina; Cama, Armando; Navarria, Pierina; Brisigotti, Maurizio; Collini, Paola; Balter, Rita; Fidani, Paola; Stefanelli, Maurizio; Burnelli, Roberta; Potepan, Paolo; Podda, Marta; Sotti, Guido; Madon, Enrico

    2004-04-01

    A postsurgical "stage-based" protocol for ependymoma was designed. Children were given: (1) focal hyperfractionated radiotherapy (HFRT) if with no evidence of disease (NED), or (2) 4 courses with VEC followed by HFRT for residual disease (ED). HFRT dose was 70.4 Gy (1.1 Gy/fraction b.i.d.); VEC consisted of VCR 1.5 mg/m2 1/w, VP16 100 mg/m2/day x 3, CTX 3 g/m2 d 1. When feasible, second-look surgery was recommended. Sixty-three consecutive children were enrolled: 46 NED, 17 ED; the tumor was infratentorial in 47 and supratentorial in 16, with spinal metastasis in 1. Of NED patients, 35 of 46 have been treated with HFRT; 8 received conventionally fractionated radiotherapy, and 3 received no treatment. Of the 17 ED patients, 9 received VEC + HFRT; violations due to postsurgical morbidity were as follows: HFRT only (2), conventionally fractionated radiotherapy (3) + VEC (2), and no therapy (1). Objective responses to VEC were seen in 54%; objective responses to RT were seen in 75%. Overall survival and progression-free survival at 5 years for all 63 children were 75% and 56%, respectively; for the NED subgroup, 82% and 65%; and for the ED subgroup, 61% and 35%, respectively. All histologies were centrally reviewed. At multivariate analysis, grading, age, and site proved significant for prognosis. HFRT, despite the high total dose adopted, did not change the prognosis of childhood ependymoma as compared to historical series: New radiotherapeutic approaches are needed to improve local control. Future ependymoma strategies should consider grading when stratifying treatment indications.

  9. Extended intrathecal methotrexate may replace cranial irradiation for prevention of CNS relapse in children with intermediate-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster-based intensive chemotherapy. The Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica.

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    Conter, V; Aricò, M; Valsecchi, M G; Rizzari, C; Testi, A M; Messina, C; Mori, P G; Miniero, R; Colella, R; Basso, G

    1995-10-01

    To assess the effect of treatment intensification and that of extended intrathecal methotrexate substitution for cranial irradiation in intermediate-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) children treated with a Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (BFM)-based intensive chemotherapy. Three hundred ninety-six children with non-B-ALL were enrolled onto the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologic Pediatrica (AIEOP) ALL 88 study. Standard risk (SR) included patients with low tumor burden (BFM risk index [RI], < 0.8); intermediate risk (IR) were patients with an RI > or = 0.8 but less than 1.2; and high risk (HR) were those with an RI > or = 1.2 or CNS involvement at diagnosis. The treatment schedule was a modified version of the ALL-BFM 86 study. CNS-directed treatment consisted of high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX; 5 g/m2 for four courses) plus intrathecal methotrexate (IT-MTX; nine doses); IR patients additionally received extended IT-MTX (nine doses during continuation therapy); cranial irradiation was given only to HR patients. Of the 375 (94.7%) children who achieved remission, 1.3% had an adverse event other than relapse. The estimated event-free survival (EFS) at 6 years was 66.6% (SE 2.4) overall; 80.7% (4.5) in the SR patients, 77.5% (3.9) in the IR patients, and 54.5% (3.7) in the HR patients. Relapse occurred in 107 children (27.0%). Isolated CNS relapse occurred in 20 children (5.0%): 5 (6.3%) in the SR group, 1 (0.8%) in the IR group, and 14 (7.1%) in the HR group. The estimated 6-year CNS leukemia-free survival was 94.6% (1.2) overall: 93.5% (2.8) in the SR group, 99.1% (0.9) in the IR group, and 92.3% (2.0) in the HR group. Cranial irradiation may be omitted safely in IR ALL patients treated with BFM-based intensive chemotherapy when extended intrathecal chemotherapy is given. Because the CNS disease control was less complete in the SR group, these data challenge the effectiveness of HD-MTX for protection from CNS disease and support the protective role of

  10. Detection of prognostic factors in children and adolescents with Burkitt and Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma treated with the AIEOP LNH-97 protocol.

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    Pillon, Marta; Mussolin, Lara; Carraro, Elisa; Conter, Valentino; Aricò, Maurizio; Vinti, Luciana; Garaventa, Alberto; Piglione, Matilde; Buffardi, Salvatore; Sala, Alessandra; Santoro, Nicola; Lo Nigro, Luca; Mura, Rossella; Tondo, Annalisa; Casale, Fiorina; Farruggia, Piero; Pierani, Paolo; Cesaro, Simone; d'Amore, Emanuele S G; Basso, Giuseppe

    2016-11-01

    Burkitt lymphoma (BL) and Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) account for most cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in childhood. We report the clinical characteristics, outcome and prognostic factors in children with BL or DLBCL treated according to the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) LNH-97 protocol. Patients aged up to 18 years that were newly diagnosed with BL/DLBCL were included in the study. Therapy consisted of pre-phase followed by 2-6 high-dose chemotherapy courses tailored according to lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) value and disease stage. A total of 442 patients (379 BL, 63 DLBCL) were enrolled between 1997 and 2014, of whom 18 failed to achieve remission, 6 experienced treatment-related death, 2 developed second malignancy and 20 relapsed. At a median follow-up time of 5 years, overall survival was 93% (±1%) and event-free survival was 90% (±1%). LDH value above the median value had an independently negative prognostic value (P < 0·0001). However, in the subgroup of 128 patients in which minimal disseminated disease (MDD) was analysed, MDD-positivity became the only unfavourable prognostic factor for progression-free survival. Tailored chemotherapy could be extremely effective with limited toxicity. Identification of MDD as a hallmark of a higher risk of treatment failure may provide a target population for treatment intensification by anti-CD20. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  11. Factors possibly affecting prognosis in children with Wilms' tumor diagnosed before 24 months of age: A report from the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) Wilms Tumor Working Group.

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    D'Angelo, Paolo; Di Cataldo, Andrea; Terenziani, Monica; Bisogno, Gianni; Collini, Paola; Di Martino, Martina; Melchionda, Fraia; Mosa, Clara; Nantron, Marilina; Perotti, Daniela; Puccio, Giuseppe; Serra, Annalisa; Catania, Serena; Spreafico, Filippo

    2017-06-09

    Children with Wilms' tumor (WT) aged under 24 months (infants) have a better prognosis than older patients. Our aim was to study the epidemiology of this age group, with focus on the modality of diagnosis, tumor size, and association with malformations/syndromes, seeking to understand if any of these factors might be related to prognosis. Infants diagnosed with WT between 2003 and February 2010 were evaluated. A query form was used to collect data on the modality of WT diagnosis (symptomatic or incidental), tumor volume, maximum diameter, site, and stage. Data were collected for 117 of 124 WT infants registered. Twenty-four cases had an incidental diagnosis (ID) of renal mass, usually arising from an abdominal ultrasound performed for other reasons, and 93 had been diagnosed based on clinical signs/symptoms. The incidental cohort displayed unifocal disease, mean tumor diameter 5.52 cm, mean tumor volume 84.30 ml, and 14 patients showed associated malformations. Symptomatic patients had mean maximum tumor diameter of 10.18 cm, mean tumor volume of 451.18 ml, and six had associated malformations. Our study showed that 20% of the infants had an ID of WT; they had a relatively smaller nonmetastatic tumor and a higher rate of malformations than infants of the symptomatically diagnosed group, but we did not detect any difference in age at diagnosis between the two groups. Conversely, we found a significant difference in the 5-year event-free survival rate (P = 0.018) between infants under 1 year (96%), more frequently associated with congenital malformations, and infants 1-2 years (80%). © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation versus chemotherapy in high-risk childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in first remission. Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) and the Gruppo Italiano Trapianto di Midollo Osseo (GITMO).

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    Uderzo, C; Valsecchi, M G; Balduzzi, A; Dini, G; Miniero, R; Locatelli, F; Rondelli, R; Pession, A; Arcese, W; Bacigalupo, A; Polchi, P; Andolina, M; Messina, C; Conter, V; Aricó, M; Galimberti, S; Masera, G

    1997-02-01

    We compared the outcome of children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (HR-ALL) in first complete remission (first CR) treated with chemotherapy (CHEMO) or with allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in a multicentre study. All children treated by the Italian Paediatric Haematology Oncology Association for HR-ALL in first CR between 1986 and 1994 were eligible for the study. 30 children were given BMT at a median of 4 months from first CR, with preparative regimens including total-body irradiation (n = 25/30). 130 matched controls for BMT patients were identified among 397 HR-ALL CHEMO patients. Matching on main prognostic factors and duration of first CR was adopted to control the selection and time-to-transplant biases. The comparative analysis was based on the results of a stratified Cox model. The estimated hazard ratios of BMT versus CHEMO at 6 months, 1 year and 2 years after CR were 1.38 (CI 0.59-3.24), 0.69 (CI 0.27-1.77) and 0.35 (CI 0.06-1.91), with an overall non-significant difference between the two groups (P = 0.34). With a median follow-up of 4 years, the disease-free survival was 58.5% (SE 9.3) in the BMT group and 47.7% (SE 4.8) in the CHEMO group, at 4 years from CR. Non-leukaemic death occurred in 4% of CHEMO and 10% of BMT patients. In the BMT group the estimated cumulative incidence of relapse at 1.5 years from CR was 31.5% (SE 8.8) and did not change thereafter, whereas in the CHEMO group the corresponding figure was 29.2% (SE 4.1) and the incidence continued to increase thereafter (48.2% (SE 4.8) at 4 years from CR). The results of this study suggest that, with respect to the CHEMO group, the higher risk of early failure in the BMT group is outweighed by the lower risk of relapse after 1 year. Results prompt the need for a prospective study, in order to demonstrate the likely advantage of BMT in HR childhood ALL in first CR.

  13. Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in children with acute myelogenous leukemia in first remission. Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) and the Gruppo Italiano per il Trapianto di Midollo Osseo (GITMO).

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    Dini, G; Boni, L; Abla, O; Uderzo, C; Polchi, P; Locatelli, F; Di Bartolomeo, P; Arcese, W; Iori, A P; Rossetti, F

    1994-06-01

    Fifty-nine children, aged 1-15 years, with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) received a bone marrow transplant (BMT) from an HLA-identical sibling (n = 57) or from an identical twin (n = 2), while in first remission (CR). These children represent, to the best of our knowledge, all children grafted in first CR in 11 Italian centers between 1980 and 1990. Patients were prepared with total body irradiation (TBI) plus cyclophosphamide (CY) (n = 50) or melphalan (n = 2) or with busulfan plus CY (n = 7). GVHD prophylaxis consisted of cyclosporin A (n = 48), methotrexate (n = 7) or cyclosporin and methotrexate (n = 2). Survivors have been followed for 21-137 months (median 59 months). Actuarial relapse-free survival was 58% at 66-137 months (95% confidence interval (CI) 44-72). Actuarial risk of relapse was 23% at 48 months (95% CI 10.9-34.8). Risk of non-relapse deaths was 33% in the period 1980-87 and 4% in the period 1988-90 (p = 0.02). In multivariate analysis patients with a blood cell count > 14 x 10(9)/l at diagnosis showed a lower relapse-free survival compared with patients with counts < 14 x 10(9)/l (p = 0.006). We could not detect an effect of FAB subtype, patient age, time to achieve remission or transplant-related variables, including year of BMT, on relapse-free survival. In conclusion, allogeneic marrow transplantation can achieve long-term relapse-free survival in over 50% of children with AML and should be considered as consolidation therapy if a matched sibling is available.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  14. Dexamethasone vs prednisone in induction treatment of pediatric ALL: results of the randomized trial AIEOP-BFM ALL 2000.

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    Möricke, Anja; Zimmermann, Martin; Valsecchi, Maria Grazia; Stanulla, Martin; Biondi, Andrea; Mann, Georg; Locatelli, Franco; Cazzaniga, Giovanni; Niggli, Felix; Aricò, Maurizio; Bartram, Claus R; Attarbaschi, Andishe; Silvestri, Daniela; Beier, Rita; Basso, Giuseppe; Ratei, Richard; Kulozik, Andreas E; Lo Nigro, Luca; Kremens, Bernhard; Greiner, Jeanette; Parasole, Rosanna; Harbott, Jochen; Caruso, Roberta; von Stackelberg, Arend; Barisone, Elena; Rössig, Claudia; Conter, Valentino; Schrappe, Martin

    2016-04-28

    Induction therapy for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) traditionally includes prednisone; yet, dexamethasone may have higher antileukemic potency, leading to fewer relapses and improved survival. After a 7-day prednisone prephase, 3720 patients enrolled on trial Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica and Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (AIEOP-BFM) ALL 2000 were randomly selected to receive either dexamethasone (10 mg/m(2) per day) or prednisone (60 mg/m(2) per day) for 3 weeks plus tapering in induction. The 5-year cumulative incidence of relapse (± standard error) was 10.8 ± 0.7% in the dexamethasone and 15.6 ± 0.8% in the prednisone group (P < .0001), showing the largest effect on extramedullary relapses. The benefit of dexamethasone was partially counterbalanced by a significantly higher induction-related death rate (2.5% vs 0.9%, P = .00013), resulting in 5-year event-free survival rates of 83.9 ± 0.9% for dexamethasone and 80.8 ± 0.9% for prednisone (P = .024). No difference was seen in 5-year overall survival (OS) in the total cohort (dexamethasone, 90.3 ± 0.7%; prednisone, 90.5 ± 0.7%). Retrospective analyses of predefined subgroups revealed a significant survival benefit from dexamethasone only for patients with T-cell ALL and good response to the prednisone prephase (prednisone good-response [PGR]) (dexamethasone, 91.4 ± 2.4%; prednisone, 82.6 ± 3.2%; P = .036). In patients with precursor B-cell ALL and PGR, survival after relapse was found to be significantly worse if patients were previously assigned to the dexamethasone arm. We conclude that, for patients with PGR in the large subgroup of precursor B-cell ALL, dexamethasone especially reduced the incidence of better salvageable relapses, resulting in inferior survival after relapse. This explains the lack of benefit from dexamethasone in overall survival that we observed in the total cohort except in the subset of T-cell ALL patients with PGR. This trial was registered

  15. Molecular remission in PML/RAR alpha-positive acute promyelocytic leukemia by combined all-trans retinoic acid and idarubicin (AIDA) therapy. Gruppo Italiano-Malattie Ematologiche Maligne dell'Adulto and Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica Cooperative Groups.

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    Mandelli, F; Diverio, D; Avvisati, G; Luciano, A; Barbui, T; Bernasconi, C; Broccia, G; Cerri, R; Falda, M; Fioritoni, G; Leoni, F; Liso, V; Petti, M C; Rodeghiero, F; Saglio, G; Vegna, M L; Visani, G; Jehn, U; Willemze, R; Muus, P; Pelicci, P G; Biondi, A; Lo Coco, F

    1997-08-01

    Two hundred fifty-three patients with newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) were eligible to enter the multicentric GIMEMA-AIEOP "AIDA" trial during the period July 1993 to February 1996. As a mandatory prerequisite for eligibility, all patients had genetic evidence of the specific t(15;17) lesion in their leukemic cells confirmed by karyotyping or by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) of the PML/RAR alpha fusion gene (the latter available in 247 cases). Median age was 37.8 years (range, 2.2 to 73.9). Induction treatment consisted of oral all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), 45 mg/m2/d until complete remission (CR), given with intravenous Idarubicin, 12 mg/m2/d on days 2, 4, 6, and 8. Three polychemotherapy cycles were given as consolidation. Hematologic and molecular response by RT-PCR was assessed after induction and after consolidation. At the time of analysis, 240 of the 253 eligible patients were evaluable for induction. Of these, 11 (5%) died of early complications and 229 (95%) achieved hematologic remission. No cases of resistant leukemia were observed. Of 139 cases studied by RT-PCR after induction, 84 (60.5%) were PCR-negative and 55 (39.5%) PCR-positive. One hundred sixty-two patients were evaluable by RT-PCR at the end of consolidation. Of these, 159 (98%) tested PCR-negative and 3 (2%), PCR-positive. After a median follow up of 12 months (range, 0 to 33), the estimated actuarial event-free survival for the whole series of 253 eligible patients was 83% +/- 2.6% and 79% +/- 3.2% at 1 and 2 years, respectively. This study indicates that the AIDA protocol is a well-tolerated regimen that induces molecular remission in almost all patients with PML/RAR alpha-positive APL. Preliminary survival data suggest that a remarkable cure rate can be obtained with this treatment.

  16. Results of the AIEOP AML 2002/01 multicenter prospective trial for the treatment of children with acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Pession, Andrea; Masetti, Riccardo; Rizzari, Carmelo; Putti, Maria Caterina; Casale, Fiorina; Fagioli, Franca; Luciani, Matteo; Lo Nigro, Luca; Menna, Giuseppe; Micalizzi, Concetta; Santoro, Nicola; Testi, Anna Maria; Zecca, Marco; Biondi, Andrea; Pigazzi, Martina; Rutella, Sergio; Rondelli, Roberto; Basso, Giuseppe; Locatelli, Franco

    2013-07-11

    We evaluated the outcome of 482 children with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) enrolled in the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica AML 2002/01 trial. Treatment was stratified according to risk group; hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) was used in high-risk (HR) children. Patients with core binding factor leukemia achieving complete remission (CR) after the first induction course were considered standard risk (SR; 99 patients), whereas the others (n = 383) were assigned to the HR group. Allogeneic (ALLO) or autologous (AUTO) HSCT was employed, respectively, in 141 and 102 HR patients after consolidation therapy. CR, early death, and induction failure rates were 87%, 3%, and 10%, respectively. Relapse occurred in 24% of patients achieving CR. The 8-year overall survival (OS), event-free survival (EFS), and disease-free survival (DFS) were 68%, 55%, and 63%, respectively. OS, EFS, and DFS for SR and HR patients were 83%, 63%, and 66% and 64%, 53%, and 62%. DFS was 63% and 73% for HR patients given AUTO-HSCT and ALLO-HSCT, respectively. In multivariate analysis, risk group, white blood cell >100 × 10(9)/L at diagnosis, and monosomal karyotype predicted poorer EFS. Risk-oriented treatment and broad use of HSCT result in a long-term EFS comparing favorably with previously published studies on childhood AML.

  17. Outcome of children with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) experiencing primary induction failure in the AIEOP AML 2002/01 clinical trial.

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    Quarello, Paola; Fagioli, Franca; Basso, Giuseppe; Putti, Maria C; Berger, Massimo; Luciani, Matteo; Rizzari, Carmelo; Menna, Giuseppe; Masetti, Riccardo; Locatelli, Franco

    2015-11-01

    Paediatric patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) who fail induction due to primary resistance to chemotherapy account for a significant proportion of cases and have a particularly dismal prognosis. We report the clinical and biological data, and final outcome of 48 paediatric patients with primary-resistant AML enrolled in the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia e Oncologia Pediatrica AML 2002/01 clinical trial. These patients had a significantly higher white blood cell count at diagnosis compared to other AML patients. Cytogenetic and molecular features did not differ between patients with primary induction failure and patients allocated to the high-risk group. For the whole patient population, the probability of overall survival, event-free survival (EFS) and disease-free survival (DFS) was 21·8% ± 6·2, 20·4% ± 5·9, and 49·5% ± 11·3, respectively. Twenty-eight (58%) patients received haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT); 3 were autologous and 25 were allogeneic. Patients who underwent HSCT had improved EFS (31·2% vs. 5%, P < 0·0001). Only one of the 20 patients who did not receive HSCT is alive and disease free. The 19 patients in complete remission at time of HSCT showed significantly better DFS than the 9 with active disease (46% vs. 0%, P = 0·02). This study represents one of the largest series with long-term follow up of paediatric AML patients with primary refractory disease. Children who underwent transplantation had an encouraging long-term outcome. Disease recurrence remains the major cause of treatment failure; a better understanding of the disease biology is desirable to develop more effective treatment strategies.

  18. Early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children treated in AIEOP centres with AIEOP-BFM protocols: a retrospective analysis.

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    Conter, Valentino; Valsecchi, Maria Grazia; Buldini, Barbara; Parasole, Rosanna; Locatelli, Franco; Colombini, Antonella; Rizzari, Carmelo; Putti, Maria Caterina; Barisone, Elena; Lo Nigro, Luca; Santoro, Nicola; Ziino, Ottavio; Pession, Andrea; Testi, Anna Maria; Micalizzi, Concetta; Casale, Fiorina; Pierani, Paolo; Cesaro, Simone; Cellini, Monica; Silvestri, Daniela; Cazzaniga, Giovanni; Biondi, Andrea; Basso, Giuseppe

    2016-02-01

    Early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia was recently recognised as a distinct leukaemia and reported as associated with poor outcomes. We aimed to assess the outcome of early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in patients from the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (AIEOP) centres treated with AIEOP-Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (AIEOP-BFM) protocols. In this retrospective analysis, we included all children aged from 1 to less than 18 years with early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia immunophenotype diagnosed between Jan 1, 2008, and Oct 31, 2014, from AIEOP centres. Early T-cell precursors were defined as being CD1a and CD8 negative, CD5 weak positive or negative, and positive for at least one of the following antigens: CD34, CD117, HLADR, CD13, CD33, CD11b, or CD65. Treatment was based on AIEOP-BFM acute lymphoblastic leukaemia 2000 (NCT00613457) or AIEOP-BFM acute lymphoblastic leukaemia 2009 protocols (European Clinical Trials Database 2007-004270-43). The main differences in treatment and stratification of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia between the two protocols were that in the 2009 protocol only, pegylated L-asparaginase was substituted for Escherichia coli L-asparaginase, patients with prednisone poor response received an additional dose of cyclophosphamide at day 10 of phase IA, and high minimal residual disease at day 15 assessed by flow cytometry was used as a high-risk criterion. Outcomes were assessed in terms of event-free survival, disease-free survival, and overall survival. Early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia was diagnosed in 49 patients. Compared with overall T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, it was associated with absence of molecular markers for PCR detection of minimal residual disease in 25 (56%) of 45 patients; prednisone poor response in 27 (55%) of 49 patients; high minimal residual disease at day 15 after starting therapy in 25 (64%) of 39 patients (bone marrow

  19. Prospective comparative study of bone marrow transplantation and postremission chemotherapy for childhood acute myelogenous leukemia. The Associazione Italiana Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica Cooperative Group.

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    Amadori, S; Testi, A M; Aricò, M; Comelli, A; Giuliano, M; Madon, E; Masera, G; Rondelli, R; Zanesco, L; Mandelli, F

    1993-06-01

    This study was conducted to assess the comparative values of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT) with sequential postremission chemotherapy (SPC) in children with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in first remission. From March 1987 to March 1990, 161 assessable patients younger than 15 years of age with newly diagnosed AML were treated uniformly with two courses of daunorubicin and standard-dose cytarabine. After initial consolidation with a course of daunorubicin, cytarabine, and thioguanine (DAT), patients in complete remission (CR) were randomized to receive either ABMT or SPC, except for those with an HLA-matched sibling who were assigned to undergo BMT. SPC consisted of three additional courses of DAT, followed by three pairs of drugs administered sequentially for a total of six cycles. Overall, 127 of 161 patients attained CR (79%). The estimated probabilities of survival and event-free survival (EFS) at 5 years for all patients were 42% and 25%, respectively (median follow-up, 28 months). For the 127 complete responders, the 5-year probability of disease-free survival (DFS) was 31%, with a cumulative risk of relapse of 64%. For the purpose of this study, all complete responders were evaluated for analysis of disease outcome according to the intent-to-treat principle, regardless of whether they actually received the intended therapy. The 5-year DFS was 51% for the BMT group (n = 24), significantly higher (P = .03) than that observed for the other cohorts: 21% for ABMT (n = 35), 27% for SPC (n = 37), and 34% for a group of 31 nonrandomized (NR) patients. Bone marrow relapse was the most frequent cause of postremission failure in all therapeutic subgroups, including the BMT cohort, in which no deaths attributable to the toxicity of the procedure were recorded. The results of this study show that BMT is more effective than ABMT or SPC in preventing leukemia relapse and extending DFS duration in children with AML in first remission.

  20. Nutritional status at diagnosis in children and adolescents with cancer in the Asociacion de Hemato-Oncologia Pediatrica de Centro America (AHOPCA) countries: preliminary results from Guatemala.

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    Sala, Alessandra; Rossi, Emanuela; Antillon, Federico

    2008-02-01

    More than 50% of children with cancer in Guatemala have some degree of malnutrition at diagnosis. In particular, the proportions of patients with non-lymphoblastic leukemias and myelodysplasia (MDS) with moderate and severe malnutrition were 73% and 9% respectively; higher than that in the population with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), P = 0.0493. There was no relationship of nutritional status to gender. Children with ALL and other leukemias + MDS who had severe malnutrition were significantly younger than such malnourished children with solid tumors (P = 0.0003). The relationship of malnutrition to race was mixed, perhaps reflecting the frequent difficulty of accurately categorizing race. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  1. Prognostic significance of flow-cytometry evaluation of minimal residual disease in children with acute myeloid leukaemia treated according to the AIEOP-AML 2002/01 study protocol.

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    Buldini, Barbara; Rizzati, Frida; Masetti, Riccardo; Fagioli, Franca; Menna, Giuseppe; Micalizzi, Concetta; Putti, Maria Caterina; Rizzari, Carmelo; Santoro, Nicola; Zecca, Marco; Disarò, Silvia; Rondelli, Roberto; Merli, Pietro; Pigazzi, Martina; Pession, Andrea; Locatelli, Franco; Basso, Giuseppe

    2017-04-01

    In children with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), assessment of initial treatment response is an essential prognostic factor; methods more sensitive than morphology are still under evaluation. We report on the measurement of minimal residual disease (MRD), by multicolour flow-cytometry in one centralized laboratory, in 142 children with newly diagnosed AML enrolled in the Associazione Italiana di EmatoOncologia Pediatrica-AML 2002/01 trial. At the end of the first induction course, MRD was <0·1% in 69, 0·1-1% in 16 and >1% in 51 patients. The 8-year disease-free survival (DFS) of 125 children in morphological complete remission and with MRD <0·1%, 0·1-1% and ≥1% was 73·1 ± 5·6%, 37·8 ± 12·1% and 34·1 ± 8·8%, respectively (P < 0·01). MRD was also available after the second induction course in 92/142 patients. MRD was ≥0·1% at the end of the first induction course in 36 patients; 13 reached an MRD <0·1% after the second one and their DFS was 45·4 ± 16·7% vs. 22·8 ± 8·9% in patients with persisting MRD ≥0·1% (P = 0·037). Multivariate analysis demonstrated that MRD ≥0·1% after first induction course was, together with a monosomal karyotype, an independent adverse prognostic factor for DFS. Our results show that MRD detected by flow-cytometry after induction therapy predicts outcome in patients with childhood AML and can help stratifying post-remission treatment.

  2. AIEOP-BFM consensus guidelines 2016 for flow cytometric immunophenotyping of Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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    Dworzak, Michael N; Buldini, Barbara; Gaipa, Giuseppe; Ratei, Richard; Hrusak, Ondrej; Luria, Drorit; Rosenthal, Eti; Bourquin, Jean-Pierre; Sartor, Mary; Schumich, Angela; Karawajew, Leonid; Mejstrikova, Ester; Maglia, Oscar; Mann, Georg; Ludwig, Wolf-Dieter; Biondi, Andrea; Schrappe, Martin; Basso, Giuseppe

    2017-02-10

    Immunophenotyping by flow cytometry (FCM) is a worldwide mainstay in leukemia diagnostics. For concordant multicentric application, however, a gap exists between available classification systems, technologic standardization, and clinical needs. The AIEOP-BFM consortium induced an extensive standardization and validation effort between its nine national reference laboratories collaborating in immunophenotyping of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We elaborated common guidelines which take advantage of the possibilities of multi-color FCM: marker panel requirements, immunological blast gating, in-sample controls, tri-partite antigen expression rating (negative vs. weak or strong positive) with capturing of blast cell heterogeneities and subclone formation, refined ALL subclassification, and a dominant lineage assignment algorithm able to distinguish "simple" from bilineal/"complex" mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL) cases, which is essential for choice of treatment. These guidelines are a first step toward necessary inter-laboratory standardization of pediatric leukemia immunophenotyping for a concordant multicentric application. © 2017 International Clinical Cytometry Society.

  3. Incidence of colonization and bloodstream infection with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in children receiving antineoplastic chemotherapy in Italy.

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    Caselli, Desiree; Cesaro, Simone; Fagioli, Franca; Carraro, Francesca; Ziino, Ottavio; Zanazzo, Giulio; Meazza, Cristina; Colombini, Antonella; Castagnola, Elio

    2016-02-01

    Few data are available on the incidence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) infection or colonization in children receiving anticancer chemotherapy. We performed a nationwide survey among centers participating in the pediatric hematology-oncology cooperative study group (Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica, AIEOP). During a 2-year observation period, we observed a threefold increase in the colonization rate, and a fourfold increase of bloodstream infection episodes, caused by CPE, with a 90-day mortality of 14%. This first nationwide Italian pediatric survey shows that the circulation of CPE strains in the pediatric hematology-oncology environment is increasing. Given the mortality rate, which is higher than for other bacterial strains, specific monitoring should be applied and the results should have implications for health-care practice in pediatric hematology-oncology.

  4. Pharmacogenetics and induction/consolidation therapy toxicities in acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients treated with AIEOP-BFM ALL 2000 protocol.

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    Franca, R; Rebora, P; Bertorello, N; Fagioli, F; Conter, V; Biondi, A; Colombini, A; Micalizzi, C; Zecca, M; Parasole, R; Petruzziello, F; Basso, G; Putti, M C; Locatelli, F; d'Adamo, P; Valsecchi, M G; Decorti, G; Rabusin, M

    2017-01-01

    Drug-related toxicities represent an important clinical concern in chemotherapy, genetic variants could help tailoring treatment to patient. A pharmacogenetic multicentric study was performed on 508 pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients treated with AIEOP-BFM 2000 protocol: 28 variants were genotyped by VeraCode and Taqman technologies, deletions of GST-M1 and GST-T1 by multiplex PCR. Toxicities were derived from a central database: 251 patients (49.4%) experienced at least one gastrointestinal (GI) or hepatic (HEP) or neurological (NEU) grade III/IV episode during the remission induction phase: GI occurred in 63 patients (12.4%); HEP in 204 (40.2%) and NEU in 44 (8.7%). Logistic regression model adjusted for sex, risk and treatment phase revealed that ITPA rs1127354 homozygous mutated patients showed an increased risk of severe GI and NEU. ABCC1 rs246240 and ADORA2A rs2236624 homozygous mutated genotypes were associated to NEU and HEP, respectively. These three variants could be putative predictive markers for chemotherapy-related toxicities in AIEOP-BFM protocols.

  5. Front-line window therapy with cisplatin in patients with primary disseminated Ewing sarcoma: A study by the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica and Italian Sarcoma Group.

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    Luksch, Roberto; Grignani, Giovanni; D'Angelo, Paolo; Prete, Arcangelo; Puma, Nadia; Podda, Marta; Casanova, Michela; Ferrari, Andrea; Morosi, Carlo; Fagioli, Franca; Aglietta, Massimo; Ferrari, Stefano; Picci, Piero; Massimino, Maura

    2017-06-14

    The aim was to assess the activity of cisplatin (CDDP) in Ewing sarcoma (ES). The study consisted of front-line window therapy with CDDP 120 mg/sqm every 3 weeks for two courses in children and young adults with primary disseminated ES. Response was assessed using the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours criteria, and Simon's two-stage design was applied. Twelve consecutive patients were enrolled in stage 1. Only one objective response was observed. Since the target response rate was not achieved, accrual was stopped and CDDP as a single agent in ES was judged unworthy of further assessment. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Flow diagnostics essential code: a simple and brief format for the summary of leukemia phenotyping.

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    Hrušák, Ondřej; Basso, Giuseppe; Ratei, Richard; Gaipa, Giuseppe; Luria, Drorit; Mejstříková, Ester; Karawajew, Leonid; Buldini, Barbara; Rozenthal, Eti; Bourquin, Jean Pierre; Kalina, Tomáš; Sartor, Mary; Dworzak, Michael N

    2014-07-01

    Flow cytometry is a valuable part in the routine diagnostics of acute leukemia (AL). Although internationally recognized definitions of main AL subsets are available, there is currently no consensus format for the short summary of clinical flow cytometry reports. Since clinical reports are too long for most database purposes, there is a need for a standardized format of their short summaries. The Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica--Berlin Frankfurt Muenster (AIEOP-BFM) Flow Network that encompasses reference diagnostics laboratories in Australia, Austria, Czechia, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Switzerland have designed a pro-forma for the summary of flow cytometry results in the diagnosis of leukemia. The process involved several meetings and other communications, during which the group established a consensus on the essentials that lead to the diagnostic conclusions in childhood AL. The "Flow Diagnostics Essential (FDE) Code" is a result from an agreement within the AIEOP-BFM Flow Network. In a standardized format, it reports the extent of the infiltration by a malignant clone, followed by description antigen expression as strong, weak or negative, and a diagnostic conclusion. A consensus brief format (the "FDE Code") has been designed as a brief summary of the diagnostic immunophenotype of childhood AL. It is also applicable for the diagnostic investigation of other malignancies by flow cytometry. The FDE code may be included in the final clinical report and/or used in the setting of a multicenter clinical trial database. © 2013 Clinical Cytometry Society.

  7. Patterns of domestic migrations and access to childhood cancer care centres in Italy: a report from the hospital based registry of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (AIEOP).

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    Dama, Elisa; Rondelli, Roberto; De Rosa, Marisa; Aricò, Maurizio; Carli, Modesto; Bellani, Franca Fossati; Magnani, Corrado; Merletti, Franco; Pastore, Guido; Pession, Andrea

    2008-10-01

    Tertiary care centres, grouped in the Italian Association of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology (AIEOP) are unevenly distributed across the country. In an attempt to describe their perceived efficacy, we matched the residence and the location of the treatment centre in 18,441 patients aged AIEOP network between 1989 and 2005. Overall, centres located in the central and southern regions were less appealing than those located in the North, although this trend decreased over the study period. Patients with solid tumours migrated more frequently than those with leukaemia or lymphoma. Information resulting from better knowledge of the non-random migrations for treatment of children with cancer will be useful to refine planning of the national paediatric haematology-oncology network with social and economic implications.

  8. Late MRD response determines relapse risk overall and in subsets of childhood T-cell ALL: results of the AIEOP-BFM-ALL 2000 study.

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    Schrappe, Martin; Valsecchi, Maria Grazia; Bartram, Claus R; Schrauder, André; Panzer-Grümayer, Renate; Möricke, Anja; Parasole, Rosanna; Zimmermann, Martin; Dworzak, Michael; Buldini, Barbara; Reiter, Alfred; Basso, Giuseppe; Klingebiel, Thomas; Messina, Chiara; Ratei, Richard; Cazzaniga, Giovanni; Koehler, Rolf; Locatelli, Franco; Schäfer, Beat W; Aricò, Maurizio; Welte, Karl; van Dongen, Jacques J M; Gadner, Helmut; Biondi, Andrea; Conter, Valentino

    2011-08-25

    The prognostic value of MRD in large series of childhood T-ALL has not yet been established. Trial AIEOP-BFM-ALL 2000 introduced standardized quantitative assessment of MRD for stratification, based on immunoglobulin and TCR gene rearrangements as polymerase chain reaction targets: Patients were considered MRD standard risk (MRD-SR) if MRD was negative at day 33 (time point 1 [TP1]) and day 78 (TP2), analyzed by at least 2 sensitive markers; MRD intermediate risk (MRD-IR) if positive either at day 33 or 78 and < 10(-3) at day 78; and MRD high risk (MRD-HR) if ≥ 10(-3) at day 78. A total of 464 patients with T-ALL were stratified by MRD: 16% of them were MRD-SR, 63% MRD-IR, and 21% MRD-HR. Their 7-year event-free-survival (SE) was 91.1% (3.5%), 80.6% (2.3%), and 49.8% (5.1%) (P < .001), respectively. Negativity of MRD at TP1 was the most favorable prognostic factor. An excellent outcome was also obtained in 32% of patients turning MRD negative only at TP2, indicating that early (TP1) MRD levels were irrelevant if MRD at TP2 was negative (48% of all patients). MRD ≥ 10(-3) at TP2 constitutes the most important predictive factor for relapse in childhood T-ALL. The study is registered at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov; "Combination Chemotherapy Based on Risk of Relapse in Treating Young Patients With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," protocol identification #NCT00430118 for BFM and #NCT00613457 for AIEOP.

  9. Radiation treatment of early vocal cord carcinoma. Eighteen years experience at "Instituto de Oncologia y Radioterapia de Mar del Plata".

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    Castro Vita, H

    1990-01-01

    A detailed retrospective analysis of 260 patients with T 1 NO MO vocal cord carcinoma treated at "Instituto de Oncologia y Radioterapia de Mar del Plata" from 1967 to 1985 was performed. The majority of the patients were in the age range of 50 to 79 years, and 79% were males. The overall observed three year tumor free survival was 85.3%. When survival rate was adjusted for intercurrent disease and second primary tumor death, the 3 year tumor free survival was 92%. Sixty two percent of the patients (17/27) undergoing surgical salvage for recurrence, were controlled. Second primary tumors were seen in 18 patients (6.9%). It is emphasized the importance of close follow up to diagnose as early as possible both the vocal cord recurrence and the second primary tumors.

  10. Partnership of the Sociedade Brasileira de Oncologia Pediátrica and International Society of Pediatric Oncology to improve nutritional care for children with cancer in Brazil.

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    Viani, Karina; Filho, Vicente Odone; Ferman, Sima; Fonseca, Teresa Cristina Cardoso; Oliveira, Vanessa da Cunha; Lemos, Priscila Dos Santos Maia; Barr, Ronald D; Ladas, Elena J

    The authors present a proposal of a partnership between the Sociedade Brasileira de Oncologia Pediátrica (SOBOPE) and the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) to promote the standardization and improvement of nutritional care of kids under cancer treatment in Brazil. The results of the first meeting in Brazil as well as plans for future meetings are described. Copyright © 2017 Associação Brasileira de Hematologia, Hemoterapia e Terapia Celular. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  11. Influence of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphisms on the outcome of pediatric patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated with high-dose methotrexate.

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    D'Angelo, Velia; Ramaglia, Maria; Iannotta, Adriana; Francese, Matteo; Pota, Elvira; Affinita, Maria Carmen; Pecoraro, Giulia; Indolfi, Cristiana; Di Martino, Martina; Di Pinto, Daniela; Buffardi, Salvatore; Poggi, Vincenzo; Indolfi, Paolo; Casale, Fiorina

    2013-12-01

    High-dose methotrexate (MTX) is a key component of most treatment protocols for childhood and adolescent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Recent studies have suggested that the toxicity of antifolate drugs, such as MTX, is affected by inherited single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in folate metabolizing genes. The aim of our study was to investigate the potential influence of the C677T and A1298C genetic variants of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene on the clinical toxicity and efficacy of MTX in pediatric patients with NHL (n = 95) treated with therapeutic protocols Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) LNH-97 and EURO LB-02. We demonstrated that patients with the 677T genotype had an approximately six-fold greater risk of developing hematological toxicity compared with wild-type carriers, especially in the 1 g/m(2) treatment group (p = 0.01). Moreover, we identified a correlation between the risk of relapse and the T genotype: T carriers had reduced disease-free survival compared with wild-type patients (67% vs. 100%). Our data suggest a pharmacogenetic influence on the adverse effects of high-dose MTX in the 1 g/m(2) treatment group.

  12. The prognostic value of biological markers in paediatric Hodgkin lymphoma.

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    Farruggia, Piero; Puccio, Giuseppe; Sala, Alessandra; Todesco, Alessandra; Buffardi, Salvatore; Garaventa, Alberto; Bottigliero, Gaetano; Bianchi, Maurizio; Zecca, Marco; Locatelli, Franco; Pession, Andrea; Pillon, Marta; Favre, Claudio; D'Amico, Salvatore; Provenzi, Massimo; Trizzino, Angela; Zanazzo, Giulio Andrea; Sau, Antonella; Santoro, Nicola; Murgia, Giulio; Casini, Tommaso; Mascarin, Maurizio; Burnelli, Roberta

    2016-01-01

    Many biological and inflammatory markers have been proposed as having a prognostic value at diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), but very few have been validated in paediatric patients. We explored the significance of these markers in a large population of 769 affected children. By using the database of patients enrolled in A.I.E.O.P. (Associazione Italiana di Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica) trial LH2004 for paediatric HL, we identified 769 consecutive patients treated with curative intent from 1st June 2004 to 1st April 2014 with ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine), or hybrid COPP/ABV (cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone, procarbazine, doxorubicin, bleomycin and vinblastine) regimens. On multivariate analysis with categorical forms, the 5-year freedom from progression survival was significantly lower in patients with stage IV or elevated value of platelets, eosinophils and ferritin at diagnosis. Furthermore, stage IV and eosinophils seem to maintain their predictive value independently of interim (after IV cycles of chemotherapy) positron emission tomography. Using the combination of four simple markers such as stage IV and elevated levels of platelets, ferritin and eosinophils, it is possible to classify the patients into subgroups with very different outcomes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Diagnosis and management of acquired aplastic anemia in childhood. Guidelines from the Marrow Failure Study Group of the Pediatric Haemato-Oncology Italian Association (AIEOP).

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    Barone, Angelica; Lucarelli, Annunziata; Onofrillo, Daniela; Verzegnassi, Federico; Bonanomi, Sonia; Cesaro, Simone; Fioredda, Francesca; Iori, Anna Paola; Ladogana, Saverio; Locasciulli, Anna; Longoni, Daniela; Lanciotti, Marina; Macaluso, Alessandra; Mandaglio, Rosalba; Marra, Nicoletta; Martire, Baldo; Maruzzi, Matteo; Menna, Giuseppe; Notarangelo, Lucia Dora; Palazzi, Giovanni; Pillon, Marta; Ramenghi, Ugo; Russo, Giovanna; Svahn, Johanna; Timeus, Fabio; Tucci, Fabio; Cugno, Chiara; Zecca, Marco; Farruggia, Piero; Dufour, Carlo; Saracco, Paola

    2015-06-01

    Acquired aplastic anemia (AA) is a rare heterogeneous disease characterized by pancytopenia and hypoplastic bone marrow. The incidence is 2-3/million inhabitants/year, in Europe, but higher in East Asia. Survival in severe aplastic anemia (SAA) has markedly improved in the past 2 decades because of advances in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, immunosuppressive and biologic drugs, and supportive care. In SAA hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) from a matched sibling donor (MSD) is the treatment of choice. If a MSD is not available, the options include immunosuppressive therapy (IST) or unrelated donor HSCT. The objective of this guideline is to provide healthcare professionals with clear guidance on the diagnosis and management of pediatric patients with AA. A preliminary, evidence-based document issued by a group of pediatric hematologists was discussed, modified and approved during a series of "Consensus Conferences" according to procedures previously validated by the AIEOP Board. The guidelines highlight the importance of referring pediatric patients with AA to pediatric centers with long experience in diagnosis, differential diagnosis, management, supportive care and follow-up of AA.

  14. Outcome of children with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia given autologous or allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in the aieop AML-2002/01 study.

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    Locatelli, F; Masetti, R; Rondelli, R; Zecca, M; Fagioli, F; Rovelli, A; Messina, C; Lanino, E; Bertaina, A; Favre, C; Giorgiani, G; Ripaldi, M; Ziino, O; Palumbo, G; Pillon, M; Pession, A; Rutella, S; Prete, A

    2015-02-01

    We analyzed the outcome of 243 children with high-risk (HR) AML in first CR1 enrolled in the AIEOP-2002/01 protocol, who were given either allogeneic (ALLO; n=141) or autologous (AUTO; n=102) hematopoietic SCT (HSCT), depending on the availability of a HLA-compatible sibling. Infants, patients with AML-M7, or complex karyotype or those with FLT3-ITD, were eligible to be transplanted also from alternative donors. All patients received a myeloablative regimen combining busulfan, cyclophosphamide and melphalan; [corrected] AUTO-HSCT patients received BM cells in most cases, while in children given ALLO-HSCT stem cell source was BM in 96, peripheral blood in 19 and cord blood in 26. With a median follow-up of 57 months (range 12-130), the probability of disease-free survival (DFS) was 73% and 63% in patients given either ALLO- or AUTO-HSCT, respectively (P=NS). Although the cumulative incidence (CI) of relapse was lower in ALLO- than in AUTO-HSCT recipients (17% vs 28%, respectively; P=0.043), the CI of TRM was 7% in both groups. Patients transplanted with unrelated donor cord blood had a remarkable 92.3% 8-year DFS probability. Altogether, these data confirm that HSCT is a suitable option for preventing leukemia recurrence in HR children with CR1 AML.

  15. Survival results in five malignant neoplasms separated by a decade at Institut Català d'Oncologia, Spain.

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    Germá-Lluch, José Ramón; Petriz, Lourdes; Lopez, Pau; Asensio, Esther

    2017-09-22

    Five years' data relative survival (RS) is presented in 3 solid tumours: breast, colorectal (CRC) and lung and 2 haematologic neoplasms: large B cell lymphoma (NHL-B) and multiple myeloma (MM) treated at Institut Català d'Oncologia between 2010-2011 in comparison with the results obtained in a historical special cohort from 1998-1999. A database was created in a common safe and accessible repository. We have introduced more than 5,000 medical records. To analyse the results the statistical package R(®) was used for RS. The overall RS at 5 years for 2010-2011 was: CRC 67%, breast 93.6%, lung 28%, NHL-B 68% and MM 62%, while for 1998-1999 is was: CRC 61.8%, breast 88.8%, lung 23.1%, NHL-B 67.7%, and MM 43.4%. Comparative results have shown a 5% overall improvement in RS for the 3 solid tumours, a significant increase in MM and a stabilisation in the NHL-B. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  16. A hematology consensus agreement on antifungal strategies for neutropenic patients with hematological malignancies and stem cell transplant recipients. Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche dell'Adulto, Gruppo Italiano Trapianto di Midollo Osseo, Associazione Italiana Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica, Invasive Fungal Infections Cooperative Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer and Sorveglianza Epidemiologica delle Infezioni Fungine nelle Emopatie Maligne.

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    Girmenia, Corrado; Aversa, Franco; Busca, Alessandro; Candoni, Anna; Cesaro, Simone; Luppi, Mario; Pagano, Livio; Rossi, Giuseppe; Venditti, Adriano; Nosari, Anna Maria

    2013-09-01

    In the attempt to establish key therapy definitions and provide shared approaches to invasive fungal diseases in neutropenic patients, trials of empiric, preeemptive and targeted antifungal therapy (EAT, PAT and TAT) were reviewed, and a Consensus Development Conference Project was convened. The Expert-Panel concurred that all antifungal treatments, including EAT, should always follow an adequate diagnostic strategy and that the standard definition of PAT may be misleading: being PAT guided by the results of a diagnostic work-up, it should better be termed diagnostic-driven antifungal therapy (DDAT). The Expert-Panel agreed that radiological findings alone are insufficient for the choice of a TAT and that the identification of the etiologic pathogen is needed. The Consensus Agreement proceeded identifying which clinical and microbiological findings were sufficient to start a DDAT and which were not. Finally, an algorithm to rationalize the choice of antifungal drugs on the basis of clinical manifestations, antifungal prophylaxis, instrumental and laboratory findings was drawn up.

  17. Myocardial performance index and biochemical markers for early detection of doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity in children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

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    Ruggiero, Antonio; De Rosa, Gabriella; Rizzo, Daniela; Leo, Andrea; Maurizi, Palma; De Nisco, Alessia; Vendittelli, Francesca; Zuppi, Cecilia; Mordente, Alvaro; Riccardi, Riccardo

    2013-10-01

    Despite significant improvements in the prognosis of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the risk of anthracycline-induced cardiovascular disease remains a major concern. This study was designed to investigate the role of the myocardial performance index (MPI) and serum concentrations of biomarkers (cTnT and NT-pro-BNP) in the early detection of subclinical anthracycline-induced functional alterations in children with ALL. All children consecutively admitted to our Pediatric Oncologic Department from January 2009 to October 2010 with a diagnosis of ALL were enrolled in this study. cTnT and NT-pro-BNP were evaluated in all patients at diagnosis, before doxorubicin therapy and 2 and 24 h following each anthracycline administration. ECG and echocardiography were performed at diagnosis and 24 h after each anthracycline course. Nineteen children with standard-risk ALL were evaluated. The mean age was 6 years. The cumulative doxorubicin dosage was 240 mg/m(2) according to the AIEOP (Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica) ALL 2000 protocol. None of the 19 patients developed congestive heart failure. With increasing cumulative dosages of anthracyclines a significant increase was observed in MPI. This increase was statistically significant starting from the cumulative dosage of 120 mg/m(2) compared to baseline, while the median NT-pro-BNP level did not change significantly during treatment and cTnT levels never exceeded the cut-off value for cardiac injury. MPI value is a sensitive and accurate parameter, allowing subclinical cardiac dysfunction to be detected in children receiving anthracyclines. Lifelong cardiac surveillance of these patients is warranted in order to determine the clinical implications of increased MPI on long-term cardiac status.

  18. Ewing Sarcoma of the Bone in Children under 6 Years of Age

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    De Ioris, Maria Antonietta; Prete, Arcangelo; Cozza, Raffaele; Podda, Marta; Manzitti, Carla; Pession, Andrea; Schiavello, Elisabetta; Contoli, Benedetta; Balter, Rita; Fagioli, Franca; Bisogno, Gianni; Amoroso, Loredana

    2013-01-01

    Background Ewing Sarcoma Family Tumours (ESFT) are rare in early childhood. The aim of this study was to report the clinical characteristics and outcome of children under 6 years of age affected by ESFT of the bone in Italy. Methods The records of all the children diagnosed with osseous ESFT in centres members of the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica (AIEOP) from 1990 to 2008 were reviewed. The Kaplan–Meier method was used for estimating overall and progression-free survival (OS, PFS) curves; multivariate analyses were performed using Cox proportional hazards regression model. Results This study includes 62 patients. An axial primary localization was present in 66% of patients, with the primary site in the chest wall in 34%. Fourteen (23%) patients presented metastatic disease. The 5-year OS and PFS were 73% (95% confidence interval, CI, 58–83%) and 72% (95% CI 57–83%) for patients with localized disease and 38% (95% CI 17–60%) and 21% (95% CI 5–45%) for patients with metastatic disease. Metastatic spread, skull/pelvis/spine primary localization, progression during treatment and no surgery predicted worse survival (P<0.01), while patients treated in the last decade had better survival (P  = 0.002). In fact, the 5-year OS and PFS for patients diagnosed in the period 2000–2008 were 89% (95% CI 71–96%) and 86% (95% CI 66–94%), respectively. Conclusion The axial localization is the most common site of ESFT in pre-scholar children. Patients treated in the most recent period have an excellent outcome. PMID:23382839

  19. [High dose chemotherapy with autologous stem-cell support in germ cell tumors: The Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil Series].

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    Brito, Margarida; Sanchez, Pedro; Velho, Sónia; Miranda, Nuno; Leal da Costa, Fernando; Ferreira, Isabelina; Teixeira, Gilda; Guimarães, António; Abecasis, Manuel; Passos Coelho, J L

    2011-01-01

    High dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation (HDCT-ASCT) has been administered to patients with high-risk germ cell tumours (GCT). The role of this treatment for GCT still remains unclear, including the identification of subgroups more likely to benefit from such strategy. A retrospective review was conducted of all male patients with gonadal and extra gonadal GCT treated with HDCT-ASCT between 1996 and 2008 at the Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil (IPOLFG). Twenty patients were treated with HDCT-ASCT, 17 with primary testicular tumours, two mediastinal and one retroperitoneal GCT. According to the International Germ Cell Cancer Consensus Group (IGCCCG) classification, at diagnosis three patients had good risk, four intermediate, eight poor but for the patients left the risk group could not be ascertained. In eight patients HDCT-ASCT was used upfront, after induction with first-line conventional chemotherapy, and in the remaining 12 for relapsed GCT. One patient had platinum-resistant and another platinum-refractory disease. Only two patients had Beyer score > 2. All but one patient were treated with ICE (Ifosfamide, Carboplatin, Etoposide). Six patients underwent a second HDCT-ASCT course. The 5-year overall survival and progression free survival were respectively 53% and 44%; both patients with mediastinal GCT are long term survivors. Randomized studies to date have failed to indicate a survival advantage for HDCT-ASCT in GCT. This series is small and heterogeneous which prevents us from drawing conclusions regarding the benefit of this treatment for GCT. However, we could confirm the lack of benefit of HDCT-ASCT for platinum-resistant GCT and to question the absolute contraindication to this therapeutic modality in mediastinal GCT. HDCT-ASCT should therefore be performed exclusively in experienced centers and, preferably, in the setting of clinical trials.

  20. A multicenter retrospective study of chemotherapy for recurrent intracranial ependymal tumors in adults by the Gruppo Italiano Cooperativo di Neuro-Oncologia.

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    Brandes, Alba A; Cavallo, Giovanna; Reni, Michele; Tosoni, Alicia; Nicolardi, Linda; Scopece, Luciano; Franceschi, Enrico; Sotti, Guido; Talacchi, Andrea; Turazzi, Sergio; Ermani, Mario

    2005-07-01

    No data on the role of chemotherapy in recurrent ependymal tumors are available in adults. The aim of the current study was to investigate outcomes after salvage chemotherapy in this setting. A retrospective review was made of the charts of 28 adults (> or = 18 years) with progressive or recurrent ependymal tumors after surgery and radiotherapy, who received chemotherapy between 1993 and 2003 in 3 institutions of the Gruppo Italiano Cooperativo di Neuro-Oncologia network. Thirteen patients (46.3%) received cisplatin-based chemotherapy (Group A) and 15 (53.7%) received regimens without cisplatin (Group B). Platinum-based chemotherapy yielded 2 complete responses (CR) (15.4%) and 2 (15.4%) partial responses (PR), whereas 7 patients (53.8%) remained stable (SD). After regimens without cisplatin, there were no CR, 2 PR (13.3%), and 11 SD (73.3%). The overall median time to progression was 9.9 months (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 7.5-21.7 months), 9.9 months (5.2-not reached) for Group A and 10.9 months (95% CI, 7.17-23.9 months) for Group B. The overall median survival (OS) was 40.7 months (95% CI, 16-not reached), 31 months (21-not reached) for Group A and 40.7 months (13.4-not reached) for Group B. Cisplatin-based chemotherapy achieved a higher response rate, but did not prolong disease progression-free survival or OS. More active regimens for the salvage treatment of ependymal tumors have yet to be found.

  1. Feasibility and Outcome of Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation with Post-Transplant High-Dose Cyclophosphamide for Children and Adolescents with Hematologic Malignancies: An AIEOP-GITMO Retrospective Multicenter Study.

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    Berger, Massimo; Lanino, Edoardo; Cesaro, Simone; Zecca, Marco; Vassallo, Elena; Faraci, Maura; De Bortoli, Massimiliano; Barat, Veronica; Prete, Arcangelo; Fagioli, Franca

    2016-05-01

    Post-transplant high-dose cyclophosphamide (PTCy) is a novel approach to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and rejection in patients given haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Thirty-three patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies and lacking a match-related or -unrelated donor were treated with PTCy haploidentical HSCT in 5 Italian AIEOP centers. Nineteen patients had a nonmyeloablative preparative regimen (57%), and 14 patients received a full myeloablative conditioning regimen (43%). No patients received serotherapy; GVHD prophylaxis was based on PTCy (50 mg/kg on days +3 and +4) combined with mycophenolate plus tacrolimus or cyclosporine A. Neutrophil and platelet engraftment was achieved on days +17 (range, 14 to 37) and +27 (range, 16 to 71). One patient had autologous reconstitution for anti-HLA antibodies. Acute GVHD grades II to IV and III to IV and chronic GVHD developed in 22% (95% CI, 11 to 42), 3% (95% CI, 0 to 21), and 4% (95% CI, 0 to 27) of cases, respectively. The 1-year overall survival rate was 72% (95% CI, 56 to 88), progression-free survival rate was 61% (95% CI, 43 to 80), cumulative incidence of relapse was 24% (95% CI, 13 to 44), and transplant-related mortality was 9% (95% CI, 3 to 26). The univariate analysis for risk of relapse incidence showed how 3 significant variables, mother as donor (P = .02), donor gender as female (P = .04), and patient gender as female (P = .02), were significantly associated with a lower risk of relapse. Disease progression was the main cause of death. PTCy is a safe procedure also for children and adolescents who have already received several lines of chemotherapy. Among the different diseases, a trend for better 1-year rates of overall survival was obtained for nonacute leukemia patients.

  2. Recommendations for the use of long-term central venous catheter (CVC) in children with hemato-oncological disorders: management of CVC-related occlusion and CVC-related thrombosis. On behalf of the coagulation defects working group and the supportive therapy working group of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (AIEOP).

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    Giordano, Paola; Saracco, Paola; Grassi, Massimo; Luciani, Matteo; Banov, Laura; Carraro, Francesca; Crocoli, Alessandro; Cesaro, Simone; Zanazzo, Giulio Andrea; Molinari, Angelo Claudio

    2015-11-01

    Central venous catheters (CVC), used for the management of children with hemato-oncological disorders, are burdened by a significant incidence of mechanical, infective, or thrombotic complications. These complications favor an increasing risk in prolongation of hospitalization, extra costs of care, and sometimes severe life-threatening events. No guidelines for the management of CVC-related occlusion and CVC-related thrombosis are available for children. To this aim, members of the coagulation defects working group and the supportive therapy working group of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (AIEOP) reviewed the pediatric and adult literature to propose the first recommendations for the management of CVC-related occlusion and CVC-related thrombosis in children with hemato-oncological disorders.

  3. Prognostic factors in advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. (Gruppo Interregionale Cooperativo di Oncologia Ginecologica (GICOG)).

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    Marsoni, S.; Torri, V.; Valsecchi, M. G.; Belloni, C.; Bianchi, U.; Bolis, G.; Bonazzi, C.; Colombo, N.; Epis, A.; Favalli, G.

    1990-01-01

    The data on 914 patients enrolled in four randomised trials in advanced ovarian cancer, consecutively conducted by the same cooperative group between 1978 and 1986, were analysed with the aims of: (1) determining the impact of selected prognostic variables on survival; (2) finding, from the interaction of favourable prognostic factors and treatment, an approximate estimate of the magnitude of the survival advantage associated with the use of platinum-based combination chemotherapy. The overall 3-year survival in this series of patients is twice that reported historically (22%; 95% CL 18.7-25.4). The proportional hazard regression model was used to perform the analysis on survival. Residual tumour size, age, FIGO stage and cell type were all independent determinants of survival. Differences in survival from the various prognostic groups were impressive with 5-year survival rates ranging from 7 to 62%. However, these differences were not qualitative (i.e. the kinetics of survival were similar for the best and the worst groups) suggesting that current prognostic factors are of little use for selecting 'biologically' different sub-populations. Platinum-based regimens were associated to an overall prolonged median survival, but this benefit was not observable in the subgroup with most favourable prognosis (less than 2 cm residual tumour size). The implications of these observations for clinical research and ovarian cancer patients care are discussed. PMID:2119684

  4. A survey on hematology-oncology pediatric AIEOP centers: prophylaxis, empirical therapy and nursing prevention procedures of infectious complications.

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    Livadiotti, Susanna; Milano, Giuseppe Maria; Serra, Annalisa; Folgori, Laura; Jenkner, Alessandro; Castagnola, Elio; Cesaro, Simone; Rossi, Mario R; Barone, Angelica; Zanazzo, Giulio; Nesi, Francesca; Licciardello, Maria; De Santis, Raffaella; Ziino, Ottavio; Cellini, Monica; Porta, Fulvio; Caselli, Desiree; Pontrelli, Giuseppe

    2012-01-01

    A nationwide questionnaire-based survey was designed to evaluate the management and prophylaxis of febrile neutropenia in pediatric patients admitted to hematology-oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplant units. Of the 34 participating centers, 40 and 63%, respectively, continue to prescribe antibacterial and antimycotic prophylaxis in low-risk subjects and 78 and 94% in transplant patients. Approximately half of the centers prescribe a combination antibiotic regimen as first-line therapy in low-risk patients and up to 81% in high-risk patients. When initial empirical therapy fails after seven days, 63% of the centers add empirical antimycotic therapy in low-and 81% in high-risk patients. Overall management varies significantly across centers. Preventive nursing procedures are in accordance with international guidelines. This survey is the first to focus on prescribing practices in children with cancer and could help to implement practice guidelines.

  5. Mutations of SETBP1 and JAK3 in juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia: a report from the Italian AIEOP study group.

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    Bresolin, Silvia; De Filippi, Paola; Vendemini, Francesca; D'Alia, Mirko; Zecca, Marco; Meyer, Lueder H; Danesino, Cesare; Locatelli, Franco; Masetti, Riccardo; Basso, Giuseppe; Te Kronnie, Geertruy

    2016-05-17

    Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) is a rare aggressive disease of early childhood. Driver mutations in the Ras signaling pathways are a key feature of JMML patients. Mutations in SETBP1 and JAK3 were recently identified in a subset of JMML patients characterized by poor prognosis and progression of disease. In this study, we report the results of a screening for mutations in SETBP1 and JAK3 of a cohort of seventy Italian patients with JMML, identifying 11.4% of them harboring secondary mutations in these two genes and discovering two new mutations in the SKI domain of SETBP1.JMML xenotransplantation and colony assay provide an initial understanding of the secondary nature of these events occurring in early precursor cells and suggest a different propagating capacity of clones harboring particular mutations.

  6. Characterization of children with FLT3-ITD acute myeloid leukemia: a report from the AIEOP AML-2002 study group.

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    Manara, E; Basso, G; Zampini, M; Buldini, B; Tregnago, C; Rondelli, R; Masetti, R; Bisio, V; Frison, M; Polato, K; Cazzaniga, G; Menna, G; Fagioli, F; Merli, P; Biondi, A; Pession, A; Locatelli, F; Pigazzi, M

    2017-01-01

    Recurrent molecular markers have been routinely used in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) for risk assessment at diagnosis, whereas their post-induction monitoring still represents a debated issue. We evaluated the prognostic value and biological impact of minimal residual disease (MRD) and of the allelic ratio (AR) of FLT3-internal-tandem duplication (ITD) in childhood AML. We retrospectively screened 494 children with de novo AML for FLT3-ITD mutation, identifying 54 harboring the mutation; 51% of them presented high ITD-AR at diagnosis and had worse event-free survival (EFS, 19.2 versus 63.5% for low ITD-AR, <0.05). Forty-one percent of children with high levels of MRD after the 1st induction course, measured by a patient-specific real-time-PCR, had worse EFS (22.2 versus 59.4% in low-MRD patients, P<0.05). Next, we correlated these parameters with gene expression, showing that patients with high ITD-AR or persistent MRD had characteristic expression profiles with deregulated genes involved in methylation and acetylation. Moreover, patients with high CyclinA1 expression presented an unfavorable EFS (20.3 versus 51.2% in low CyclinA1 group, P<0.01). Our results suggest that ITD-AR levels and molecular MRD should be considered in planning clinical management of FLT3-ITD patients. Different transcriptional activation of epigenetic and oncogenic profiles may explain variability in outcome among these patients, for whom novel therapeutic approaches are desirable.

  7. Marriage and parenthood among childhood cancer survivors: a report from the Italian AIEOP Off-Therapy Registry

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    Pivetta, Emanuele; Maule, Milena M.; Pisani, Paola; Zugna, Daniela; Haupt, Riccardo; Jankovic, Momcilo; Aricò, Maurizio; Casale, Fiorina; Clerico, Anna; Cordero di Montezemolo, Luca; Kiren, Valentina; Locatelli, Franco; Palumbo, Giovanna; Pession, Andrea; Pillon, Marta; Santoro, Nicola; Terenziani, Monica; Valsecchi, Maria Grazia; Dama, Elisa; Magnani, Corrado; Merletti, Franco; Pastore, Guido

    2011-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to describe the patterns of marriage and parenthood in a cohort of childhood cancer survivors included in the Off-Therapy Registry maintained by the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Design and Methods We analyzed a cohort of 6,044 patients diagnosed with cancer between 1960 and 1998, while aged 0 to 14 years and who were 18 years old or older by December 2003. They were followed up through the regional vital statistics registers until death or the end of follow up (October 30, 2006), whichever occurred first, and their marital status and date of birth of their children were recorded. The cumulative probabilities of being married and having a first child were computed by gender and compared by tumor type within the cohort. Marriage and fertility rates (the latter defined as the number of live births per woman-year) were compared with those of the Italian population of the same age, gender, area of residence and calendar period by means of the observed to expected (O/E) ratios. Results During the follow-up period, 4,633 (77%) subjects had not married. The marriage O/E ratios were 0.56 (95% CI: 0.51–0.61) and 0.70 (95% CI: 0.65–0.76) among men and women, respectively. Overall, 263 men had 367 liveborn children, and 473 women had 697 liveborn children. The female fertility O/E ratio was 0.57 (95% CI: 0.53–0.62) overall, and 1.08 (95% CI: 0.99–1.17) when analyses were restricted to married/cohabiting women Conclusions Childhood cancer survivors are less likely to marry and to have children than the general population, confirming the life-long impact of their previous disease on their social behavior and choices. The inclusion of counseling in the strategies of management and long-term surveillance of childhood cancer patients could be beneficial to survivors as they approach adulthood. PMID:21228031

  8. The influence of patient characteristics on the appropriateness of surgical treatment for breast cancer patients. Progetto Oncologia Femminile.

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    Nicolucci, A; Mainini, F; Penna, A; Scorpiglione, N; Grilli, R; Angiolini, C; Mari, E; Zola, P; Liberati, A

    1993-02-01

    Within the framework of a multi-annual educational intervention sponsored by the Ministry of Health and regional health authorities, patterns of the care delivered to breast cancer patients in Italian general hospitals were monitored in order to identify areas of practice whose quality was in need of improvement. Information on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in 63 general hospitals in eight Italian regions performed in 1724 consecutive breast cancer patients were retrospectively gathered from medical records. Quality of care was assessed by a diagnostic and therapeutic score based on the observed degree of compliance with previously established courses of action. The median value of the overall diagnostic and staging score was 60%. About one-third of surgical operations (38%) were inappropriate: one-fourth (24%) of patients with stage I-II disease had unnecessarily radical surgery (i.e., Halsted mastectomy), and limited surgery in patients with small tumors (i.e., < or = 2 cm) was under utilized. Chronological age influenced physicians' behaviour: elderly patients were more likely to have a less intensive diagnostic work-up and less appropriate surgical treatment (with more frequent performance of an unnecessary radical operation and a less frequent utilization of limited surgery), independently of their overall health status. The presence of one or more co-existent diseases was associated with a failure to undergo axillary clearance and with a lower utilization of conservative surgery independently of age. In accord with others, this study confirms the existence of a clinically important effect of patient age on diagnostic and therapeutic behaviour and the use of unnecessarily radical surgery procedures. The paper discusses the implications of these findings for the next stage of the educational project, in which practice guidelines will be developed and implemented to improve the quality of care for breast cancer patients.

  9. Hodgkin's disease in children: seventeen years experience at the Instituto Português de Oncologia de Francisco Gentil.

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    Patrício, M B; De Sousa, J V

    1981-10-01

    The experience of 52 children with Hodgkin's disease was reviewed. Compared with Hodgkin's disease in adults there was an increased incidence among boys. Mixed cellularity (MC) was the most common histologic type (60.5% in boys, and 64.4% in girls) as was also observed in adults (61.1% in men and 63.0% in women). The methods of therapy consisted of three main groups: extended-field radiotherapy (EFRT) + MOPP; involved-field radiotherapy (IVRT) + MOPP, 44.4% for IVRT + Monochemotherapy, and 80% for EFRT alone. The progressive improvement in results was associated with the change from IVRT to EFRT and the introduction of multiagent chemotherapy.

  10. Management and results of endometrial carcinoma treated at Instituto Português de Oncologia de Francisco Gentil.

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    Tavares, M A; Patricio, M B; Vilhena, M; Da Silva, J N

    1977-02-01

    The experience of 260 patients with endometrial carcinoma was reviewed. The influence of factors such as age, stage of disease, grade and degree of myometrial penetration on the survival was presented, showing that survival decreases in elderly patients, in patients with advanced stage of disease, when the tumor is undifferentiated, and when the tumor deeply penetrates the myometrium. The methods of therapy, fall into three main groups: surgery, radiotherapy, and combined therapy, the latter yielding the best 5-year survival rate, in all stages. The incidence of vaginal recurrences was low, probably due to the fact that 68.8% of the patients were treated by a combined therapeutic modality.

  11. The management of ductal intraepithelial neoplasia (DIN): open controversies and guidelines of the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (IEO), Milan, Italy.

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    Farante, Gabriel; Zurrida, Stefano; Galimberti, Viviana; Veronesi, Paolo; Curigliano, Giuseppe; Luini, Alberto; Goldhirsch, Aron; Veronesi, Umberto

    2011-07-01

    The management of ductal intraepithelial neoplasia (DIN) has substantially changed over the past 30 years, as its incidence has increased (from 2-3% to more than 20%), mainly due to the widespread use of mammography screening. This article describes not only the more widespread theoretical concepts on DIN but also the differences in the practical applications of the theory between different countries, different oncology specialists, and different cancer centers. Papers related to the international multicentre-randomized trials and retrospective studies were analyzed. We include articles and papers published between 1993 and 2010 related to patients with DIN, and abstracts and reports from MEDLINE and other sources were indentified. The standard of care for DIN consists of (a) breast conservative surgery (mastectomy is still indicated in large lesions--masses or microcalcifications--in about 30% of cases); (b) radiotherapy (RT) after conservative surgery, and (c) medical treatment in estrogen receptors-positive patients. However, most studies have shown significant differences between theory and practical application. Moreover, there are differences regarding (a) the indications of sentinel lymph node biopsy, (b) the definition and identification of low-risk DIN subgroups that can avoid RT and tamoxifen, and (c) the research into new alternative drugs in adjuvant medical therapy. A general agreement on the best management of DIN does not exist as yet. New large trials are needed in order to define the best management of DIN patients which is (in most respects) still complex and controversial.

  12. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission: a report from the AIEOP registry.

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    Fagioli, Franca; Quarello, Paola; Zecca, Marco; Lanino, Edoardo; Rognoni, Carla; Balduzzi, Adriana; Messina, Chiara; Favre, Claudio; Foà, Roberto; Ripaldi, Mimmo; Rutella, Sergio; Basso, Giuseppe; Prete, Arcangelo; Locatelli, Franco

    2013-08-01

    Children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission can benefit from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. We analyzed the outcome of 211 children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission who were given an allogeneic transplant between 1990 and 2008; the outcome of patients who, despite having an indication for transplantation and a suitable donor, did not receive the allograft for different reasons in the same time period was not analyzed. Sixty-nine patients (33%) were transplanted between 1990 and 1999, 58 (27%) between 2000 and 2005, and 84 (40%) between 2005 and 2008. A matched family donor was employed in 138 patients (65%) and an unrelated donor in 73 (35%). The 10-year probabilities of overall and disease-free survival were 63.4% and 61%, respectively. The 10-year cumulative incidences of transplantation-related mortality and relapse were 15% and 24%, respectively. After 1999, no differences in either disease-free survival or transplant-related mortality were observed in patients transplanted from unrelated or matched family donors. In multivariate analysis, grade IV acute graft-versus-host disease was an independent factor associated with worse disease-free survival. By contrast, grade I acute graft-versus-host disease and age at diagnosis between 1 and 9 years were favorable prognostic variables. Our study, not intended to evaluate whether transplantation is superior to chemotherapy for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission and high-risk features, shows that the allograft cured more than 60% of these patients; in the most recent period, the outcome of recipients of grafts from matched family and unrelated donors was comparable.

  13. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission: a report from the AIEOP registry

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    Fagioli, Franca; Quarello, Paola; Zecca, Marco; Lanino, Edoardo; Rognoni, Carla; Balduzzi, Adriana; Messina, Chiara; Favre, Claudio; Foà, Roberto; Ripaldi, Mimmo; Rutella, Sergio; Basso, Giuseppe; Prete, Arcangelo; Locatelli, Franco

    2013-01-01

    Children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission can benefit from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. We analyzed the outcome of 211 children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission who were given an allogeneic transplant between 1990 and 2008; the outcome of patients who, despite having an indication for transplantation and a suitable donor, did not receive the allograft for different reasons in the same time period was not analyzed. Sixty-nine patients (33%) were transplanted between 1990 and 1999, 58 (27%) between 2000 and 2005, and 84 (40%) between 2005 and 2008. A matched family donor was employed in 138 patients (65%) and an unrelated donor in 73 (35%). The 10-year probabilities of overall and disease-free survival were 63.4% and 61%, respectively. The 10-year cumulative incidences of transplantation-related mortality and relapse were 15% and 24%, respectively. After 1999, no differences in either disease-free survival or transplant-related mortality were observed in patients transplanted from unrelated or matched family donors. In multivariate analysis, grade IV acute graft-versus-host disease was an independent factor associated with worse disease-free survival. By contrast, grade I acute graft-versus-host disease and age at diagnosis between 1 and 9 years were favorable prognostic variables. Our study, not intended to evaluate whether transplantation is superior to chemotherapy for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission and high-risk features, shows that the allograft cured more than 60% of these patients; in the most recent period, the outcome of recipients of grafts from matched family and unrelated donors was comparable. PMID:23445874

  14. [Reversible cortical atrophy secondary to anti-NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis].

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    Bravo-Oro, Antonio; Acosta-Yebra, Danae; Grimaldo-Zapata, Ilse P; Reyes-Vaca, Guillermo

    2015-05-16

    Introduccion. La encefalitis por anticuerpos antirreceptor de N-metil-D-aspartato (NMDA) inicialmente se describio como un sindrome paraneoplasico asociado a teratoma de ovario, pero cada vez con mas frecuencia se han ido publicando casos en mujeres jovenes y niños como un cuadro encefalopatico autoinmune secundario en el 40-50% de los casos a un proceso viral. Clinicamente, se caracteriza por un cuadro progresivo de manifestaciones psiquiatricas, crisis convulsivas, discinesias y disautonomias. Un hallazgo neurorradiologico poco comunicado es la atrofia cortical reversible, de la cual se desconoce su mecanismo. Caso clinico. Niña que a los 6 años comenzo con crisis convulsivas focales, con electroencefalograma epileptogeno y tomografia de craneo inicial normal. Se inicio tratamiento anticonvulsionante. A las tres semanas aparecieron nuevas crisis convulsivas, manifestaciones psiquiatricas y alteraciones en el ciclo de sueño-vigilia. Ante la sospecha de encefalitis por anticuerpos antirreceptor de NMDA, estos se determinaron en el suero y el liquido cefalorraquideo con resultado positivo. Resonancia magnetica durante el ingreso con atrofia cortical generalizada. Oncologia Pediatrica descarto asociacion a tumores. A los dos años del cuadro, con la paciente libre de crisis convulsivas, una valoracion neuropsicologica mostro la afectacion de funciones ejecutivas y una resonancia magnetica de control evidencio la recuperacion de la atrofia cortical. Conclusion. El mecanismo de la atrofia cortical reversible se desconoce, pero en pacientes con encefalitis por anticuerpos antirreceptor de NMDA podria ser directamente proporcional a la cantidad de anticuerpos circulantes y el tiempo de exposicion a estos en la corteza cerebral. Es muy importante el diagnostico temprano y el inicio de inmunomodulacion.

  15. Single-day trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole prophylaxis for Pneumocystis pneumonia in children with cancer.

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    Caselli, Désirée; Petris, Maria Grazia; Rondelli, Roberto; Carraro, Francesca; Colombini, Antonella; Muggeo, Paola; Ziino, Ottavio; Melchionda, Fraia; Russo, Giovanna; Pierani, Paolo; Soncini, Elena; DeSantis, Raffaella; Zanazzo, Giulio; Barone, Angelica; Cesaro, Simone; Cellini, Monica; Mura, Rossella; Milano, Giuseppe M; Meazza, Cristina; Cicalese, Maria P; Tropia, Serena; De Masi, Salvatore; Castagnola, Elio; Aricò, Maurizio

    2014-02-01

    To determine whether a simplified, 1-day/week regimen of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is sufficient to prevent Pneumocystis (jirovecii [carinii]) pneumonia (PCP). Current recommended regimens for prophylaxis against PCP range from daily administration to 3 consecutive days per week dosing. A prospective survey of the regimens adopted for the PCP prophylaxis in all patients treated for childhood cancer at pediatric hematology-oncology centers of the Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica. The 20 centers participating in the study reported a total of 2466 patients, including 1093 with solid tumor and 1373 with leukemia/lymphoma (or primary immunodeficiency; n = 2). Of these patients, 1371 (55.6%) received the 3-day/week prophylaxis regimen, 406 (16.5%) received the 2-day/week regimen, and 689 (27.9%), including 439 with leukemia/lymphoma, received the 1-day/week regimen. Overall, only 2 cases of PCP (0.08%) were reported, both in the 2-day/week group. By intention to treat, the cumulative incidence of PCP at 3 years was 0.09% overall (95% CI, 0.00-0.40%) and 0.51% for the 2-day/week group (95% CI, 0.10%-2.00%). Remarkably, both patients who failed had withdrawn from prophylaxis. A single-day course of prophylaxis with trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole may be sufficient to prevent PCP in children with cancer undergoing intensive chemotherapy regimens. This simplified strategy might have implications for the emerging need for PCP prophylaxis in other patients subjected to the increased use of biological and nonbiological agents that induce higher levels of immune suppression, such as those with rheumatic diseases. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. [The prevalence and characteristics of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. A multicenter study. The Study Group of the Società Italiana di Cardiologia Pediatrica (SICP)].

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    Favilli, S; De Simone, L; Pollini, I; Bettuzzi, M G; Cianfrini, D; Crepaz, R; Santillo, V; Trevisanuto, D; Vignati, G; Manetti, A

    1998-11-01

    Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is a rare syndrome with a severe prognosis, in which a prompt diagnosis can be life-saving. The aim of our study was to verify its prevalence in a neonatal population, define clinical and echocardiographic criteria for the diagnosis of PPHN and discuss therapeutic choices. The following clinical and echocardiographic criteria for the diagnosis of PPHN were defined: 1. cyanosis and hypoxemia non-responsive to O2 therapy; 2. right to left shunt at an atrial or ductal level. All neonates fulfilling these criteria referred to the neonatal units of seven pediatric or general hospitals over a two-year period were enrolled. From January 1995 to December 1996, thirty neonates with PPHN (8%) were observed. Birth was pre-term in 5 out of 30. Ten (33%) had experienced chronic and/or fetal asphyxia (FA). Death occurred in 7 (22%), four of whom with FA. Echocardiography showed tricuspid insufficiency in 18 (60%); mean pulmonary systolic pressure was 67 +/- 16 mmHg (range 41-95). In 23 surviving neonates, normalization of clinical and echocardiographic parameters occurred in 8 +/- 5 days. In most neonates, vasodilators (tolazoline, prostacyclin) and/or nitric oxide were employed. PPHN is confirmed to be a rare pathological condition; prognosis is severe, particularly in neonates with FA. Echocardiography is a reliable non-invasive method for a prompt diagnosis and follow-up. Subsequent studies are needed to assess therapeutic choices.

  17. [Is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder associated with other prevalent pathologies of early childhood?].

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    Cardo, Esther; Amengual-Gual, Marta

    2015-02-25

    Objetivo. Revisar si el trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH) se asocia con otras patologias medicas prevalentes de la edad pediatrica. Desarrollo. Se han seleccionado varias patologias pediatricas con el objetivo de revisar su asociacion con TDAH: en neumologia pediatrica, asma y otros procesos alergicos; en neurologia pediatrica, cefalea y convulsion febril; en gastroenterologia pediatrica, diarrea, estreñimiento, dolor abdominal, reflujo gastroesofagico e infeccion por Helicobacter pylori; en nefrologia pediatrica, enuresis; en cardiologia pediatrica, soplos y cardiopatias congenitas; en endocrinologia pediatrica, alteraciones tiroideas y obesidad, y en oftalmologia pediatrica, ametropia y estrabismo. Conclusion. Se han encontrado varios estudios que relacionan el TDAH con procesos alergicos, sobrepeso/obesidad, resistencia periferica a la hormona tiroidea, enuresis, convulsion febril, cefalea, cardiopatias congenitas, alteraciones oftalmologicas y caries, con algunas controversias y detalles por definir. Se puede concluir que son necesarios mas estudios interdisciplinarios para esclarecer las asociaciones y los mecanismos subyacentes implicados, con la finalidad de conocer mejor la compleja entidad TDAH y plantearse intervenciones preventivas, diagnosticas y terapeuticas en cuanto a sus comorbilidades se refiere.

  18. Hydroxyurea with or without imatinib in the treatment of recurrent or progressive meningiomas: a randomized phase II trial by Gruppo Italiano Cooperativo di Neuro-Oncologia (GICNO).

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    Mazza, Elena; Brandes, Alba; Zanon, Silvia; Eoli, Marika; Lombardi, Giuseppe; Faedi, Marina; Franceschi, Enrico; Reni, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Hydroxyurea (HU) is among the most widely used salvage therapies in progressive meningiomas. Platelet-derived growth factor receptors are expressed in virtually all meningiomas. Imatinib sensitizes transformed cells to the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapeutic agents that interfere with DNA metabolism. The combination of HU with imatinib yielded intriguing results in recurrent malignant glioma. The current trial addressed the activity of this association against meningioma. Patients with recurrent or progressive WHO grade I-III meningioma, without therapeutic indication for surgery, radiotherapy, or stereotactic radiosurgery, aged 18-75 years, ECOG performance status 0-2, and not on enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs were randomized to receive HU 500 mg BID ± imatinib 400 mg QD until progression, unacceptable toxicity, or patient's refusal. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival rate at 9 months (PFS-9). Between September 2009 and February 2012, 15 patients were randomized to receive HU + imatinib (N = 7; Arm A) or HU alone (N = 8; Arm B). Afterward the trial was prematurely closed due to slow enrollment rate. PFS-9 (A/B) was 0/75%, and median PFS was 4/19.5 months. Median and 2-year overall survival (A/B) rates were: 6/27.5 months; 28.5/75%, respectively. Main G3-4 toxicities were: G3 neutropenia in 1/0, G4 headache in 1/1, and G3 vomiting in 1/0. The conduction of a study in recurrent or progressive meningioma remains a challenge. Given the limited number of patients enrolled, no firm conclusions can be drawn about the combination of imatinib and HU. The optimal systemic therapy for meningioma failing surgery and radiation has yet to be identified.

  19. Weekly paclitaxel as first-line chemotherapy in elderly advanced breast cancer patients: a phase II study of the Gruppo Italiano di Oncologia Geriatrica (GIOGer).

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    Del Mastro, L; Perrone, F; Repetto, L; Manzione, L; Zagonel, V; Fratino, L; Marenco, D; Venturini, M; Maggi, E; Bighin, C; Catzeddu, T; Venturino, A; Rosso, R

    2005-02-01

    First-line chemotherapy regimens suitable for elderly advanced breast cancer patients are still not defined. Women with stage III or IV breast cancer aged > or =70 years were enrolled in a phase II study aimed to evaluate both activity and toxicity of weekly paclitaxel. Among 46 planned patients, at least 18 responses and not more than seven unacceptable toxic events are required for a favourable conclusion. Paclitaxel 80 mg/m(2) was administered weekly for 3 weeks every 28 days. Unacceptable toxicity occurred in seven out of 46 patients evaluated for toxicity [15.2%; exact 95% confidence interval (CI) 7.6% to 28.2%] and was represented by one case of febrile neutropenia, one case of severe allergic reaction and five cases of cardiac toxicity. Among 41 patients evaluated for response, a complete response occurred in two (4.9%) patients and a partial response in 20 (48.8%), with an overall response rate of 53.7% (exact 95% CI 38.7% to 67.9%). The median progression-free survival was 9.7 months (95% CI 8.5-18.7) and median survival was 35.8 months (95% CI 19-not defined). Weekly paclitaxel is highly active in elderly advanced breast cancer patients. Data on cardiovascular complications, however, indicate the need for a careful monitoring of cardiac function before and during chemotherapy.

  20. Treatment of cancer of the base of the tongue and glosso-epiglottic region: a multicenter Italian survey. GLOCC Group. Gruppo di Lavoro in Oncologia Cervico Cefalica.

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    Grandi, C; Guzzo, M; Cavina, R; Gardani, G; Tana, S; Licitra, L; Rossi, N; Barbaccia, C; Mingardo, M; Fallahdar, D; Bruno, P; Molinari, R

    2000-01-01

    The current treatment options for cancer of the base of the tongue and glosso-epiglottic region are surgery, radiotherapy, or a combination of both modalities. Comparisons between different modalities are not common in the literature, and a real standard of treatment has not yet been established. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the results of treatment in a large series of patients from 18 Italian institutions in relation to the main treatment adopted. The present study is a retrospective survey. The series was divided into a combined surgery group and a radiotherapy group. The Kaplan-Meier method and the log-rank test were used for survival calculations and comparisons. Eight hundred patients were registered (25.7% stage III and 62% stage IV), 336 in the surgery and 372 in the radiotherapy group. Conventional fractionation was adopted in almost all cases. The five-year overall and disease free survival of the whole series was 32% and 38%, respectively. Survival was slightly better for patients with tumors of the glosso-epiglottic region than for those with a tumor of the base of the tongue. Five-year disease-free survival was 55% for patients treated with surgery +/- radiochemotherapy and 26% for those submitted to radiotherapy alone or in combination with chemotherapy. As far as the total dose and the treatment duration were concerned, only 26% of the patients of the radiotherapy group met the established criteria of adequacy, but in patients with adequate radiation the control rate was better only for small tumors (T1-T2). The results in patients treated with surgery +/- postoperative radiotherapy were similar to or better than those reported in the best series in the literature. By contrast, the survival rate of irradiated patients was lower than those reported by other centers.

  1. Appropriateness and variation of surgical treatment of breast cancer in Italy: when excellence in clinical research does not match with generalized good quality care. Progetto Oncologia Femminile.

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    Scorpiglione, N; Nicolucci, A; Grilli, R; Angiolini, C; Belfiglio, M; Carinci, F; Cubasso, D; Filardo, G; Labbrozzi, D; Mainini, F

    1995-03-01

    To assess appropriateness of surgical care delivered to breast cancer patients in Italy and quantify the use of unnecessary radical procedures, a retrospective charts review of patients treated in 1988-1989 was conducted. A series of 1724 consecutive patients (median age 61 years; range 17-89) treated in 63 hospitals selected from within 8 regions with newly diagnosed operable breast carcinoma was evaluated. Overall, 541 (38%) patients had inappropriate surgery with more than two thirds of it being accounted for by the use of unnecessary mutilating Halsted mastectomy. Substantial geographic variation emerged in the overall rates of appropriateness (range 88-52%) which were not substantially affected by allowance for imbalances in patient- and hospital-related variables. Despite the important contribution given by Italian clinical researchers to the demonstration that less radical surgery can be as good as more radical procedures, still a substantial proportion of breast cancer patients are treated too aggressively. Besides pointing to the urgent need of interventions aimed at facilitating the process of technology transfer in order to promote more appropriate surgical care, these results suggest that efforts to increase patients' participation into treatment decision and awareness about alternative treatment options are warranted.

  2. Attitudes of Italian general practitioners in the treatment of cancer pain. The Committee of the Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Medica (AIOM).

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    Minotti, V; Betti, M

    1997-01-01

    The attitude of Italian general practitioners in prescribing practices for patients with cancer pain was assessed by means of a questionnaire. The results indicated that among most of the doctors who completed the questionnaire the basic principles of pain treatment in cancer patients are largely understood. Oral morphine emerged as the most commonly used opioid (60%) and controlled-release morphine as the preferred preparation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were the most commonly used minor analgesics. Fear of side effects and restrictive prescribing regulations emerged as the most important barrier against adequate pain management. The survey emphasised the need for continued efforts in implementing specific educational programming for improvement in cancer pain management.

  3. Gefitinib in patients with progressive high-grade gliomas: a multicentre phase II study by Gruppo Italiano Cooperativo di Neuro-Oncologia (GICNO).

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    Franceschi, E; Cavallo, G; Lonardi, S; Magrini, E; Tosoni, A; Grosso, D; Scopece, L; Blatt, V; Urbini, B; Pession, A; Tallini, G; Crinò, L; Brandes, A A

    2007-04-10

    To investigate the role of gefitinib in patients with high-grade gliomas (HGGs), a phase II trial (1839IL/0116) was conducted in patients with disease recurrence following surgery plus radiotherapy and first-line chemotherapy. Adult patients with histologically confirmed recurrent HGGs following surgery, radiotherapy and first-line chemotherapy, were considered eligible. Patients were treated with gefitinib (250 mg day(-1)) continuously until disease progression. The primary end point was progression-free survival at 6 months progression-free survival at 6 months (PFS-6). Tissue biomarkers (epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene status and expression, phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt) expression) were assessed. Twenty-eight patients (median age, 55 years; median ECOG performance status, 1) were enrolled; all were evaluable for drug activity and safety. Sixteen patients had glioblastoma, three patients had anaplastic oligodendrogliomas and nine patients had anaplastic astrocytoma. Five patients (17.9%, 95% CI 6.1-36.9%) showed disease stabilisation. The overall median time to progression was 8.4 (range 2-104+) weeks and PFS-6 was 14.3% (95% CI 4.0-32.7%). The median overall survival was 24.6 weeks (range 4-104+). No grade 3-4 gefitinib-related toxicity was found. Gefitinib showed limited activity in patients affected by HGGs. Epidermal growth factor receptor expression or gene status, and p-Akt expression do not seem to predict activity of this drug.

  4. First-line chemotherapy with cisplatin plus fractionated temozolomide in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme: a phase II study of the Gruppo Italiano Cooperativo di Neuro-Oncologia.

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    Brandes, Alba A; Basso, Umberto; Reni, Michele; Vastola, Francesca; Tosoni, Alicia; Cavallo, Giovanna; Scopece, Luciano; Ferreri, Andres J; Panucci, Maria G; Monfardini, Silvio; Ermani, Mario

    2004-05-01

    Cisplatin and temozolomide (TMZ) are active in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), with different profiles of toxicity. A bid regimen of TMZ achieves a strong inhibition of O(6)-alkylguanine DNA-alkyl transferase (AGAT), and cisplatin reduces AGAT activity in vitro, suggesting a possible synergic interaction. The primary end point of the present multicenter phase II study was progression-free survival (PFS) at 6 months (PFS-6); secondary end points included response, toxicity, and overall survival. Chemotherapy-naive patients with GBM who experienced disease recurrence or progression after surgery and standard radiotherapy were eligible. Chemotherapy cycles consisted of cisplatin 75 mg/m(2) on day 1, TMZ 130 mg/m(2) bolus followed by nine doses of 70 mg/m(2) every 12 hours (total of 5 days) from day 2 every 4 weeks. In the absence of hematologic toxicity, TMZ was escalated to 1,000 mg/m(2) in 5 days. A total of 50 patients (median age, 53.4 years; range, 27 to 70 years; median Karnofsky performance status, 80; range, 60 to 100) were accrued in the study. PFS-6 was 34% (95% CI, 23% to 50%), and PFS-12 was 4% (95% CI, 0.3% to 16%). Median PFS was 18.4 weeks (95% CI, 13 to 25.9 weeks). Among 49 assessable patients, one complete response and nine partial responses were obtained, with an overall response rate of 20.4% (95% CI, 7.7% to 33%). Among 203 treatment cycles delivered, the most common grade 3 or grade 4 events included granulocytopenia in 7.9% of cycles, thrombocytopenia in 4%, and neurologic toxicity in three patients (6%). The new cisplatin plus bid TMZ regimen appears active in chemotherapy-naive patients with recurrent GBM and incurs an acceptable toxicity.

  5. Ewing's sarcoma in children: twenty-five years of experience at the Instituto Portugês de Oncologia de Francisco Gentil (I.P.O.F.G.).

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    Patricio, M B; Vilhena, M; Neves, M; Raposo, S; Catita, J; De Sousa, V; Martins, A G

    1991-05-01

    Fifty children with Ewing's sarcoma were consecutively treated from 1962 to 1987 and retrospectively analyzed at the I.P.O.F.G. of Lisbon. At first diagnosis, 10 cases had distant metastases. The remaining 40 patients had clinically localized disease, and different protocols were followed over the years. The best results were obtained with chemotherapy and radiotherapy with or without surgery; and for these children the two-year survival rate was 42.8% vs. 8.3% for the group of patients submitted to local treatment alone. Besides the treatment modality, other factors influenced the prognosis, such as inflammatory signs, sex, tumor volume, and tumor site as well as evidence of distant metastases.

  6. Temozolomide 3 weeks on and 1 week off as first-line therapy for recurrent glioblastoma: phase II study from gruppo italiano cooperativo di neuro-oncologia (GICNO).

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    Brandes, A A; Tosoni, A; Cavallo, G; Bertorelle, R; Gioia, V; Franceschi, E; Biscuola, M; Blatt, V; Crinò, L; Ermani, M

    2006-11-06

    The efficacy of temozolomide strongly depends on O(6)-alkylguanine DNA-alkyl transferase (AGAT), which repairs DNA damage caused by the drug itself. Low-dose protracted temozolomide administration can decrease AGAT activity. The main end point of the present study was therefore to test progression-free survival at 6 months (PFS-6) in glioblastoma patients following a prolonged temozolomide schedule. Chemonaïve glioblastoma patients with disease recurrence or progression after surgery and standard radiotherapy were considered eligible. Chemotherapy cycles consisted of temozolomide 75 mg/m(2)/daily for 21 days every 28 days until disease progression. O(6)-methyl-guanine-DNA-methyl-tranferase (MGMT) was determined in 22 patients (66.7%). A total of 33 patients (median age 57 years, range 31-71) with a median KPS of 90 (range 60-100) were accrued. The overall response rate was 9%, and PFS-6 30.3% (95% CI:18-51%). No correlation was found between the MGMT promoter methylation status of the tumours and the overall response rate, time to progression and survival. In 153 treatment cycles delivered, the most common grade 3/4 event was lymphopoenia. The prolonged temozolomide schedule considered in the present study is followed by a high PFS-6 rate; toxicity is acceptable. Further randomised trials should therefore be conducted to confirm the efficacy of this regimen.

  7. American Indial Educational Opportunities Program at Hampton University

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    Molin, Paulette F.

    1999-01-01

    The American Indian Educational Opportunities Program (AIEOP) at Hampton University was formed to provide scholarship and other support to eligible students from state and federally recognized tribal groups on campus. During the reporting period, AIEOP worked to enhance American Indian participation at Hampton through a variety of means, including recruitment and retention of students, outreach activities, curatorial efforts, course instruction, and sponsorship of educational programs. Dr. Paulette F. Molin, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, served as the program's director.

  8. Gemcitabine alone or with cisplatin for the treatment of patients with locally advanced and/or metastatic pancreatic carcinoma: a prospective, randomized phase III study of the Gruppo Oncologia dell'Italia Meridionale.

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    Colucci, Giuseppe; Giuliani, Francesco; Gebbia, Vittorio; Biglietto, Maria; Rabitti, Piergiorgio; Uomo, Generoso; Cigolari, Silvio; Testa, Antonio; Maiello, Evaristo; Lopez, Massimo

    2002-02-15

    A prospective, randomized Phase III trial was performed to determine whether, compared with gemcitabine (GEM) alone, the addition of cisplatin (CDDP) to GEM was able to improve the time to disease progression and the clinical benefit rate in patients with advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The objective response rate, overall survival rate, and toxicity patterns of patients in the two treatment arms were evaluated as secondary end points. Patients with measurable, locally advanced and/or metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma were randomized to receive GEM (Arm A) or a combination of GEM and CDDP (Arm B). In Arm A, a dose of 1000 mg/m(2) GEM per week was administered for 7 consecutive weeks, and, after a 2-week rest, treatment was resumed on Days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day cycle for 2 cycles. In Arm B, CDDP was given at a dose of 25 mg/m(2) per week 1 hour before GEM at the same dose that was used in Arm A. On Day 22, only GEM was administered. Patients were restaged after the first 7 weeks of therapy and then again after the other 2 cycles. A total of 107 patients entered the trial: Fifty-four patients were randomized to Arm A, and 53 patients were randomized to Arm B. The median time to disease progression was 8 weeks in Arm A and 20 weeks in Arm B; this difference was statistically significant (P = 0.048). In Arm A, one complete response and four partial responses were recorded on the basis of an intent-to-treat analysis, with an overall response rate of 9.2% (95% confidence interval [95%CI], 3-20%). In Arm B, there were no complete responses, whereas 14 partial responses were achieved, with an overall response rate of 26.4% (95%CI, 15-40%). This difference in the overall response rates was statistically significant (P = 0.02). The tumor growth control rate (i.e., total number of patients who achieved complete responses, partial responses, and stable disease) was 42.6% (95%CI, 29-57%) in Arm A and 56.6% (95%CI, 42-70%) in Arm B. A clinical benefit was observed in 21 of 43 patients (49%) in Arm A and in 20 of 38 patients (52.6%) in Arm B without any significant difference. The median overall survival was 20 weeks for patients in Arm A and 30 weeks for patients in Arm B (P = 0.43). Toxicity was mild in both treatment arms, with no significant differences between the two groups except for the statistically higher incidence of Grade 1-2 asthenia in Arm B (P = 0.046). The addition of CDDP to GEM significantly improved the median time to disease progression and the overall response rate compared with GEM alone. The clinical benefit rate was similar in both arms, whereas the median overall survival rate was more favorable for Arm B, although the difference did not attain statistical significance. The authors conclude that the combination of CDDP and GEM currently may be considered as an optimal treatment for patients with locally advanced and/or metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Copyright 2002 American Cancer Society. DOI 10.1002/cncr.10323

  9. Fotemustine as second-line treatment for recurrent or progressive glioblastoma after concomitant and/or adjuvant temozolomide: a phase II trial of Gruppo Italiano Cooperativo di Neuro-Oncologia (GICNO).

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    Brandes, Alba A; Tosoni, A; Franceschi, E; Blatt, V; Santoro, A; Faedi, M; Amistà, P; Gardiman, M; Labianca, R; Bianchini, C; Ermani, M; Reni, M

    2009-09-01

    Standardized salvage treatment has not yet proved effective in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) patients who receive prior standard radiotherapy plus concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide. Patients with progressive GBM after radiotherapy plus concomitant and/or adjuvant temozolomide received three-weekly doses (100-75 mg m(2)) of fotemustine followed, after a 5-week rest, by fotemustine (100 mg m(2)) every 3 weeks for < or =1 year. Forty-three patients (29 M, 14 F; median age 51 years, range 34-68; median KPS 90) were enrolled. Progression-free survival at 6 months (PFS-6) was 20.9% (95% CI: 9-33%); three patients (7.1%) had partial response (PR); 15 (34.9%), disease stabilization (SD). The median survival was 6 months (95% CI: 5-7). MGMT promoter status was methylated in 8 (18.6%) and unmethylated in 26 (60.5%) and not assessable in 9 (20.9%) patients, respectively. Disease control was 75% versus 34.6% in methylated and unmethylated MGMT patients (P = 0.044); no significant difference was found between groups for PFS-6 and survival. Grade 3 and 4 thrombocytopenia and neutropenia were observed in 20.9 and 16.3% of patients, during the induction phase, and in 0 and 9.5% patients during the maintenance phase, respectively. The findings of the present trial, that evaluate fotemustine in a homogeneous population, may represent a new benchmark for nitrosourea activity. Moreover, this is the first study to evaluate correlation between MGMT promoter status and outcome of fotemustine for relapsing GBM previously treated with radiotherapy and temozolomide.

  10. Second-line chemotherapy with irinotecan plus carmustine in glioblastoma recurrent or progressive after first-line temozolomide chemotherapy: a phase II study of the Gruppo Italiano Cooperativo di Neuro-Oncologia (GICNO).

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    Brandes, Alba A; Tosoni, Alicia; Basso, Umberto; Reni, Michele; Valduga, Francesco; Monfardini, Silvio; Amistà, Pietro; Nicolardi, Linda; Sotti, Guido; Ermani, Mario

    2004-12-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most frequent brain tumor in adults, is not considered chemosensitive. Nevertheless, there is widespread use of first-line chemotherapy, often with temozolomide, as a therapeutic option in patients with progressive disease after surgery and radiotherapy. However, at the time of second recurrence and/or progression, active and noncross-resistant chemotherapy regimens are required. The aim of the present multicenter phase II trial, therefore, was to ascertain the efficacy of second-line carmustine (BCNU) and irinotecan chemotherapy. Patients with histologically confirmed GBM, recurring or progressing after surgery, standard radiotherapy and a first-line temozolomide-based chemotherapy, were considered eligible. The primary end-point was progression-free survival at 6 months (PFS-6), and secondary end-points included response rate, toxicity, and survival. All patients were on enzyme-inducing antiepileptic prophylaxis. Chemotherapy consisted of BCNU (100 mg/m2 on day 1) plus irinotecan (175 mg/m2/weekly for 4 weeks), every 6 weeks, for a maximum of eight cycles. In the absence of grade 2 toxicity, the irinotecan dose was increased to 200 mg/m2. A total of 42 patients (median age, 53.4 years; median Karnofsky performance status, 80; range, 60 to 90) were included in the study. PFS-6 was 30.3% (95% CI, 18.5% to 49.7%). Median time to progression was 17 weeks (95% CI, 11.9 to 23.9). Nine partial responses (21.4%; 95% CI, 9% to 34%) were obtained. Toxicity was manageable. The BCNU plus irinotecan regimen seems active and non-cross-resistant in patients with GBM with recurrence after temozolomide-based chemotherapy.

  11. 3D-conformal radiation therapy in prostate cancer. Technical considerations after 5 years of experience and 334 patients treated at the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia of Milan, Italy.

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    Ghilezan, M; Ivaldi, G; Cattani, F; Greco, C; Castiglioni, S; Leonardi, M C; Tosi, G; Marsiglia, H; Orecchia, R

    2001-01-01

    To report the technique of 3D-conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) currently used at our Institute for the treatment of prostate cancer with a curative intent. A critical review of the technical aspects of the technique is provided. Between December 1995 and October 2000, 334 patients with biopsy-proven adenocarcinoma of the prostate were treated with 3D-CRT. All patients were treated in a prone position with 15 MV X-ray beams and a 6-field technique for all but 20 patients, who were treated with a 3-field technique. Patients were simulated with the rectum and bladder empty. To ensure reproducible positioning, custom-made polyurethane foam or thermoplastic casts were produced for each patient. Subsequently, consecutive CT scan slices were obtained. The clinical target volume and critical organs (rectum and bladder) were identified on each CT slice. The beam's eye view technique was used to spatially display these structures, and the treatment portals were manually shaped based on the images obtained. The beam apertures were initially realized by conventional Cerrobend blocks (48 patients), which were replaced in October 1997 by a computer-driven multi-leaf collimator. The total target dose prescribed at the ICRU point is 76 Gy, delivered in 38 fractions and 54 days. The seminal vesicles are excluded at 70 Gy. Dose-volume histograms were obtained for all patients. If more than 30% of the bladder and/or more than 20% of the rectum receive >95% of the prescribed total dose, the treatment plan is judged as unsatisfactory and is adjusted. The dose-volume histogram can be improved by changing the beam's arrangement and/or weights or by introducing or modifying the wedge filters. 3D-CRT in prostate cancer patients is a highly sophisticated and time-consuming method of dose delivery. Important technical issues remain to be clarified.

  12. Somatic, hematologic phenotype, long-term outcome, and effect of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. An analysis of 97 Fanconi anemia patients from the Italian national database on behalf of the Marrow Failure Study Group of the AIEOP (Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology).

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    Svahn, Johanna; Bagnasco, Francesca; Cappelli, Enrico; Onofrillo, Daniela; Caruso, Silvia; Corsolini, Fabio; De Rocco, Daniela; Savoia, Anna; Longoni, Daniela; Pillon, Marta; Marra, Nicoletta; Ramenghi, Ugo; Farruggia, Piero; Locasciulli, Anna; Addari, Carmen; Cerri, Carla; Mastrodicasa, Elena; Casazza, Gabriella; Verzegnassi, Federico; Riccardi, Francesca; Haupt, Riccardo; Barone, Angelica; Cesaro, Simone; Cugno, Chiara; Dufour, Carlo

    2016-07-01

    We analyzed 97 Fanconi anemia patients from a clinic/biological database for genotype, somatic, and hematologic phenotype, adverse hematological events, solid tumors, and treatment. Seventy-two patients belonged to complementation group A. Eighty percent of patients presented with mild/moderate somatic phenotype and most with cytopenia. No correlation was seen between somatic/hematologic phenotype and number of missense mutations of FANCA alleles. Over follow-up, 33% of patients improved or maintained mild/moderate cytopenia or normal blood count, whereas remaining worsened cytopenia. Eleven patients developed a hematological adverse event (MDS, AML, pathological cytogenetics) and three developed solid tumors. 10 years cumulative risk of death of the whole cohort was 25.6% with median follow-up 5.8 years. In patients eligible to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation because of moderate cytopenia, mortality was significantly higher in subjects transplanted from matched unrelated donor over nontransplanted subjects, whereas there was no significant difference between matched sibling donor transplants and nontransplanted patients. In patients eligible to transplant because of severe cytopenia and clonal disease, mortality risk was not significantly different in transplanted from matched unrelated versus matched sibling donor versus nontransplanted subjects. The decision to transplant should rely on various elements including, type of donor, HLA matching, patient comorbidities, impairment, and clonal evolution of hematopoiesis. Am. J. Hematol. 91:666-671, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. [Hand-foot-mouth disease: its course in the city of Milan (1980-86). Epidemiologic study gathered from the records of the community and scholastic ambulatory services of the Istituto di Clinica Dermatologic I and Dermatologia Pediatrica of the University].

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    Sala, F; Mansi, M; Greppi, F; Ferrari, L; Perotta, E; Andreani, B

    1989-03-01

    Hand-foot-mouth disease: the Authors describe the epidemiological observations in a period of seven years made in a big urban area of Milan. They point out the periodic course of hand-foot and mouth disease, which is present in particular during May and November and particularly in children under six years. The Authors point out the difference between males and females and they try to correlate their dates with those gathered from the study of the literature.

  14. Heat-Related Illnesses

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    1988-04-01

    is a major site of electrolyte resorbtion; heatstroke related to fluid and electrolyte loss from gastroenteritis has been reported. 7 7 Virtually any...restoration of plasma tonicity to normal animals previously chronically hypernatramic. Pediatrica , 43:54- 63, 1969. 65. Holmes, S.W., Horton, E.W.: The

  15. Adjuvant portal-vein infusion of fluorouracil and heparin in colorectal cancer: a randomised trial. European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Gastrointestinal Tract Cancer Cooperative Group, the Gruppo Interdisciplinare Valutazione Interventi in Oncologia, and the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research.

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    Rougier, P; Sahmoud, T; Nitti, D; Curran, D; Doci, R; De Waele, B; Nakajima, T; Rauschecker, H; Labianca, R; Pector, J C; Marsoni, S; Apolone, G; Lasser, P; Couvreur, M L; Wils, J

    1998-06-06

    There is conflicting evidence on the efficacy of regional adjuvant chemotherapy, via portal-vein infusion (PVI), after resection of colorectal cancer. We undertook a randomised controlled multicentre trial to investigate the efficacy of PVI (500 mg/m2 fluorouracil plus 5000 IU heparin daily for 7 days). 1235 of about 1500 potentially eligible patients were randomly assigned surgery plus PVI or surgery alone (control). The patients were followed up for a median of 63 months, with yearly screening for recurrent disease. The primary endpoint was survival; analyses were by intention to treat. 619 patients in the control group and 616 in the PVI group met eligibility criteria. 164 (26%) control-group patients and 173 (28%) PVI-group patients died. 5-year survival did not differ significantly between the groups (73 vs 72%; 95% Cl for difference -6 to 4). The control and PVI groups were also similar in terms of disease-free survival at 5 years (67 vs 65%) and the number of patients with liver metastases (79 vs 77%). PVI of fluorouracil, at a dose of 500 mg/m2 for 7 days, cannot be recommended as the sole adjuvant treatment for high-risk colorectal cancer after complete surgical excision. However, these results cannot eliminate a small benefit when PVI is used at a higher dosage or in combination with mitomycin.

  16. GIVIO-SITAC 01: A randomized trial of adjuvant 5-fluorouracil and folinic acid administered to patients with colon carcinoma--long term results and evaluation of the indicators of health-related quality of life. Gruppo Italiano Valutazione Interventi in Oncologia. Studio Italiano Terapia Adiuvante Colon.

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    Zaniboni, A; Labianca, R; Marsoni, S; Torri, V; Mosconi, P; Grilli, R; Apolone, G; Cifani, S; Tinazzi, A

    1998-06-01

    In 1989, the authors began a randomized trial to determine whether 5-fluorouracil and high dose folinic acid (HD-FUFA) would increase the event free and overall survival of patients with resectable Dukes B and C (AJCC/UICC Stage II and Stage III) colon carcinoma, and to assess the toxicity of the treatment and its impact on selected health-related quality-of-life indicators. Early results were published as a part of an international multicenter pooled analysis (IMPACT) in 1995. The purpose of this report is to update the survival data for patients enrolled in the trial and describe their reported perceptions of their own health and quality of life. The trial involved multiple treatment centers, with a centralized randomization between surgery alone and surgery with chemotherapy. The HD-FUFA regimen employed consisted of 5-fluorouracil (370 mg/m2) plus folinic acid (200 mg/m2) administered daily for 5 days every 4 weeks for 6 cycles. Patients' perceptions of their own health status were obtained by means of 3 self-administered questionnaires, which were completed by patients at the time of discharge from the treatment center and at 6 and 24 months after randomization. Overall, 888 patients with resected Dukes B2 and C colon carcinoma were enrolled in the trial. HD-FUFA significantly reduced mortality by 25% (95% confidence interval, 5-41%; P=0.02) and events by 31% (95% confidence interval, 14-45%; P < or = 0.001). Compliance with treatment was good; more than 80% of patients completed the planned therapy. Toxicity was mild, and oral mucositis was the main side effect. None of the health-related quality-of-life parameters investigated (emotional status, worry about the future, changes in social life, impact of the disease, follow-up, and global quality of life) seemed to be affected by the treatment to which patients were allocated. A positive trend in the evolution of patients' psychologic status was observed. Long term results of this SITAC study confirm that HD-FUFA is a well-tolerated, effective 6-month adjuvant regimen for patients with colon carcinoma that has no detrimental effect on their quality of life.

  17. Ret Receptor: Functional Consequences of Oncogenic Rearrangements.

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    1995-10-01

    after several rounds of model and P35 of domain B, have high B factors. manually generated with the use of TOM. building and phase combinations. The...carcenoma, the unique patho- and ¶Divisione di Oncologia Sperimentale A logic feature of FMTC, MEN2A, and MEN2B patients display del stituto Nazional~entr

  18. Human Prostate Cancer Infiltrating Lymphocytes: Raft Microdomains, Signaling and Activation in Organ Cultures

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    2005-06-01

    and Perm kit (Caltag sidered a selective NOS2 antagonist, requires reconsideration, Laboratories) according to the manufacturer’s manual . because it can...L-arnine metabolism in myeloid cells controls T-lymphocyte MIUR (contract no. RBAU01935A), MIUR-CNR Progetto Strategico Oncologia , and 21. Keskinege

  19. [Reversible porencephalic cyst related to shunt dysfunction].

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    Santín-Amo, José M; Rico-Cotelo, María; Serramito-García, Ramón; Gelabert-González, Miguel; Allut, Alfredo G

    2014-03-16

    Introduccion. El tratamiento quirurgico de la hidrocefalia es uno de los procedimientos quirurgicos mas habituales en la neurocirugia pediatrica, y las derivaciones ventriculoperitoneales constituyen una herramienta fundamental en el tratamiento de la hidrocefalia tanto infantil como del adulto. Las complicaciones de las valvulas son relativamente frecuentes, sobre todo en la poblacion pediatrica, y, entre estas, las mas habituales incluyen: las obstrucciones, las desconexiones, el hiperdrenaje y las infecciones. Caso clinico. Niña de 7,5 años, portadora de una valvula ventriculoperitoneal, que presentaba cefalea intermitente. Un estudio con tomografia computarizada demostro una lesion quistica temporal derecha. Tras la revision valvular, la tomografia computarizada evidencio la reduccion del quiste. Conclusiones. La formacion de una cavidad porencefalica es una complicacion poco frecuente. Se relaciona con problemas en el cateter distal en pacientes con ventriculos dilatados y de las que existen escasas referencias en la bibliografia.

  20. [Current situation of the demand for health care in neuropaediatrics. Characteristics of consultations and comparison with other paediatric specialties].

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    Blanco-Lago, R; Garcia-Ron, A; Granizo-Martinez, J J; Ruibal, J L

    2014-11-01

    Introduccion. En los ultimos años parecemos asistir a una creciente demanda asistencial en neuropediatria. Los estudios epidemiologicos son necesarios para dar a conocer dicha demanda y asi favorecer una adecuada gestion de los recursos sanitarios. Objetivo. Conocer el peso proporcional de las consultas de neuropediatria en el global de las consultas pediatricas en nuestro hospital, la tasa anual de consulta en neurologia infantil por cada 1.000 habitantes menores de 14 años y las caracteristicas de dicha consulta (datos demograficos, motivos de consulta y otras). Pacientes y metodos. Estudio retrospectivo, descriptivo, sobre la actividad asistencial de consultas pediatricas y neuropediatricas en un hospital publico de nivel II en el sur de Madrid, durante el periodo 2008-2012. Resultados. Desde la apertura de nuestro centro, las consultas de pediatria han experimentado un marcado crecimiento, siendo las de neuropediatria las mas demandadas, ya que en el año 2012 atendieron a un total de 2.129 pacientes (718 primeras consultas), con un indice de sucesiva/primera consulta de 1,96. En neuropediatria, se atendieron el 23,49% de todas las consultas pediatricas realizadas en el hospital. La tasa media de primeras consultas en el periodo de estudio fue de 72,86/1.000 niños. Los principales motivos de consulta fueron los problemas de aprendizaje/trastornos de conducta (24,1%), seguidos de cefalea (21,9%), episodios paroxisticos (14,8%) y retraso del desarrollo psicomotor (9%). Conclusiones. El incremento en la demanda asistencial de la neuropediatria ha resultado claramente superior al de las otras especialidades pediatricas que llevan en funcionamiento el mismo periodo. En los cinco años de estudio, la tasa de primeras visitas se ha triplicado. Esta sobrecarga asistencial podria condicionar la atencion a los pacientes con patologia neurologica grave. Serian necesarios estudios similares en diferentes regiones para conocer la realidad de la neuropediatria española.

  1. American Indian Education Opportunities Program. Supplement 9

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    Molin, Paulette F.

    1997-01-01

    Activities of the American Indian Educational Opportunities Program (AIEOP) at Hampton University for this reporting period included the establishment of a student chapter of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), a move to new office space, hosting events on campus for visiting students from the American Indian Education Program of Oxon Hill, Maryland and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, collaboration with the Multicultural Leadership Team at NASA Langley Research Center for a Native American elder to serve as a speaker, participation in Native American conferences and other events, and continuing efforts to recruit and retain American Indian students.

  2. Foreign children with cancer in Italy

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    2011-01-01

    Background There has been a noticeable annual increase in the number of children coming to Italy for medical treatment, just like it has happened in the rest of the European Union. In Italy, the assistance to children suffering from cancer is assured by the current network of 54 centres members of the Italian Association of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology (AIEOP), which has kept records of all demographic and clinical data in the database of Mod.1.01 Registry since 1989. Methods We used the information stored in the already mentioned database to assess the impact of immigration of foreign children with cancer on centres' activity, with the scope of drawing a map of the assistance to these cases. Results Out of 14,738 cases recorded by all centres in the period from 1999 to 2008, 92.2% were born and resident in Italy, 4.1% (608) were born abroad and living abroad and 3.7% (538) were born abroad and living in Italy. Foreign children cases have increased over the years from 2.5% in 1999 to. 8.1% in 2008. Most immigrant children came from Europe (65.7%), whereas patients who came from America, Asia and Oceania amounted to 13.2%, 10.1%, 0.2%, respectively. The immigrant survival rate was lower compared to that of children who were born in Italy. This is especially true for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia patients entered an AIEOP protocol, who showed a 10-years survival rate of 71.0% vs. 80.7% (p < 0.001) for immigrants and patients born in Italy, respectively. Conclusions Children and adolescents are an increasingly important part of the immigration phenomenon, which occurs in many parts of the world. In Italy the vast majority of children affected by malignancies are treated in AIEOP centres. Since immigrant children are predominantly treated in northern Italy, these centres have developed a special expertise in treating immigrant patients, which is certainly very useful for the entire AIEOP network. PMID:21923939

  3. [Biphasic pulmonary blastoma with germ cell differentiation: a challenge in diagnosis and treatment].

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    Teixeira, Alexandra; Vieira, Claúdia; Sousa, Nuno; Begonha, Rosa; Afonso, Mariana; Amaro, Teresina; Maurício, Joaquina

    2011-12-01

    Serviço de Oncologia Médica. Instituto Português de Oncologia Francisco Gentil. Porto. Portugal. A 27-year-old man, smoker, presented with three months history of fever. A left pulmonary mass inseparable from the heart was identified and serum alpha-fetoprotein was 4160 ng/ml. The morphologic aspects and immunohistochemistry of the biopsy specimen, in conjunction with the clinical findings were compatible with a diagnosis of pulmonary blastoma with germ cell differentiation. The tumour was considered unresectable. The patient was submitted to two cycles of primary chemotherapy with bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin. Despite a reduction in serum alpha-fetoprotein, the tumor did not regress. Second line chemotherapy (with paclitaxel, ifosfamide and cisplatin) was instituted, but progressive disease was identified after 2 cycles. Six months after the diagnosis cerebral metastases were found and the patient died. This case illustrates a rare situation of difficult diagnosis and treatment.

  4. Preventing transmission of infectious agents in the pediatric in-patients hematology-oncology setting: what is the role for non-pharmacological prophylaxis?

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    Caselli, Désirée; Cesaro, Simone; Livadiotti, Susanna; Ziino, Ottavio; Paolicchi, Olivia; Zanazzo, Giulio; Milano, Giuseppe M.; Licciardello, Maria; Barone, Angelica; Cellini, Monica; Raffaella, De Santis; Giacchino, Mareva; Rossi, Mario Renato; Aricò, Maurizio; Castagnola, Elio

    2011-01-01

    The most intensive chemotherapy regimens were used in the past for leukemia patients who were the main focus of trials on infections; today there are increasing numbers of children with solid cancer and considerable risk of infection who do receive intensive standard-dose chemotherapy. Despite a continuous will to protect the immune-compromised child from infections, evidence-based indications for intervention by non-pharmacological tools is still lacking in the pediatric hematology-oncology literature. Guidelines on standard precautions as well as precautions to avoid transmission of specific infectious agents are available. As a result of a consensus discussion, the Italian Association for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (AIEOP) Cooperative Group centers agree that for children treated with chemotherapy both of these approaches should be implemented and vigorously enforced, while additional policies, including strict environmental isolation, should be restricted to patients with selected clinical conditions or complications. We present here a study by the working group on infectious diseases of AIEOP. PMID:21647282

  5. Management of diabetes at summer camps.

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    Ciambra, Roberta; Locatelli, Chiara; Suprani, Tosca; Pocecco, Mauro

    2005-01-01

    We report our experience in the organization of diabetic children summer-camps since 1973. Guidelines for organization have been recently reported by the SIEDP (Società Italiana di Endocrinologia e Diabetologia Pediatrica). Our attention is focused on diabetes management at camp, organization and planning, medical staff composition and staff training, treatment of diabetes-related emergencies, written camp management plan, diabetes education and psychological issues at camp, prevention of possible risks, assessment of effectiveness of education in summer camps and research at camp.

  6. [Optic neuritis in childhood. A pediatric series, literature review and treatment approach].

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    Lopez-Martin, D; Martinez-Anton, J

    2016-08-01

    Introduccion. En la edad pediatrica, la forma mas frecuente de neuritis optica se presenta generalmente despues de un cuadro infeccioso, con edema de papila, que suele ser bilateral y tiene buen pronostico. La conversion a esclerosis multiple es infrecuente. Objetivo. Presentar las caracteristicas clinicas y de laboratorio de una serie pediatrica de neuritis optica. Pacientes y metodos. Se analiza una serie de 17 casos de neuritis optica en niños y jovenes de 4 a 14 años, referidos entre los años 2000 y 2015. Resultados. La edad mediana de la serie fue de 11 años. Predominaron los pacientes de sexo femenino y el antecedente infeccioso fue poco frecuente; en cinco pacientes, la afectacion fue bilateral, y cuatro casos se presentaron como neuritis optica retrobulbar. La resonancia magnetica mostro hiperintensidad en T2 en los nervios opticos afectados en cinco pacientes. El estudio del liquido cefalorraquideo y bandas oligoclonales fue normal en todos los casos. Los pacientes, tratados con metilprednisolona intravenosa, tuvieron buena recuperacion. Solo en tres casos se comprobo una evolucion posterior a esclerosis multiple. Conclusiones. En esta serie, los casos que evolucionaron a esclerosis multiple no mostraron diferencias clinicas, aunque si presentaron mayor cantidad de lesiones hiperintensas en la resonancia magnetica. Este hecho, descrito en trabajos previos, apoya nuestro esquema diagnostico y terapeutico en un intento por acercarnos al manejo optimo de esta patologia.

  7. [The contribution of the Italian association of cancer registries (AIRTUM)].

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    Crocetti, Emanuele; Buzzoni, Carlotta

    2016-01-01

    The study of cluster requires the ability to identify, with accuracy and completeness, the health events of interest and their geographical location and time of occurrence. For rare and complex diseases, such as childhood cancers, it is possible to observe a significant health migration from the place of residence, which makes the detection even more complex. The best tool to identify these rare diseases is represented by cancer registries (CRs). In fact, CRs collect, through many sources, information related to tumours that arise in the population resident in their areas of activity. The number of the sources of information has increased thanks to the computerization of health services. The availability of multiple sources of information increases the completeness of data collection overcoming the limits of a single source, and makes it possible to describe the diagnostic-therapeutic course and the outcome of the cases. Among all data sources, for childhood cancers the model 1.01, which summarize the clinical information of the cases treated in one of the Italian Association of paediatric haematology and oncology (AIEOP) centres, is relevant. Moreover, CRs produce reliable and comparable data due to the use of international rules and classifications for the definition of the topography and morphology of cancer, for the date of diagnosis, and for quality checks. In Italy, the Italian association of cancer registries (AIRTUM) coordinates the activities of 45 population CRs, both general and specialized (by age or tumour type). AIRTUM involves a population of over 6.7 million citizens under the age of 20 years, approximately 60% of the total resident population. AIRTUM plays a role of coordination, support, and harmonization for Italian CRs through training, accreditation, and a shared database, it promotes and participates in national and international collaboration involving scientific societies (AIEOP, Italian Association of medical oncology - AIOM, Italian

  8. [1st National Meeting of Multidisciplinary Work in Oncogeriatrics: expert consensus document].

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    Antonio, Maite; Saldaña, Juana; Formiga, Francesc; Lozano, Alicia; González-Barboteo, Jesús; Fernández, Paz; Arias, Fernando; Arribas, Lorena; Barbero, Elisabeth; Bescós, María del Mar; Boya, Maria Jesús; Bueso, Pilar; Casas, Ana; Dotor, Emma; Fort, Eduard; García-Alfonso, Pilar; Herruzo, Ismael; Llonch, Mireia; Morlans, Germà; Murillo, Maria Teresa; Ossola, Gustavo; Peiró, Inma; Saiz, Fabiola; Sanz, Javier; Serra, José Antonio; Trelis, Jordi; Yuste, Antonio

    2012-01-01

    On 2nd of June 2011 the Institut Català d' Oncologia l'Hospitalet--Hospital Duran i Reynals hosted the first Meeting of Multidisciplinary Work in Oncogeriatrics. The reason for the meeting, which follows on from an initiative of the Medical Societies of Radiotherapy, Oncology, Geriatrics and Gerontology and Palliative Care and Medical Oncology, was to initiate a joint line of work among the different specialties that generally take part in the handling of the elderly patient suffering from oncologic pathologies. This document summarises the different subjects covered during the Meeting. Copyright © 2012 SEGG. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  9. [Adolescents with cancer: the "Youth Project" at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan].

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    Ferrari, Andrea; Veneroni, Laura; Clerici, Carlo Alfredo; Spreafico, Filippo; Terenziani, Monica; Massimino, Maura; Luksch, Roberto; Casanova, Michela; Meazza, Cristina; Polastri, Daniela; Gandola, Lorenza

    2013-01-01

    Adolescents with cancer are a particular group of patients who are less likely to gain access to optimal cancer services at comprehensive cancer Centers: many studies suggest adolescents fare less well than children with the same disease. The paper describes the key issues of the "Youth Project" of the Pediatric Oncology Unit IRCCS Fondazione Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan, dedicated to adolescents (over 15 years old) and young adults (up to 25 years old) with solid tumors. This project is a possible clinical and organizational model to address the unique needs of patients in this age group and for bridge the gap in access to care and in recruitment in clinical trials, in clinical and psycho-social management and in curves of healing. The paper also describes the activity of the Adolescent Commission established by the Italian Pediatric Hematology Oncology (AIEOP).

  10. Italian cancer figures, report 2012: Cancer in children and adolescents.

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    2013-01-01

    This study describes up-to-date cancer incidence and survival in Italian paediatric and adolescent patients, based on data collected by the network of Italian cancer registries (AIRTUM). It updates the monograph published on the same topic in 2008. The main objective of this monograph is to present the statistics according to standard rigorous epidemiological methods and disseminate them to a wide range of readers, including the lay public. Given the deep impact of the 2008 monograph on the general public, in this update we complement descriptive statistics with additional data and commentaries on issues of importance for public health, in order to provide unambiguous criteria on how to interpret the statistics. The study is the result of the collaboration between AIRTUM and AIEOP (Italian Association of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology) with contributions from interested parties, including representatives of parent associations. The monograph is divided into three parts. The first part presents incidence rates, survival probabilities, and time trends, by sex, age, geographical area, and cancer site or type, by means of tables and graphs as in the previous monograph, to facilitate direct comparisons. Four articles summarize and comment the results. The second part uses data from AIRTUM and AIEOP to outline patient management and health care issues; it includes estimates of the number of new cases in the next decade and of young adults living after a paediatric cancer diagnosis. Health organizational aspects of treatment services for paediatric patients, based on the AIEOP database, are also discussed, along with long-term complications in cured patients. The third section describes the changes in mortality trends due to improving therapies and healthcare services, and discusses risk factors and prevention of childhood cancer, late adverse events in cured patients, and other related issues. Data herein presented were provided by AIRTUM population-based cancer

  11. Organizing national responses for rare blood disorders: the Italian experience with sickle cell disease in childhood.

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    Colombatti, Raffaella; Perrotta, Silverio; Samperi, Piera; Casale, Maddalena; Masera, Nicoletta; Palazzi, Giovanni; Sainati, Laura; Russo, Giovanna

    2013-10-20

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most frequent hemoglobinopathy worldwide but remains a rare blood disorder in most western countries. Recommendations for standard of care have been produced in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, where this disease is relatively frequent because of earlier immigration from Africa. These recommendations have changed the clinical course of SCD but can be difficult to apply in other contexts. The Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (AIEOP) decided to develop a common national response to the rising number of SCD patients in Italy with the following objectives: 1) to create a national working group focused on pediatric SCD, and 2) to develop tailored guidelines for the management of SCD that could be accessed and practiced by those involved in the care of children with SCD in Italy. Guidelines, adapted to the Italian social context and health system, were developed by 22 pediatric hematologists representing 54 AIEOP centers across Italy. The group met five times for a total of 128 hours in 22 months; documents and opinions were circulated via web. Recommendations regarding the prevention and treatment of the most relevant complications of SCD in childhood adapted to the Italian context and health system were produced. Creating a network of physicians involved in the day-to-day care of children with SCD is feasible in a country where it remains rare. Providing hematologists, primary and secondary care physicians, and caregivers across the country with web-based guidelines for the management of SCD tailored to the Italian context is the first step in building a sustainable response to a rare but emerging childhood blood disorder and in implementing the World Health Organization's suggestion "to design (and) implement … comprehensive national integrated programs for the prevention and management of SCD".

  12. [SEIP-SERPE-SEOP Consensus document on the treatment of uncomplicated acute osteomyelitis and septic arthritis].

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    Saavedra-Lozano, J; Calvo, C; Huguet Carol, R; Rodrigo, C; Núñez, E; Obando, I; Rojo, P; Merino, R; Pérez, C; Downey, F J; Colino, E; García, J J; Cilleruelo, M J; Torner, F; García, L

    2015-04-01

    This is a Consensus Document of the Spanish Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (Sociedad Española de Infectología Pediatrica), Spanish Society of Paediatric Rheumatology (Sociedad Española de Reumatología Pediátrica) and the Spanish Society of Paediatric Orthopaedics (Sociedad Española de Ortopedia Pediátrica), on the treatment of uncomplicated acute osteomyelitis and septic arthritis. A review is presented on the medical and surgical treatment of acute osteoarticular infection, defined as a process with less than 14 days of symptomatology, uncomplicated and community-acquired. The different possible options are evaluated based on the best available scientific knowledge, and a number of evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice are provided. Copyright © 2014 Asociación Española de Pediatría. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  13. Case report: Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of pancreatic origin in a patient with down syndrome: The role of diagnostic ultrasound.

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    Colangelo, M; Di Renzo, D; Persico, A; Chiesa, P Lelli

    2011-03-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: Il tumore miofibroblastico infiammatorio (TIM) è un tumore solido benigno, di incerta eziologia. MATERIALI E METODI: Riportiamo un case-report di un bambino (4 anni, sindrome di Down), con massa pancreatica identificata all’ultrasonografia (US) e confermata da TC. RISULTATI: Il monitoraggio del TIM è stato effettuato con US seriate. Il follow-up a 4 anni dalla diagnosi è senza recidive. DISCUSSIONE: Il paziente, data l’impossibilità dell’exeresi chirurgica radicale, è stato trattato con successo con terapia medica (FANS). Abbiamo deciso di monitorizzare la lesione con ultrasonografie seriate, riducendo il numero di esami TC ai quali il paziente avrebbe dovuto sottoporsi, evitando così l’esposizione a radiazioni ionizzanti. La letteratura, infatti, riporta ampiamente come l’esecuzione di ripetuti esami TC si accompagni ad una importante radioesposizione con conseguente rischio cancerogeno, dato assolutamente non trascurabile in età pediatrica.

  14. [Characterisation of the paediatric population of Costa Rica with tuberous sclerosis and a description of the behaviour of the associated epilepsy].

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    Ulate-Campos, Adriana; Benavides-Lara, Adriana; Hernández, Laura

    2013-12-01

    Introduccion. La esclerosis tuberosa (ET) es una patologia autosomica dominante debida a un trastorno en la diferenciacion y proliferacion celular que produce hamartomas en diferentes organos. Afecta de forma variable el sistema nervioso central, los riñones, la piel y otros organos. No existen estudios de su prevalencia ni de su comportamiento en la poblacion pediatrica de Costa Rica. Objetivos. Caracterizar la poblacion pediatrica costarricense con ET y describir el comportamiento de su epilepsia. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio de prevalencias basado en la revision de expedientes clinicos de todos los pacientes menores de 18 años con diagnostico de ET seguidos en el Hospital Nacional de Niños durante el periodo 2000-2010. Resultados. Durante el periodo de estudio se incluyeron 37 pacientes para una prevalencia de 3,09 por 100.000 nacidos vivos (intervalo de confianza al 95% = 1,88-4,31). No se presentaron diferencias significativas por sexo. La mediana de edad al diagnostico fue de 14 meses. Los criterios mayores mas frecuentes fueron manchas hipomelanoticas (97,3%), angiofibromas faciales (56%) y tuberomas corticales (54,1%). Treinta y cinco pacientes presentaron convulsiones (95%). Los tratamientos que lograron reduccion de al menos un 50% de las crisis convulsivas fueron la vigabatrina (16,2%) y la cirugia de epilepsia (16,2%). Conclusiones. En todo paciente con epilepsia debe realizarse una valoracion minuciosa de la piel, ya que las lesiones en la piel son un hallazgo muy frecuente en la ET. La epilepsia en la ET es farmacorresistente en un elevado numero de pacientes y la vigabatrina debe valorarse como tratamiento farmacologico de primera linea.

  15. [Hirayama disease in paediatrics: a clinical case report and review of the literature].

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    Martínez-Cayuelas, Elena; Martínez-Salcedo, Eduardo; Alarcón-Martínez, Helena; Puche-Mira, Alberto; Domingo-Jiménez, Rosario; de Mingo-Casado, Pedro; Serrano-García, Cristina

    2015-04-01

    Introduccion. La enfermedad de Hirayama es una rara atrofia muscular juvenil que afecta a varones jovenes de origen asiatico, con atrofia muscular habitualmente de una de las extremidades superiores de progresion lenta con estabilizacion posterior. Se diagnostica por estudios electromiograficos/electroneurograficos con velocidad de conduccion (EMG/ENG-VC), y por resonancia magnetica (RM) medular en posicion neutra y en flexion cervical. El tratamiento se basa en el collarin cervical y cirugia (casos graves). Son muy pocos los estudios realizados en edad pediatrica. Caso clinico. Niña de 7 años, con atrofia de la musculatura de la mano y el antebrazo izquierdos, de dos años de evolucion. En EMG/ENG-VC presenta signos de denervacion cronica muy grave en los miotomos correspondientes a C7, C8 y D1 izquierdos, con conservacion de amplitudes de potenciales sensitivos evocados, congruentes con mielopatia cervical. La RM medular cervical en posicion neutra muestra un resultado normal en ese nivel. Posteriormente, por la sospecha dirigida de enfermedad de Hirayama, se realiza una nueva RM medular cervical en posicion neutra y en flexion, que muestra asimetria en el tamaño y morfologia de los cordones anteriores medulares en C6/C7, hiperseñal en el asta anterior homolateral e ingurgitacion del plexo venoso epidural posterior. Con el diagnostico de enfermedad de Hirayama se inicia tratamiento con collarin cervical para evitar la progresion del daño. Conclusiones. Se presenta un caso de enfermedad de Hirayama peculiar por las caracteristicas epidemiologicas, con la finalidad de difundir esta entidad en nuestro medio, cuyo diagnostico precoz permite un tratamiento eficaz, y se revisan los estudios realizados en edad pediatrica.

  16. Preexisting conditions in pediatric ALL patients: Spectrum, frequency and clinical impact.

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    Schütte, P; Möricke, A; Zimmermann, M; Bleckmann, K; Reismüller, B; Attarbaschi, A; Mann, G; Bodmer, N; Niggli, F; Schrappe, M; Stanulla, M; Kratz, C P

    2016-03-01

    The etiology of acute lymphoblastic leukemia remains undisclosed in the majority of cases. A number of rare syndromic conditions are known to predispose to different forms of childhood cancer including ALL. The present study characterized the spectrum and clinical impact of preexisting diseases in a cohort of ALL patients from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with a focus on genetic diseases predisposing to cancer development. Retrospective database and study chart review included all patients from Germany, Austria and Switzerland (n = 4939) enrolled into multicenter clinical trial AIEOP-BFM ALL 2000 between July 1999 and June 2009. Patients enrolled into study AIEOP-BFM ALL 2009 - which was initiated subsequent to AIEP-BFM ALL 2000 - who were reported with a cancer prone syndrome or chromosomal abnormality were additionally included in this study to increase conclusiveness of observations. A total of 233 patients with at least one reported condition could be identified. The following conditions were reported in more than one patient: Gilbert's disease (n = 13), neurofibromatosis type I (n = 8), ataxia telangiectasia (n = 8), thalassemia (n = 7), Nijmegen Breakage syndrome (n = 6), cystic fibrosis (n = 4), glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (n = 4), Noonan syndrome (n = 2), Klinefelter syndrome (n = 2), alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (n = 2), primary ciliary dyskinesia (n = 2). Especially those syndromes with a known cancer predisposition (NF type I, Ataxia telangiectasia, Nijmegen Breakage syndrome etc.) were associated with certain general and ALL-related characteristics, high therapy-related toxicity and reduced survival. The spectrum of underlying diseases within ALL patients is dispersed. A small number of ALL patients are reported with cancer predisposition syndromes at initial diagnosis which are associated with high rates of therapy-related toxicity and a markedly reduced chance of survival. The true prevalence of these conditions within the ALL

  17. Organizing national responses for rare blood disorders: the Italian experience with sickle cell disease in childhood

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    2013-01-01

    Background Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most frequent hemoglobinopathy worldwide but remains a rare blood disorder in most western countries. Recommendations for standard of care have been produced in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, where this disease is relatively frequent because of earlier immigration from Africa. These recommendations have changed the clinical course of SCD but can be difficult to apply in other contexts. The Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (AIEOP) decided to develop a common national response to the rising number of SCD patients in Italy with the following objectives: 1) to create a national working group focused on pediatric SCD, and 2) to develop tailored guidelines for the management of SCD that could be accessed and practiced by those involved in the care of children with SCD in Italy. Methods Guidelines, adapted to the Italian social context and health system, were developed by 22 pediatric hematologists representing 54 AIEOP centers across Italy. The group met five times for a total of 128 hours in 22 months; documents and opinions were circulated via web. Results Recommendations regarding the prevention and treatment of the most relevant complications of SCD in childhood adapted to the Italian context and health system were produced. For each topic, a pathway of diagnosis and care is detailed, and a selection of health management issues crucial to Italy or different from other countries is described (i.e., use of alternatives for infection prophylaxis because of the lack of oral penicillin in Italy). Conclusions Creating a network of physicians involved in the day-to-day care of children with SCD is feasible in a country where it remains rare. Providing hematologists, primary and secondary care physicians, and caregivers across the country with web-based guidelines for the management of SCD tailored to the Italian context is the first step in building a sustainable response to a rare but

  18. [Radiotherapy in vulvar cancer. Experience in the Hospital de Oncología, CMN, SXXI, IMSS].

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    Huerta Bahena, J; Padilla Arrieta, P; Ayala Hernández, J R

    1995-11-01

    Between 1986 and 1992, 42 patients with carcinoma of the vulva diagnosis, were treated at the Hospital de Oncologia, CMN, SXXI. Mean age was 63 years. There was 1 case stage I, 5 stage II, 25 stage III, 4 stage IV, 2 with recurrent disease and 5 patients could not be classified. Local control was reached in 60% of patients however, 12 patients developed local recurrence after surgery and/or radiation therapy, finally 43% of patients remained disease free after a mean of 19 months of followup. In the subset of advanced disease patients treated with radical or preoperative radiation therapy (27 patients), 41% of them remained without disease. Mean radiation doses for patients treated only with radiation therapy was 6500 cGy. Late vulvar fibrosis and acute desquamative dermatitis, were the morbidity more frequently observed. New directions in the management of vulvar cancer must be developed to improve treatment results, in patients with advanced disease.

  19. A Trust-Based Pact in Research Biobanks. From Theory to Practice.

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    Sanchini, Virginia; Bonizzi, Giuseppina; Disalvatore, Davide; Monturano, Massimo; Pece, Salvatore; Viale, Giuseppe; Di Fiore, Pier Paolo; Boniolo, Giovanni

    2016-05-01

    Traditional Informed Consent is becoming increasingly inadequate, especially in the context of research biobanks. How much information is needed by patients for their consent to be truly informed? How does the quality of the information they receive match up to the quality of the information they ought to receive? How can information be conveyed fairly about future, non-predictable lines of research? To circumvent these difficulties, some scholars have proposed that current consent guidelines should be reassessed, with trust being used as a guiding principle instead of information. Here, we analyse one of these proposals, based on a Participation Pact, which is already being offered to patients at the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, a comprehensive cancer hospital in Milan, Italy.

  20. Guidelines on Vaccinations in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Patients

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    Cesaro, Simone; Giacchino, Mareva; Fioredda, Francesca; Barone, Angelica; Battisti, Laura; Bezzio, Stefania; Frenos, Stefano; De Santis, Raffaella; Livadiotti, Susanna; Marinello, Serena; Zanazzo, Andrea Giulio; Caselli, Désirée

    2014-01-01

    Objective. Vaccinations are the most important tool to prevent infectious diseases. Chemotherapy-induced immune depression may impact the efficacy of vaccinations in children. Patients and Methods. A panel of experts of the supportive care working group of the Italian Association Paediatric Haematology Oncology (AIEOP) addressed this issue by guidelines on vaccinations in paediatric cancer patients. The literature published between 1980 and 2013 was reviewed. Results and Conclusion. During intensive chemotherapy, vaccination turned out to be effective for hepatitis A and B, whilst vaccinations with toxoid, protein subunits, or bacterial antigens should be postponed to the less intensive phases, to achieve an adequate immune response. Apart from varicella, the administration of live-attenuated-virus vaccines is not recommended during this phase. Family members should remain on recommended vaccination schedules, including toxoid, inactivated vaccine (also poliomyelitis), and live-attenuated vaccines (varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella). By the time of completion of chemotherapy, insufficient serum antibody levels for vaccine-preventable diseases have been reported, while immunological memory appears to be preserved. Once immunological recovery is completed, usually after 6 months, response to booster or vaccination is generally good and allows patients to be protected and also to contribute to herd immunity. PMID:24868544

  1. Minimal residual disease (MRD) analysis in the non-MRD-based ALL IC-BFM 2002 protocol for childhood ALL: is it possible to avoid MRD testing?

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    Fronkova, E; Mejstrikova, E; Avigad, S; Chik, K W; Castillo, L; Manor, S; Reznickova, L; Valova, T; Zdrahalova, K; Hrusak, O; Jabali, Y; Schrappe, M; Conter, V; Izraeli, S; Li, C K; Stark, B; Stary, J; Trka, J

    2008-05-01

    The ALL IC-BFM 2002 protocol was created as an alternative to the MRD-based AIEOP-BFM ALL 2000 study, to integrate early response criteria into risk-group stratification in countries not performing routine PCR-based MRD testing. ALL IC stratification comprises the response to prednisone, bone marrow (BM) morphology at days 15 and 33, age, WBC and BCR/ABL or MLL/AF4 presence. Here, we compared this stratification to the MRD-based criteria using MRD evaluation in 163 patients from four ALL IC member countries at days 8, 15 and 33 and week 12. MRD negativity at day 33 was associated with an age of 1-5 years, WBC<20,000 microl(-1), non-T immunophenotype, good prednisone response and non-M3 morphology at day 15. There were no significant associations with gender or hyperdiploidy in the study group, or with TEL/AML1 fusion within BCP-ALL. Patients with M1/2 BM at day 8 tended to be MRD negative at week 12. Patients stratified into the standard-risk group had a better response than intermediate-risk group patients. However, 34% of them were MRD positive at day 33 and/or week 12. Our findings revealed that morphology-based ALL IC risk-group stratification allows the identification of most MRD high-risk patients, but fails to discriminate the MRD low-risk group assigned to therapy reduction.

  2. Guidelines on vaccinations in paediatric haematology and oncology patients.

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    Cesaro, Simone; Giacchino, Mareva; Fioredda, Francesca; Barone, Angelica; Battisti, Laura; Bezzio, Stefania; Frenos, Stefano; De Santis, Raffaella; Livadiotti, Susanna; Marinello, Serena; Zanazzo, Andrea Giulio; Caselli, Désirée

    2014-01-01

    Vaccinations are the most important tool to prevent infectious diseases. Chemotherapy-induced immune depression may impact the efficacy of vaccinations in children. A panel of experts of the supportive care working group of the Italian Association Paediatric Haematology Oncology (AIEOP) addressed this issue by guidelines on vaccinations in paediatric cancer patients. The literature published between 1980 and 2013 was reviewed. During intensive chemotherapy, vaccination turned out to be effective for hepatitis A and B, whilst vaccinations with toxoid, protein subunits, or bacterial antigens should be postponed to the less intensive phases, to achieve an adequate immune response. Apart from varicella, the administration of live-attenuated-virus vaccines is not recommended during this phase. Family members should remain on recommended vaccination schedules, including toxoid, inactivated vaccine (also poliomyelitis), and live-attenuated vaccines (varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella). By the time of completion of chemotherapy, insufficient serum antibody levels for vaccine-preventable diseases have been reported, while immunological memory appears to be preserved. Once immunological recovery is completed, usually after 6 months, response to booster or vaccination is generally good and allows patients to be protected and also to contribute to herd immunity.

  3. [Consensus document on the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of acute otitis media].

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    Del Castillo Martín, F; Baquero Artigao, F; de la Calle Cabrera, T; López Robles, M V; Ruiz Canela, J; Alfayate Miguelez, S; Moraga Llop, F; Cilleruelo Ortega, M J; Calvo Rey, C

    2012-11-01

    This is the consensus document on acute otitis media (AOM) of the Sociedad Española de Infectología Pediatrica (SEIP), Sociedad Española de Pediatría Extrahospitalaria y Atención Primaria (SEPEAP), Sociedad Española de Urgencias Pediátricas (SEUP) and Asociación Española de Pediatría de Atención Primaria (AEPAP). It discusses the aetiology of the disease and its potential changes after the introduction of the pneumococcal 7-valent, 10-valent and 13-valent vaccines. A proposal is made based on diagnostic classification of otitis media as either confirmed or likely. AOM is considered confirmed if 3 criteria are fulfilled: acute onset, signs of occupation of the middle ear (or otorrhea) and inflammatory signs or symptoms, such as otalgia or severe tympanic hyperaemia. Oral amoxicillin is the antibiotic treatment of choice (80mg/kg/day divided every 8hours). Amoxicillin-clavulanate (80mg/kg/day) is indicated in the following cases: when the child is under 6 months, in infants with severe clinical manifestations (fever>39°C or severe pain), there is family history of AOM sequels, and after amoxiciline treatment failure.

  4. [Use of fish oil lipid emulsions in hospitalized patients under 18 years old with abnormal results in liver tests associated with total parental nutrition].

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    Giraldo Villa, Adriana; Henao Roldan, Catherine; García Loboguerrero, Fanny; Martínez Volkmar, María Isabel; Contreras Ramírez, Mónica María; Ruiz Navas, Patricia

    2014-04-01

    Introducción: La Nutricion Parental Total (NPT) prolongada esta asociada con complicaciones potencialmente mortales en la poblacion pediatrica como lo es la colestasis. Dentro del soporte nutricional, la fuente de acidos grasos, el contenido de fitoesteroles y la dosis de lipidos se han relacionado con el desarrollo de esta complicacion. Objetivo: Describir el comportamiento de las pruebas hepaticas en pacientes pediatricos con NPT en quienes se uso lipidos a base de acidos grasos omega 3 (omegavenR). Métodos: Estudio retrospectivo, en menores de 18 anos con tratamiento intravenoso por minimo 8 dias con acidos grasos omega 3. Los pacientes fueron inicialmente clasificados en dos grupos: colestasis y alteracion de pruebas hepaticas. Se evaluo el comportamiento de la transaminasa glutamico oxalacetica (TGO), transaminasa glutamico piruvica (TGP), bilirrubina total (BT), bilirrubina directa, gama glutamil transferasa (GGT) y fosfatasa alcalina (FA) antes y despues del tratamiento con omegaven R. Resultados: 33 pacientes cumplieron los criterios de inclusion. Al finalizar la administracion de omegavenR, 82,4% de los pacientes que presentaron inicialmente colestasis mostraron resolucion o mejoria. En el grupo de pacientes con alteracion de pruebas hepaticas 18,8% progresaron a colestasis. Conclusiones: Nuestro estudio sugiere que el uso de omegaven R en pacientes pediatricos con NPT y BD ≥ 2 mg/dL, parece revertir o mejorar la colestasis, mientras que en pacientes con alteracion de pruebas hepaticas aun no se tiene claro su efecto.

  5. [Neurofibromatosis type 2 in childhood: a clinical characterization].

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    Hinojosa-Mateo, C M; Reche-Sainz, J A; Hernandez-Nunez, A; Ramos-Lopez, M; Arpa-Fernandez, A; Natera-de Benito, D

    2017-02-01

    Introduccion. La neurofibromatosis de tipo 2 (NF2) es un trastorno neuroectodermico con patron de herencia autosomico dominante que condiciona una predisposicion para desarrollar tumores de varios tipos en el sistema nervioso central y periferico. Se asocia tambien con alteraciones oculares y cutaneas. Caso clinico. Varon de 12 años con diagnostico de NF2 de acuerdo con los criterios de Baser et al e inicio en la infancia. Se realiza una revision bibliografica sobre la evolucion de los criterios diagnosticos en los niños. Conclusiones. El modo de presentacion de la NF2 en la infancia difiere de la presentacion en los adultos. Las manifestaciones iniciales de NF2 en los niños son las alteraciones oculares y cutaneas, no las auditivas. La clinica de inicio mas frecuente en la edad pediatrica es la triada de cataratas subcapsulares posteriores, lesiones intracutaneas en forma de placa o tumores nodulares subcutaneos, y sintomas neurologicos secundarios a la afectacion de pares craneales distintos al VIII par, tronco encefalico o medula espinal. Debido a que los criterios diagnosticos de NF2 son menos sensibles en los pacientes pediatricos, los niños con cataratas congenitas o de aparicion precoz y manifestaciones cutaneas tipicas de NF2 deben ser seguidos estrechamente.

  6. [Reversible neuropsychological deterioration associated to zonisamide in a paediatric patient with tuberous sclerosis].

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    Fournier-Del Castillo, M Concepción; Melero-Llorente, Javier; Blanco-Beregana, Miriam; Robles-Bermejo, Fernando; Budke, Marcelo; Garcia-Fernandez, Marta; Garcia-Penas, Juan José; Perez-Jimenez, M Ángeles

    2015-01-16

    Objetivo. Documentar el deterioro cognitivo reversible asociado a altas dosis de zonisamida, utilizando indices de cambio fiable para controlar los efectos de practica derivados de evaluaciones neuropsicologicas repetidas. Caso clinico. Niño de 11 años con complejo esclerosis tuberosa y epilepsia refractaria del lobulo frontal izquierdo, evaluado en el contexto de un programa de cirugia de la epilepsia pediatrica. La zona epileptogena se relaciono con un tuber epileptogeno localizado en el giro frontal inferior del hemisferio izquierdo. Los efectos de altas dosis de zonisamida mimetizaron una afectacion de la corteza elocuente en la zona epileptogena y un impacto de las crisis no controladas en el funcionamiento cognitivo asociado al hemisferio dominante para el lenguaje. La retirada del farmaco mejoro significativamente, mas alla de los efectos de practica, el cociente intelectual total, el indice intelectual de comprension verbal y habilidades cognitivas especificas sustentadas en el lenguaje. Conclusiones. La diferenciacion entre los efectos cognitivos de los farmacos y la existencia de un deficit funcional por afectacion de la corteza elocuente en el area epileptogena puede ser crucial para la toma de decisiones en cirugia de la epilepsia.

  7. [Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis: two paediatric cases].

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    González-Toro, M Cristina; Jadraque-Rodríguez, Rocío; Sempere-Pérez, Ángela; Martínez-Pastor, Pedro; Jover-Cerdá, Jenaro; Gómez-Gosálvez, Francisco

    2013-12-01

    Introduccion. La encefalitis asociada a anticuerpos antirreceptores de N-metil-D-aspartato (NMDA) es una patologia neurologica autoinmune documentada en la poblacion pediatrica de manera creciente en los ultimos años. Se presentan dos casos de nuestra experiencia con clinica similar. Casos clinicos. Caso 1: niña de 5 años que inicia un cuadro de convulsiones y alteracion de conciencia, asociando trastornos del movimiento y regresion de habilidades previamente adquiridas que evoluciona a autismo. Caso 2: niña de 13 años que presenta hemiparesia izquierda, movimientos anomalos, trastorno de conducta y disautonomia. En ambos casos se obtienen anticuerpos antirreceptores de NMDA positivos en el liquido cefalorraquideo y se diagnostican de encefalitis antirreceptor de NMDA. En el primer caso se inicia el tratamiento con perfusion intravenosa de corticoides e inmunoglobulinas y es necesario asociar rituximab. En el segundo, corticoides e inmunoglobulinas. La evolucion fue favorable en ambas pacientes, con una leve alteracion del lenguaje como secuela en el primer caso y una recaida en el segundo caso, con resolucion completa. Conclusion. La encefalitis antirreceptor de NMDA es un trastorno tratable y es importante el diagnostico y tratamiento precoz, ya que mejora el pronostico y disminuye las recaidas.

  8. [Acute optic neuropathy: differential diagnoses].

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    Buompadre, María Celeste

    2013-09-06

    Introduccion. La alteracion funcional del nervio optico se caracteriza por un deficit en la agudeza visual, en la vision cromatica y en el campo visual, defecto pupilar aferente y, en algunos casos, edema del nervio o atrofia y palidez. Objetivo. Describir el espectro de neuropatias opticas agudas, su clinica, diagnostico y tratamiento, con mayor interes en aquellas de presentacion en la edad pediatrica. Desarrollo. La neuritis optica puede ser monofasica, recurrente o el componente de un cuadro desmielinizante polisintomatico. El objetivo del tratamiento es reducir el numero y la gravedad de los ataques y prevenir discapacidad. La infecciosa es secundaria a diferentes microorganismos (bacterias, virus, hongos y protozoos). El tratamiento depende de la etiologia. La isquemica anterior no arteritica o idiopatica es la forma mas frecuente y es secundaria a enfermedad de pequeños vasos (ciliares posteriores). La neuropatia optica hereditaria o de Leber representa una causa importante de afectacion visual cronica y se caracteriza por la afectacion selectiva de las celulas ganglionares de la retina. Hasta el momento, la terapia solo es de apoyo. En el papiledema asociado a hipertension endocraneal, la agudeza visual generalmente se conserva pero existe aumento de la mancha ciega. El tratamiento se basa en disminuir la hipertension y el factor etiologico si existe. Conclusiones. Las neuropatias opticas agudas constituyen un amplio grupo de entidades, de etiologia diversa y con un pronostico visual variable. La presencia de signos del examen neurologico, fondo de ojo y neuroimagenes pueden orientar hacia el diagnostico y tratamiento oportuno.

  9. [Cluster headache in pediatric population: four case reports and review of the literature].

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    Alfaro-Iznaola, C; Natera-de Benito, D; Rodriguez-Diaz, R; Taboas-Pereira, M A; Cuadrado-Martin, M; Ballesteros-Garcia, M M

    2016-07-16

    Introduccion. La cefalea en racimos es una cefalea primaria de origen trigeminoautonomico cuyo inicio en la infancia es infrecuente. Se presentan cuatro casos en los que el inicio de la sintomatologia se produjo entre los 2 y los 13 años. Casos clinicos. Se incluyen tres varones y una niña con inicio a los 2, 7, 13 y 12 años, respectivamente. Los cuatro pacientes cumplen los criterios propuestos por la tercera edicion de la Clasificacion Internacional de las Cefaleas ICHD-III (beta). Conclusiones. A pesar de ser poco frecuente durante la edad pediatrica, la cefalea en racimos debe formar parte del diagnostico diferencial de un niño que consulta por cefalea. Subrayamos la importancia de conocer sus criterios diagnosticos para evitar el retraso diagnostico que se ha descrito con frecuencia. En nuestros pacientes, el tratamiento con verapamilo resulto mas eficaz que el tratamiento con flunaricina. Los tratamientos con mejor respuesta en fase aguda fueron la oxigenoterapia y los triptanes.

  10. Is there a standard for surgical therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma in healthy and cirrhotic liver? A comparison of eight guidelines

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    Manzini, Giulia; Henne-Bruns, Doris; Porzsolt, Franz; Kremer, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Background and aims Liver resection (LR) and transplantation are the most reliable treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Aim was to compare different guidelines regarding indication for resection and transplantation because of HCC with and without underlying cirrhosis. Methods We compared the following guidelines published after 1 January 2010: American (American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)), Spanish (Sociedad Espanola de Oncologia Medica (SEOM)), European (European Association for the study of liver-European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EASL-EORTC) and European Society for Medical Oncology-European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESMO-ESDO)), Asian (Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver (APASL)), Japanese (Japan Society of Hepatology (JSH)), Italian (Associazione Italiana Oncologia Medica (AIOM)) and German (S3) guidelines. Results All guidelines recommend resection as therapy of choice in healthy liver. Guidelines based on the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer staging system recommend resection for single HCC<2 cm and Child-Pugh A cirrhosis and for HCC≤5 cm with normal bilirubin and portal pressure, whereas transplantation is recommended for multiple tumours between Milan criteria and for single tumours ≤5 cm and advanced liver dysfunction. Patients with HCC and Child-Pugh C cirrhosis are not candidates for transplantation. JSH guidelines recommend LR for patients with Child-Pugh A/B with HCC without tumour size restriction; APASL guidelines in general exclude patients with Child-Pugh A from transplantation. In patients with Child-Pugh B, transplantation is the second-line therapy, if resection is not possible for patients within Milan criteria. German and Italian guidelines recommend transplantation for all patients within Milan criteria. Conclusions Whereas resection is the standard therapy of HCC in healthy liver, a standard regarding the indication for LR and transplantation for HCC in

  11. Is there a standard for surgical therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma in healthy and cirrhotic liver? A comparison of eight guidelines.

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    Manzini, Giulia; Henne-Bruns, Doris; Porzsolt, Franz; Kremer, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Liver resection (LR) and transplantation are the most reliable treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Aim was to compare different guidelines regarding indication for resection and transplantation because of HCC with and without underlying cirrhosis. We compared the following guidelines published after 1 January 2010: American (American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)), Spanish (Sociedad Espanola de Oncologia Medica (SEOM)), European (European Association for the study of liver-European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EASL-EORTC) and European Society for Medical Oncology-European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESMO-ESDO)), Asian (Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver (APASL)), Japanese (Japan Society of Hepatology (JSH)), Italian (Associazione Italiana Oncologia Medica (AIOM)) and German (S3) guidelines. All guidelines recommend resection as therapy of choice in healthy liver. Guidelines based on the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer staging system recommend resection for single HCC<2 cm and Child-Pugh A cirrhosis and for HCC≤5 cm with normal bilirubin and portal pressure, whereas transplantation is recommended for multiple tumours between Milan criteria and for single tumours ≤5 cm and advanced liver dysfunction. Patients with HCC and Child-Pugh C cirrhosis are not candidates for transplantation. JSH guidelines recommend LR for patients with Child-Pugh A/B with HCC without tumour size restriction; APASL guidelines in general exclude patients with Child-Pugh A from transplantation. In patients with Child-Pugh B, transplantation is the second-line therapy, if resection is not possible for patients within Milan criteria. German and Italian guidelines recommend transplantation for all patients within Milan criteria. Whereas resection is the standard therapy of HCC in healthy liver, a standard regarding the indication for LR and transplantation for HCC in cirrhotic liver does not exist, although nearly all

  12. Small sizes and indolent evolutionary dynamics challenge the potential role of P2RY8-CRLF2-harboring clones as main relapse-driving force in childhood ALL.

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    Morak, Maria; Attarbaschi, Andishe; Fischer, Susanna; Nassimbeni, Christine; Grausenburger, Reinhard; Bastelberger, Stephan; Krentz, Stefanie; Cario, Gunnar; Kasper, David; Schmitt, Klaus; Russell, Lisa J; Pötschger, Ulrike; Stanulla, Martin; Eckert, Conny; Mann, Georg; Haas, Oskar A; Panzer-Grümayer, Renate

    2012-12-20

    The P2RY8-CRLF2 fusion defines a particular relapse-prone subset of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (AIEOP-BFM) 2000 protocols. To investigate whether and to what extent different clone sizes influence disease and relapse development, we quantified the genomic P2RY8-CRLF2 fusion product and correlated it with the corresponding CRLF2 expression levels in patients enrolled in the BFM-ALL 2000 protocol in Austria. Of 268 cases without recurrent chromosomal translocations and high hyperdiploidy, representing approximately 50% of all cases, 67 (25%) were P2RY8-CRLF2 positive. The respective clone sizes were ≥ 20% in 27% and < 20% in 73% of them. The cumulative incidence of relapse of the entire fusion-positive group was clone size independent and significantly higher than that of the fusion-negative group (35% ± 8% vs 13% ± 3%, P = .008) and primarily confined to the non-high-risk group. Of 22 P2RY8-CRLF2-positive diagnosis/relapse pairs, only 4/8 had the fusion-positive dominant clone conserved at relapse, whereas none of the original 14 fusion-positive small clones reappeared as the dominant relapse clone. We conclude that the majority of P2RY8-CRLF2-positive clones are small at diagnosis and virtually never generate a dominant relapse clone. Our findings therefore suggest that P2RY8-CRLF2-positive clones do not have the necessary proliferative or selective advantage to evolve into a disease-relevant relapse clone.

  13. The opinion of clinical staff regarding painfulness of procedures in pediatric hematology-oncology: an Italian survey

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    2011-01-01

    Background Beliefs of caregivers about patient's pain have been shown to influence assessment and treatment of children's pain, now considered an essential part of cancer treatment. Painful procedures in hematology-oncology are frequently referred by children as the most painful experiences during illness. Aim of this study was to evaluate professionals' beliefs about painfulness of invasive procedures repeatedly performed in Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Units. Methods Physicians, nurses, psychologists and directors working in Hemato-Oncology Units of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (AIEOP) were involved in a wide-nation survey. The survey was based on an anonymous questionnaire investigating beliefs of operators about painfulness of invasive procedures (lumbar puncture, bone marrow aspirate and bone marrow biopsy) and level of pain management. Results Twenty-four directors, 120 physicians, 248 nurses and 22 psychologists responded to the questionnaire. The score assigned to the procedural pain on a 0-10 scale was higher than 5 in 77% of the operators for lumbar puncture, 97.5% for bone marrow aspiration, and 99.5% for bone marrow biopsy. The scores assigned by nurses differed statistically from those of the physicians and directors for the pain caused by lumbar puncture and bone marrow aspiration. Measures adopted for procedural pain control were generally considered good. Conclusions Invasive diagnostic-therapeutic procedures performed in Italian Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Units are considered painful by all the caregivers involved. Pain management is generally considered good. Aprioristically opinions about pain depend on invasiveness of the procedure and on the professional role. PMID:21663631

  14. Biological, Functional and Genetic Characterization of Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells from Pediatric Patients Affected by Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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    Conforti, Antonella; Biagini, Simone; Del Bufalo, Francesca; Sirleto, Pietro; Angioni, Adriano; Starc, Nadia; Li Pira, Giuseppina; Moretta, Francesca; Proia, Alessandra; Contoli, Benedetta; Genovese, Silvia; Ciardi, Claudia; Avanzini, Maria Antonietta; Rosti, Vittorio; Lo-Coco, Francesco; Locatelli, Franco; Bernardo, Maria Ester

    2013-01-01

    Alterations in hematopoietic microenvironment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients have been claimed to occur, but little is known about the components of marrow stroma in these patients. In this study, we characterized mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) isolated from bone marrow (BM) of 45 pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL-MSCs) at diagnosis (day+0) and during chemotherapy treatment (days: +15; +33; +78), the time points being chosen according to the schedule of BM aspirates required by the AIEOP-BFM ALL 2009 treatment protocol. Morphology, proliferative capacity, immunophenotype, differentiation potential, immunomodulatory properties and ability to support long-term hematopoiesis of ALL-MSCs were analysed and compared with those from 41 healthy donors (HD-MSCs). ALL-MSCs were also genetically characterized through array-CGH, conventional karyotyping and FISH analysis. Moreover, we compared ALL-MSCs generated at day+0 with those isolated during chemotherapy. Morphology, immunophenotype, differentiation potential and in vitro life-span did not differ between ALL-MSCs and HD-MSCs. ALL-MSCs showed significantly lower proliferative capacity (p<0.001) and ability to support in vitro hematopoiesis (p = 0.04) as compared with HD-MSCs, while they had similar capacity to inhibit in vitro mitogen-induced T-cell proliferation (p = N.S.). ALL-MSCs showed neither the typical translocations carried by the leukemic clone (when present), nor other genetic abnormalities acquired during ex vivo culture. Our findings indicate that ALL-MSCs display reduced ability to proliferate and to support long-term hematopoiesis in vitro. ALL-MSCs isolated at diagnosis do not differ from those obtained during treatment. PMID:24244271

  15. Metastatic renal cell carcinoma in children and adolescents: a 30-year unsuccessful story.

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    Indolfi, Paolo; Spreafico, Filippo; Collini, Paola; Cecchetto, Giovanni; Casale, Fiorina; Terenziani, Monica; Schiavetti, Amalia; Pierani, Paolo; Piva, Luigi; Cuzzubbo, Daniela; De Pasquale, Maria D; Pota, Elvira; Inserra, Alessandro; Bisogno, Gianni

    2012-10-01

    Because of the rare occurrence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) among children very little is known about this malignancy in pediatric age. We aimed adding knowledge on the clinical characteristics and outcome of metastatic (m) RCC in children and adolescents. The series included 14 stage 4 RCC patients with a median age at diagnosis of 155.5 months, observed at the Italian Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Association (AIEOP) centers from January 1973 to November 2010. We were able to reevaluate histopatology of 11 out of the 14 patients and perform immunostaining for TFE3 in 9 out of the 11 patients. Of the 14 patients under study, 5 (3 girls) had a translocation morphology TFE+ RCC, 2 were reassigned as papillary type 1 or 2, respectively, 2 tumor specimens with primary clear cell histology had confirmed the initial histologic diagnosis, and 2-whose biopsy specimen was insufficient-had the diagnosis of RCC not further specified with subtyping. In the remaining 3 cases, the initial diagnosis of clear cell carcinoma was left. Overall, 6 patients received chemotherapy, 9 immunotherapy, and 2 adjuvant antiangiogenic therapy. Overall, 11 patients (78.5%) never achieved complete remission and died from progressive disease 1 to 16 months after diagnosis (median overall survival 5.5 mo). Three patients, 2 of whom received adjuvant antiangiogenic therapy, relapsed to lung at 3, 6, and 8 months after diagnosis, and died 18, 32, and 33 months after diagnosis, respectively. Despite their possibly different biology, childhood and adult mRCC seems to be sharing comparable outcomes. Because of the very low incidence of mRCC (about 20%) in children and adolescents, an international pediatric cooperation to address biological studies and assess the novel targeted approaches is needed.

  16. Low PKCα expression within the MRD-HR stratum defines a new subgroup of childhood T-ALL with very poor outcome.

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    Milani, Gloria; Rebora, Paola; Accordi, Benedetta; Galla, Luisa; Bresolin, Silvia; Cazzaniga, Gianni; Buldini, Barbara; Mura, Rossella; Ladogana, Saverio; Giraldi, Eugenia; Conter, Valentino; Te Kronnie, Geertruy; Valsecchi, Maria Grazia; Basso, Giuseppe

    2014-07-30

    Pediatric T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL) outcome has improved in the last decades, yet one patient in every four still relapses. Except treatment response and immunophenotype, few markers are reliably prognostic in pediatric T-ALL patients. Aiming to improve T-ALL risk stratification, we investigated a new candidate biomarker with potential prognostic relevance. A phosphoproteomic screening of 98 pediatric T-ALL samples at diagnosis had been performed using the high-throughput Reverse Phase Protein Arrays technique, which led to the identification of PKCαS657 as an activated protein with a broad variation among T-ALL samples. To evaluate PKCα potential as a prognostic biomarker, PKCα expression was analyzed using RQ-PCR in a cohort of 173 patients, representative of ALL2000-ALLR2006 AIEOP study. A threshold of PKCα expression with the highest discrimination for incidence of relapse was identified. Patients with PKCα down-regulation, compared to patients with PKCα levels above the threshold, presented a markedly increased cumulative incidence of relapse (43.8% vs. 10.9%, P<0.001), as well as a worse 4-year overall survival (66% vs. 87.9%, P=0.002) and event-free survival (53.1% vs. 85.2%, P=0.002). In particular, low PKCα expression identified cases with extremely poor outcome within the high-risk minimal residual disease (MRD) stratum, their incidence of relapse being of 69% vs. 15% in the high PKCα levels group. In a multivariate analysis adjusting for main prognostic features, PKCα proved to be an independent prognostic factor related to incidence of relapse. Very high risk patients within the high-risk MRD stratum, identified by PKCα expression, could be proposed for experimental therapeutic protocols.

  17. CRLF2 over-expression is a poor prognostic marker in children with high risk T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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    Palmi, Chiara; Savino, Angela M.; Silvestri, Daniela; Bronzini, Ilaria; Cario, Gunnar; Paganin, Maddalena; Buldini, Barbara; Galbiati, Marta; Muckenthaler, Martina U.; Bugarin, Cristina; Mina, Pamela Della; Nagel, Stefan; Barisone, Elena; Casale, Fiorina; Locatelli, Franco; Nigro, Luca Lo; Micalizzi, Concetta; Parasole, Rosanna; Pession, Andrea; Putti, Maria C.; Santoro, Nicola; Testi, Anna M.; Ziino, Ottavio; Kulozik, Andreas E.; Zimmermann, Martin; Schrappe, Martin; Villa, Antonello; Gaipa, Giuseppe; Basso, Giuseppe; Biondi, Andrea; Valsecchi, Maria G.; Stanulla, Martin; Conter, Valentino; te Kronnie, Geertruy; Cazzaniga, Giovanni

    2016-01-01

    Pediatric T-ALL patients have a worse outcome compared to BCP-ALL patients and they could benefit from new prognostic marker identification. Alteration of CRLF2 gene, a hallmark correlated with poor outcome in BCP-ALL, has not been reported in T-ALL. We analyzed CRLF2 expression in 212 T-ALL pediatric patients enrolled in AIEOP-BFM ALL2000 study in Italian and German centers. Seventeen out of 120 (14.2%) Italian patients presented CRLF2 mRNA expression 5 times higher than the median (CRLF2-high); they had a significantly inferior event-free survival (41.2%±11.9 vs. 68.9%±4.6, p=0.006) and overall survival (47.1%±12.1 vs. 73.8%±4.3, p=0.009) and an increased cumulative incidence of relapse/resistance (52.9%±12.1 vs. 26.2%±4.3, p=0.007) compared to CRLF2-low patients. The prognostic value of CRLF2 over-expression was validated in the German cohort. Of note, CRLF2 over-expression was associated with poor prognosis in the high risk (HR) subgroup where CRLF2-high patients were more frequently allocated. Interestingly, although in T-ALL CRLF2 protein was localized mainly in the cytoplasm, in CRLF2-high blasts we found a trend towards a stronger TSLP-induced pSTAT5 response, sensitive to the JAK inhibitor Ruxolitinib. In conclusion, CRLF2 over-expression is a poor prognostic marker identifying a subset of HR T-ALL patients that could benefit from alternative therapy, potentially targeting the CRLF2 pathway. PMID:27449287

  18. A histological and clinical study on oral cancer: descriptive analyses of 365 cases.

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    Dias, Gonçalo Seguro; Almeida, Arlindo Pereira de

    2007-11-01

    Cancer is the second cause of death in Portugal right after cardio vascular diseases. In Portugal the incidence of oral and pharynx cancer (OPC) is higher than uterus and larynx cancers, and in US its frequency is higher than melanoma or uterus cancer, diseases that concern more population than oral cancer. The aim of this paper is to identify preferable anatomic location for oral cancer, mean age of patients, the use of tobacco and alcohol, histological characteristics, staging, type of therapeutics, presence of metastases and 1 and 5 year follow up. Data was collected from clinical charts of 365 cases from the Centro de Lisboa do Instituto Portugues de Oncologia with histological confirmation of malign tumor of the mouth. These cases are the total of oral malign tumors in the years of 1997, 1998 and 1999 in that institution. We observe that despite modern diagnostic and treatment techniques 37,9% of all patients died after first year with evidence of tumor. From all patients just 23,7% were free of disease after 5 years of treatment. Tongue was the principal region affected and the average age was 62, 25 years. It was concluded that 57, 8% of patient were smokers and 43,8% were alcohol drinkers. A high number of patients were submitted to radiotherapy either alone or with other treatment options.

  19. CYR61 and TAZ Upregulation and Focal Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition May Be Early Predictors of Barrett's Esophagus Malignant Progression.

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    Cardoso, Joana; Mesquita, Marta; Dias Pereira, António; Bettencourt-Dias, Mónica; Chaves, Paula; Pereira-Leal, José B

    2016-01-01

    Barrett's esophagus is the major risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma. It has a low but non-neglectable risk, high surveillance costs and no reliable risk stratification markers. We sought to identify early biomarkers, predictive of Barrett's malignant progression, using a meta-analysis approach on gene expression data. This in silico strategy was followed by experimental validation in a cohort of patients with extended follow up from the Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa de Francisco Gentil EPE (Portugal). Bioinformatics and systems biology approaches singled out two candidate predictive markers for Barrett's progression, CYR61 and TAZ. Although previously implicated in other malignancies and in epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition phenotypes, our experimental validation shows for the first time that CYR61 and TAZ have the potential to be predictive biomarkers for cancer progression. Experimental validation by reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry confirmed the up-regulation of both genes in Barrett's samples associated with high-grade dysplasia/adenocarcinoma. In our cohort CYR61 and TAZ up-regulation ranged from one to ten years prior to progression to adenocarcinoma in Barrett's esophagus index samples. Finally, we found that CYR61 and TAZ over-expression is correlated with early focal signs of epithelial to mesenchymal transition. Our results highlight both CYR61 and TAZ genes as potential predictive biomarkers for stratification of the risk for development of adenocarcinoma and suggest a potential mechanistic route for Barrett's esophagus neoplastic progression.

  20. Clinical and Organizational Issues in the Management of Surviving Breast and Colorectal Cancer Patients: Attitudes and Feelings of Medical Oncologists

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    Numico, Gianmauro; Pinto, Carmine; Gori, Stefania; Ucci, Giovanni; Di Maio, Massimo; Cancian, Maurizio; De Lorenzo, Francesco; Silvestris, Nicola

    2014-01-01

    Background The fast growing demand and the shortage of resources are pushing toward more efficient models of survivorship care delivery. The Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Medica (AIOM) established an interdisciplinary working group with the purpose of promoting organizational improvements at the national level. A survey aimed at assessing attitudes and feelings of oncologists was considered preliminary to further initiatives. Methods A 25-item questionnaire, sent to the mailing list of the Society, explored the following issues on the practice of breast and colorectal cancer patients' follow up: 1) organization; 2) clinical features; 3) feelings about the different meanings of follow-up. Results Ninety-one oncologists of 160 institutions (57%) answered to the questionnaire. Although follow up is considered a distinct oncological activity in 68%, a fully shared organization between specialists is not common and communications with Primary Care Physicians are not structured in the majority of the cases. Fifty-five and 30% of the oncologists follow breast and colorectal cancer patients indefinitely. In case of discharge a survivorship care plan is delivered in only 9%. The majority of respondents do not hold a role of follow up in mortality reduction. Conclusions Although survivorship care represents a significant part of the oncologists' workload, an “oncology-centered” model is largely adopted and established care pathways are still incomplete. Survivorship care needs to be put at the center of an educational policy and of a widespread organizational effort, directed at improving appropriateness and quality. PMID:24983237

  1. Transitioning from anatomic landmarks to ultrasound guided central venous catheterizations: guidelines applied to clinical practice.

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    Oom, Rodrigo; Casaca, Rui; Barroca, Rita; Carvalhal, Sara; Santos, Catarina; Abecasis, Nuno

    2017-07-14

    Centrally inserted central catheter (CICC) insertion is a commonly performed procedure that may give rise to different complications. Despite the suggestion of guidelines to use ultrasound guidance (USG) for vascular access, not all centers use it systematically. The aim of this study is to illustrate the experience with ultrasound in CICC placement at a high-volume oncological center, in a country where the landmark technique is standard. Retrospective analysis of a prospective database was performed on CICC placement under USG in the Central Venous Catheter Unit of Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil, from 2012 to 2015. Three thousand five hundred and seventy-two procedures were recorded. From 2728 CICC placements, 1187 (43.5%) were done using USG. The majority of CICC placements were successful without immediate complications (96.1%). In 55 cases (4.6%), more than three attempts were necessary to puncture the vein. Pneumothorax occurred in 5 cases (0.4%) and arterial puncture was registered in 41 cases (3.5%). An increasing use of USG for placing CICCs was planned and observed over the years and, in the last year of the study, 67.3% of the CICC placements were with USG. CICC placement with USG is a safe and effective technique. Despite some resistance that is observed, these results support that it is worth following the guidelines that advocate the use of the USG in the placement of CICC.

  2. Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: Pretreatment Evaluation, Predictive Factors, and Assessment during Radio-Chemotherapy, Recommendations.

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    Denaro, Nerina; Merlano, Marco C; Russi, Elvio G

    2013-09-01

    Progress in head and neck cancer (HNC) therapies has improved tumor response, loco-regional control, and survival. However, treatment intensification also increases early and late toxicities. Dysphagia is an underestimated symptom in HNC patients. Impairment of swallowing process could cause malnutrition, dehydration, aspiration, and pneumonia. A comprehensive literature review finalized in May 2012 included searches of electronic databases (Medline, Embase, and CAB abstracts) and scientific societies meetings materials (American Society of Clinical Oncology, Associazione Italiana Radioterapia Oncologica, Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Cervico-Cefalica, American Head and Neck Society, and European Society for Medical Oncology). Hand-searches of HNC journals and reference lists were carried out. Approximately one-third of dysphagia patients developed pneumonia requiring treatment. Aspiration pneumonia associated mortality ranged from 20% to 65%. Unidentified dysphagia caused significant morbidity, increased mortality, and decreased the quality of life. In this review we underline definition, causes, predictive factors of dysphagia and report on pretreatment and on-treatment evaluation, suggesting some key points to avoid underestimation. A multi-parameter assessment of swallowing problems may allow an earlier diagnosis. An appropriate evaluation might lead to a better treatment of both symptoms and cancer.

  3. Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: Pretreatment Evaluation, Predictive Factors, and Assessment during Radio-Chemotherapy, Recommendations

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    Merlano, Marco C.; Russi, Elvio G.

    2013-01-01

    Progress in head and neck cancer (HNC) therapies has improved tumor response, loco-regional control, and survival. However, treatment intensification also increases early and late toxicities. Dysphagia is an underestimated symptom in HNC patients. Impairment of swallowing process could cause malnutrition, dehydration, aspiration, and pneumonia. A comprehensive literature review finalized in May 2012 included searches of electronic databases (Medline, Embase, and CAB abstracts) and scientific societies meetings materials (American Society of Clinical Oncology, Associazione Italiana Radioterapia Oncologica, Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Cervico-Cefalica, American Head and Neck Society, and European Society for Medical Oncology). Hand-searches of HNC journals and reference lists were carried out. Approximately one-third of dysphagia patients developed pneumonia requiring treatment. Aspiration pneumonia associated mortality ranged from 20% to 65%. Unidentified dysphagia caused significant morbidity, increased mortality, and decreased the quality of life. In this review we underline definition, causes, predictive factors of dysphagia and report on pretreatment and on-treatment evaluation, suggesting some key points to avoid underestimation. A multi-parameter assessment of swallowing problems may allow an earlier diagnosis. An appropriate evaluation might lead to a better treatment of both symptoms and cancer. PMID:24069513

  4. Quality of life in elderly cancer patients.

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    Repetto, L; Ausili-Cefaro, G; Gallo, C; Rossi, A; Manzione, L

    2001-01-01

    Increasing age is a major risk factor for developing cancer and the number of older people is rapidly expanding. Therefore, cancer in the geriatric population is becoming an emerging problem. Older patients are extremely heterogeneous. Instruments collecting information related to comorbidity and disability, (which have both been demonstrated to affect the survival of elderly patients) may help treatment decision. The G.I.O.Ger (Gruppo Italiano di Oncologia Geriatrica) has validated a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) scale for geriatric cancer patients, and we recommend its use in clinical practice. Our findings suggest that cancer adversely affects physical performance and psychological status less than other comorbidities. Many aspects of physical limitations are not totally recognised by performance status, in particular those aspects of daily life that require instrumental activities and that may affect adherence to diagnostic or therapeutic protocols. Quality of life as a main objective in the management of elderly cancer patients is now recognized by many clinicians. In clinical practice. quality of life means maintenance of function and symptom control, and quality-of-life instruments rated by the patient rather than by clinicians should be preferred. Whether it is preferable to use cancer-specific or generic instruments is an ongoing debate.

  5. [Aicardi syndrome: retrospective study of a series of seven case reports].

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    Fernández-Ramos, Joaquín Alejandro; López-Laso, Eduardo; Simón-De Las Heras, Rogelio; Camino-León, Rafael; Guerra-García, Pilar; Camacho-Salas, Ana; Aguilar-Quintero, María; Núñez-Enamorado, Noemí

    2013-12-01

    Introduccion. El sindrome de Aicardi es un trastorno presumiblemente dominante ligado al cromosoma X, que afecta en exclusiva a mujeres, clasicamente definido por la triada de agenesia del cuerpo calloso, lagunas coriorretinianas y espasmos infantiles, letal en varones en la vida intrauterina. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio descriptivo retrospectivo de pacientes diagnosticadas y seguidas hasta el final de la edad pediatrica de sindrome de Aicardi en dos hospitales universitarios durante un periodo de 29 años. Resultados. Encontramos siete niñas, todas desarrollaron espasmos infantiles antes de los 6 meses de edad. La evolucion fue a espasmos mas alla de la infancia (n = 2), a epilepsia parcial farmacorresistente (n = 3) y a epilepsia parcial bien controlada (n = 1). Seis casos presentaron retraso mental grave-profundo, y uno, moderado-grave. Fallecieron dos niñas a los 2 y 6 años. En todas, los estudios de neuroimagen mostraron agenesia del cuerpo calloso, quistes intracraneales y malformaciones del desarrollo cortical cerebral, ademas de lesiones oftalmologicas: lagunas coriorretinianas (n = 7), anoftalmia/microftalmia (n = 4) y coloboma del nervio optico (n = 3). Otros hallazgos fueron cardiopatia congenita, anomalias costovertebrales, linfangioma cervical e hipertricosis focal. Conclusiones. El sindrome de Aicardi debe sospecharse en niñas con espasmos infantiles y agenesia del cuerpo calloso. Deben descartarse en estas pacientes las alteraciones oftalmologicas, las anomalias de la migracion y organizacion neuronal y los quistes intracraneales. El pronostico es grave por su elevada morbimortalidad y por la frecuente evolucion a epilepsia refractaria y retraso mental grave.

  6. [A descriptive study of non-symptomatic epilepsy according to age at onset at a Neuropediatric Section of regional reference].

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    Ochoa-Gomez, L; Lopez-Pison, J; Fernando-Martinez, R; Fuertes-Rodrigo, C; Samper-Villagrasa, P; Monge-Galindo, L; Pena-Segura, J L

    2016-11-16

    Objetivo. Estudio descriptivo de las epilepsias no sintomaticas (idiopaticas y criptogenicas), segun la edad de inicio, controladas en una unidad de neuropediatria de referencia regional durante tres años. Pacientes y metodos. Revision de historias de niños con epilepsia no sintomatica de la base de datos de neuropediatria controlados del 1 de enero de 2008 al 31 de diciembre de 2010. Resultados. De 4.595 niños atendidos en el periodo, se diagnosticaron de epilepsia 605 (13,17%), de las cuales 156 (25,79%) fueron idiopaticas, y 172 (28,43%), criptogenicas. La edad media de inicio del total fue de 4,78 años; 6,31 años en las idiopaticas y 5,43 años en las criptogenicas. El 26,12% del total de epilepsias se inicio en el primer año. Las epilepsias idiopaticas predominan en el grupo de inicio de 6-10 años, y las criptogenicas, en el de 3-6 años. La epilepsia de ausencias y la epilepsia benigna de la infancia con paroxismos centrotemporales son los sindromes epilepticos idiopaticos mas prevalentes. Conclusiones. Existen muchas diferencias de datos epidemiologicos publicados sobre epilepsia infantil por la dificultad que entraña un diagnostico sindromico en la edad pediatrica, debido a la variabilidad clinica y electroencefalografica. La ausencia de una clasificacion universalmente aceptada de los sindromes epilepticos dificulta comparaciones entre series. Todas las epilepsias son sintomaticas, puesto que tienen causa, sea genetica o adquirida. Una clasificacion util es la etiologica, con dos grupos: un gran grupo con las etiologias establecidas o sindromes geneticos muy probables y otro de casos sin causa establecida. La edad de inicio orienta a determinadas etiologias.

  7. [Current state of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder approach in neuropediatrics].

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    Cardo, E; Ros-Cervera, G; Eiris-Punal, J; Escofet-Soteras, C; Fernandez-Jaen, A; Mulas, F; Sanchez-Carpintero, R; Sans, A; Grupo de Trabajo de Tdah de la Sociedad Espanola de Neurologia Pediatrica, Grupo de Trabajo de Tdah de la Sociedad Espanola de Neurologia Pediatrica

    2017-02-24

    Objetivo. Conocer el estado actual del enfoque del trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH) entre los neuropediatras. Sujetos y metodos. Se realizo una encuesta telematica que recogia informacion preliminar sobre el interes, las dificultades en el manejo y el tratamiento del TDAH a los 437 socios de la Sociedad Española de Neurologia Pediatrica. Resultados. Respondio un 32,49% de los cuestionarios enviados, con una importante variabilidad geografica. El 97,89% afirmo que el 50% de sus consultas eran niños con trastornos de aprendizaje y TDAH. Respecto a quien iniciaba el tratamiento para el TDAH en su area, la mayoria contesto que el neuropediatra (57,97%), seguido del psiquiatra infantil (34,78%) y del pediatra de atencion primaria (5,31%). Respecto a las mayores dificultades para la valoracion inicial de los niños con sospecha de TDAH, se citaron la falta de un estudio psicopedagogico por parte de la escuela (49,79%), seguido de la falta de tiempo en la consulta (29,11%). Sobre las dificultades en el seguimiento, la mayor queja se produjo por la falta de coordinacion entre los profesionales, la escuela y los padres. Respecto a la medicacion, la mayoria de los pacientes se encontraba en tratamiento con algun tipo de metilfenidato de liberacion prolongada, un porcentaje estable utilizaba metilfenidato de liberacion inmediata como tratamiento unico o combinado, y se observo en un rango inferior el uso de clonidina y atomoxetina, y un incipiente uso de lisdexanfetamina. La adhesion al tratamiento farmacologico al año fue alrededor del 80%. Conclusiones. Es necesario avanzar en la capacitacion y educacion continua de nuestros especialistas neuropediatricos en el manejo del TDAH, y en homogeneizar la practica clinica y la coordinacion con educacion en el territorio español.

  8. Meningococco B: controllo di due focolai epidemici mediante vaccinazione

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    2014-01-01

    Riassunto La problematica di un efficace approccio vaccinale nei confronti del Meningococco B (MenB) è stata superata identificando con la metodica della "reverse vaccinology" alcuni antigeni capaci di indurre una risposta verso la maggior parte dei ceppi di MenB circolanti nel mondo. Il nuovo vaccino MenB a 4 componenti (4CMenB) è stato autorizzato in Europa, Australia e Canada, ed è entrato nei calendari di immunizzazione pediatrica internazionali: Australia, Canada, UK. In Italia, le prime regioni che hanno raccomandato la vaccinazione contro il MenB sono state Basilicata e Puglia. La gestione di epidemie/focolai epidemici richiede la messa in atto di una risposta rapida da parte delle autorità sanitarie nei confronti di una emergenza sanitaria ad elevato impatto, anche emotivo, sulla popolazione, come recentemente dimostrato in due università americane. Alla dichiarazione di focolaio epidemico in atto, in entrambi i contesti si è attivata una procedura per l'uso del vaccino 4CMenB non ancora autorizzato negli USA. È stato così possibile organizzare gli interventi di profilassi attiva nei due campus universitari, adottando il primo impiego su larga scala del nuovo vaccino 4CMenB e conseguendo, in tempi relativamente brevi, elevati tassi di copertura vaccinale. A fronte di circa 14000 studenti immunizzati con almeno una dose, non è stata segnalata alcuna problematica di eventi avversi conseguenti all'immunizzazione; ad oggi non si sono verificati casi nei soggetti che hanno ricevuto il vaccino. Come conseguenza dei due focolai descritti, è oggi in corso la valutazione da parte dell'FDA per l'estensione dell'uso del vaccino 4CMenB negli Stati Uniti negli adolescenti e giovani adulti. PMID:25916017

  9. [Epilepsy surgery in children with focal cortical dysplasias].

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    Villarejo-Ortega, Francisco J; Álvarez-Linera Prado, Juan; Pérez-Jiménez, M Ángeles

    2013-09-06

    Introduccion. Las displasias corticales focales (DCF) son la primera etiologia de cirugia de la epilepsia pediatrica. La evaluacion prequirurgica en DCF a menudo es compleja, ya que son lesiones que pueden ser altamente epileptogenas y, a la vez, conservar funcion neurologica, y no visualizarse en la resonancia magnetica. El exito de la cirugia depende, en gran medida, de la adecuada identificacion de la lesion y de la posibilidad de realizar una reseccion completa del tejido displasico. En este trabajo se revisa la bibliografia relacionada con el tema, en relacion con la experiencia de los autores. Desarrollo. Se revisan algunos avances relacionados con la evaluacion prequirurgica y el abordaje neuroquirurgico de la epilepsia en niños con DCF; se comentan los resultados de las series quirurgicas en relacion con las clasificaciones de DCF y los factores de pronostico posquirurgico; se describen algunos fenotipos anatomoelectroclinicos distintivos en niños con DCF y su abordaje quirurgico; y se comentan brevemente los actuales retos y el futuro del tratamiento quirurgico de la epilepsia en DCF. Conclusiones. El avance los metodos de diagnostico prequirurgico y de procedimientos quirurgicos esta permitiendo ofrecer un tratamiento exitoso en edades tempranas a pacientes con DCF previamente considerados 'no lesionales' y a pacientes con lesiones localizadas en la 'corteza elocuente'. La identificacion de fenotipos anatomoelectroclinicos de DCF permite establecer abordajes quirurgicos y expectativas de pronostico posquirurgico adecuadas a cada situacion, mejor en las DCF IIb transmantle y en las displasias de fondo de surco que en las DCF multilobares, en su mayoria DCF I.

  10. [Retrospective analysis of the effect of a vagus nerve stimulator implanted in paediatric patients with refractory epilepsy].

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    Fuentes-Pita, P; Gomez-Lado, C; Dacruz, D; Eiris-Punal, J; Prieto-Gonzalez, A; Castro-Gago, M

    2016-07-01

    Introduccion. El estimulador vagal es una alternativa terapeutica en los pacientes con epilepsia refractaria al tratamiento con farmacos antiepilepticos que no son candidatos a cirugia de reseccion. Objetivo. Analizar la eficacia del estimulador vagal en los pacientes pediatricos de nuestro centro. Pacientes y metodos. Conjunto de 13 pacientes implantados entre los años 2008 y 2013. Se registro la frecuencia de crisis previa a la implantacion, al año, a los dos años y al final del seguimiento. Asimismo, se recogio el numero de farmacos antiepilepticos utilizados, de forma cualitativa la mejoria conductual y el cambio en la intensidad de las crisis, asi como la aparicion de efectos secundarios y la retirada o no del dispositivo. Resultados. Al año, a los dos años y al final del seguimiento se habia producido una reduccion en el numero de crisis del 61%, 66,7% y 69%, respectivamente, y uno de los pacientes se encontro libre de crisis a los dos años. Al final del seguimiento, un 23% de los que habian disminuido sus crisis habia experimentado una reduccion superior al 90%. De forma independiente al efecto sobre el numero de crisis, el 77% de los pacientes presento una mejoria en la intensidad y duracion de las crisis, y ese mismo porcentaje mostro una mejoria conductual. Los efectos secundarios aparecieron en un 30,7% de los pacientes y fueron de intensidad leve. Conclusiones. A pesar del pequeño tamaño de la muestra, nuestros resultados indican que el estimulador vagal tiene una eficacia relevante en la poblacion pediatrica farmacorresistente, tanto sobre la frecuencia e intensidad de las crisis como sobre la conducta.

  11. [The use of the ketogenic diet as treatment for refractory epilepsy in the paediatric age].

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    Pablos-Sánchez, Tamara; Oliveros-Leal, Liliana; Núñez-Enamorado, Noemí; Camacho-Salas, Ana; Moreno-Villares, José Manuel; Simón-De las Heras, Rogelio

    2014-01-16

    Introduccion. El 23-25% de los niños epilepticos son refractarios a farmacos antiepilepticos. El interes por la dieta cetogenica como tratamiento en estos pacientes no candidatos a otras opciones terapeuticas ha resurgido ultimamente. Objetivo. Valorar la eficacia y seguridad del tratamiento con dieta cetogenica en un importante numero de pacientes pediatricos con epilepsia refractaria en nuestro centro y determinar si los resultados obtenidos corroboran otros de publicacion reciente. Pacientes y metodos. Se revisaron retrospectivamente las historias clinicas de 41 niños con epilepsia refractaria que fueron tratados con dieta cetogenica entre 1998 y 2011, la mayoria con dieta tipo Radcliffe II. La mediana de edad al inicio de la dieta fue de 3,92 años. Resultados. A los seis meses del inicio de la dieta se redujeron las crisis en al menos un 50% en un 36,84% de la muestra (el 10,53% de los niños alcanzo mas de un 90% de reduccion y un 5,26% quedo sin crisis). Aproximadamente un 50% por grupo de edad en los mas pequeños respondio de manera positiva. Un 58,54% de los pacientes presento algun efecto secundario, tolerable y transitorio, principalmente elevacion de los niveles de colesterol y estreñimiento, sin observarse variacion en los parametros antropometricos. Conclusiones. La dieta cetogenica supone una buena alternativa terapeutica en los casos de epilepsia refractaria en la edad pediatrica, con mayor probabilidad de beneficio cuanto menor sea la edad del niño al inicio de la dieta. En general, es bien tolerada. Son de gran importancia en estos pacientes las revisiones periodicas con control nutricional.

  12. Epithelial thymic tumours in paediatric age: a report from the TREP project.

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    Carretto, Elena; Inserra, Alessandro; Ferrari, Andrea; Conte, Massimo; Di Cataldo, Andrea; Migliorati, Roberta; Cecchetto, Giovanni; Bisogno, Gianni

    2011-05-21

    Thymic epithelial tumours (thymoma and carcinoma) are exceptionally rare in children. We describe a national multicentre series with a view to illustrating their clinical behaviour and the results of treatment. From January 2000 all patients under 18 years of age diagnosed with "rare paediatric tumours" were centrally registered by the Italian centres participating in the TREP project (Tumori Rari in Età Pediatrica [Rare Tumours in Paediatric Age]). The clinical data of children with a thymic epithelial tumour registered as at December 2009 were analyzed for the purposes of the present study. Our series comprised 4 patients with thymoma and 5 with carcinoma (4 males, 5 females; median age 12.4 years). The tumour masses were mainly large, exceeding 5 cm in largest diameter. Based on the Masaoka staging system, 3 patients were stage I, 1 was stage III, 1 was stage IVa and 4 were stage IVb.All 3 patients with stage I thymoma underwent complete tumour resection at diagnosis and were alive 22, 35 and 93 months after surgery. One patient with a thymoma metastasizing to the kidneys died rapidly due to respiratory failure.Thymic carcinomas were much more aggressive, infiltrating nearby organs (in 4 cases) and regional nodes (in 5), and spreading to the bone (in 3) and liver (in 1). All patients received multidrug chemotherapy (platinum derivatives + etoposide or other drugs) with evidence of tumour reduction in 3 cases. Two patients underwent partial tumour resection (after chemo-radiotherapy in one case) and 4 patients were given radiotherapy (45-54 Gy). All patients died of their disease. Children with thymomas completely resected at diagnosis have an excellent prognosis while thymic carcinomas behave aggressively and carry a poor prognosis despite multimodal treatment.

  13. [Learning disorders in neurofibromatosis type 1].

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    Garcia-Penas, J J

    2017-02-24

    Introduccion. Los deficits neurocognitivos y las dificultades de aprendizaje representan las complicaciones neurologicas mas frecuentes de la neurofibromatosis tipo 1 (NF1) en la edad pediatrica y son responsables de una importante morbilidad evolutiva. Los niños con NF1 muestran alteraciones en atencion, percepcion visual, lenguaje, funciones ejecutivas, logros academicos y conducta. Los estudios en modelos animales sugieren que las alteraciones de aprendizaje en la NF1 se relacionan con una potenciacion de la actividad Ras que conduce a un incremento de la inhibicion mediada por el acido gamma-aminobutirico (GABA) y a una disminucion de la potenciacion sinaptica a largo plazo. Objetivo. Describir la frecuencia, gravedad, tipologia y evolucion natural de los deficits neurocognitivos especificos de la NF1. Desarrollo. Los trastornos neurocognitivos y conductuales afectan al 50-80% de los niños con NF1. Se pueden definir tres subtipos de perfiles cognitivos en la NF1, incluyendo trastorno de aprendizaje global, trastorno especifico de aprendizaje y trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad aislado. Los deficits cognitivos mas frecuentes se relacionan con la alteracion visuoespacial, aunque tambien son importantes las alteraciones de la memoria de trabajo y de la funcion ejecutiva asociadas con la disfuncion de la corteza prefrontal. Conclusiones. Existe una gran frecuencia global de problemas cognitivos en la NF1, lo cual implica que la disfuncion neurocognitiva sea la mayor complicacion medica que afecta la calidad de vida de estos pacientes. El diagnostico y el tratamiento precoces de los trastornos de aprendizaje en estos niños son basicos para conseguir un mejor desempeño academico.

  14. [Neurological complications in the population of children with leukaemia].

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    Martínez-Cayuelas, Elena; Domingo-Jiménez, Rosario; Pascual-Gázquez, Juan F; Martínez-Salcedo, Eduardo; Alarcón-Martínez, Helena; Bermúdez-Cortés, Mar; Fuster-Soler, José L; Pérez-Fernández, Virginia

    2015-02-01

    Introduccion. La leucemia es el cancer mas frecuente en edad pediatrica. Su tasa de curacion es del 80% con quimioterapia intensiva, que mejora la supervivencia, pero que tambien aumenta la frecuencia de efectos adversos, incluyendo los neurologicos. Objetivos. Describir la frecuencia y caracteristicas de las complicaciones neurologicas (CN) en pacientes con leucemia aguda linfoide (LAL) y leucemia aguda mieloide (LAM), e identificar los factores asociados a su presencia, la tasa de morbilidad neurologica y la supervivencia. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio retrospectivo de las CN presentes durante el tratamiento y seguimiento de los pacientes con LAL y LAM entre 1997 y 2012 por la unidad de oncohematologia infantil. Variables analizadas: datos demograficos, diagnostico oncologico, tratamiento y CN. Resultados. Se incluyo un total de 157 pacientes, 145 sin infiltracion de sistema nervioso central al diagnostico y ocho con infiltracion (tasa de CN del 14 y 12%, respectivamente). Las CN mas frecuentes fueron: neuropatias (31%), alteracion del nivel de conciencia (27%), convulsiones (22%) y cefalea (12%). Un 40% de los pacientes con CN ha presentado secuelas, pero ninguno ha fallecido como consecuencia de la CN. Se han detectado mas CN en el grupo de edad menor de 6 años con LAL de alto grado, en niveles de gravedad mas altos y en pacientes que habian recibido trasplante de precursores hematopoyeticos, todas ellas con diferencias estadisticamente significativas. Conclusiones. Las complicaciones neurologicas son frecuentes en los pacientes con leucemia aguda, en especial en aquellos con estadio de riesgo alto (sobre todo si son menores de 6 años) y trasplante de precursores hematopoyeticos. La mortalidad asociada es baja.

  15. Time trends of cancer incidence in childhood in Campania region: 25 years of observation.

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    Indolfi, Paolo; Picazio, Serena; Perrotta, Silverio; Rossi, Francesca; Pession, Andrea; Di Martino, Martina; Pota, Elvira; Di Pinto, Daniela; Indolfi, Cristiana; Rondelli, Roberto; Vetrano, Francesco; Casale, Fiorina

    2016-09-06

    Childhood cancer is relatively uncommon and the European age-standardized rate was 164 new case per million per year among children 0 to 14 years of age (95 % CI 158-170). Aims of our study are to evaluate the cases of these malignant diseases observed between 0 and 15 years of age in the Campania region between 1990 and 2014, the ration between observed and expected cases by disease and province of residence. Also we studied the percentage of extra-regional migration over the time by disease and province of residence. In this study we reported the patients with malignant disease observed in 25 years (1990-2014) based on the specialized registry, the Mod. 1.01 of the AIEOP (Association Italian Pediatric Hematology-Oncology). The size of the monitored population also allowed us to systematically examine five time trends: 1990-94: 1995-99; 2000-04; 2005-09; and 2010-14. Between 1990 and 2014 a total of 3655 malignant neoplasms were reported: Napoli province (2059 cases), Salerno province (625), Caserta province (589), Avellino province (229), and Benevento province (153). Epidemiological data suggested that about 4100 cases could be expected in Campania region during the same period. The overall ratio between observed (O) and expected (E) numbers of cases in the five periods considered rose gradually from 0.69 in the first period to 0.76, then 0.82, 0.91, and 0.94, in the other periods considered. The extra-regional migration involved 1029 cases (28.1 %), showing a reduction from 33.7 % of the first period to 20.3 % of the last period considered. Considering single province of residence we observed the lowest rate of migration in Napoli and Caserta province, whereas higher levels were observed in the other provinces. For all provinces, except Salerno, the extra-regional migration declined significantly over time. The present findings showed an increase over time of O/E ratio, probably due to improvement in the organization of centers and greater trust of families in

  16. Judicial demand of medications through the Federal Justice of the State of Paraná.

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    Nisihara, Renato Mitsunori; Possebom, Ana Carolina; Borges, Luiza de Martino Cruvinel; Shwetz, Ana Claudia Athanasio; Bettes, Fernanda Francis Benevides

    2017-01-01

    To describe the profile of lawsuits related to drug requests filled at the Federal Justice of the State of Paraná. A cross-sectional study, and the data were obtained through consulting the lawsuits at the online system of the Federal Justice of Paraná. Out of 347 lawsuits included in the study, 55% of plaintiffs were women, with a median age of 56 years. Oncology was the field with more requests (23.6%), and the highest mean costs. A wide variety of diseases and broad variety of requested drugs were found in the lawsuits. Approximately two-thirds of them were requested by the brand name, and the most often requested drugs were palivizumab and tiotropium bromide. Only 14.5% of the requested medicines were registered in the National Medication Register. The Public Defender's Office filled actions in 89.6% of cases and all lawsuits had an interim relief. The mean time for approval was 35 days and 70% of requests were granted. Oncology was the field with the highest demand for medicines at the Federal Justice of Paraná in 2014. A great variety of medications was requested. The Public Defender´s Office represented most lawsuits. All demands had an interim relief, and the majority of requests were granted, within an average of 35 days. Descrever o perfil das ações que solicitam medicamentos ajuizadas na Justiça Federal do Paraná. Estudo transversal descritivo, cujos dados foram obtidos por meio de consulta aos processos no sistema on-line da Justiça Federal do Paraná. Dentre os 347 processos incluídos no estudo, 55% dos autores eram mulheres, com mediana da idade de 56 anos, sendo a área mais procurada a oncologia (23,6%). A área oncológica também foi a que apresentou maiores custos médios. Foi ampla a variedade de doenças geradoras das ações e também foi consequentemente grande a variedade de medicamentos solicitados. Cerca de dois terços dos fármacos foram solicitados pelo nome comercial, e os mais requeridos foram o palivizumabe e brometo de

  17. Medullary Carcinoma of the Penis: A Distinctive HPV-related Neoplasm: A Report of 12 Cases.

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    Cañete-Portillo, Sofía; Clavero, Omar; Sanchez, Diego F; Silvero, Arturo; Abed, Francisco; Rodriguez, Ingrid M; Ayala, Gustavo; Alemany, Laia; Munoz, Nubia; de Sanjose, Silvia; Quint, Wim; Bosch, Francesc X; Cubilla, Antonio L

    2017-04-01

    A third to half of penile invasive squamous cell carcinomas are human papillomavirus (HPV) related. Warty (condylomatous), warty-basaloid, and basaloid carcinomas are the most common subtypes associated with HPV. Less frequent are clear cell and lymphoepithelioma-like carcinomas. Here we report a novel penile tumor associated with HPV. Twelve cases were selected from 1010 penile carcinomas, part of an international HPV detection study conducted at the Institut Català d'Oncologia, Barcelona, Spain. Immunostaining with p16 was performed on all cases, and HPV-mRNA detection was also performed. En bloc full tumor staining was the utilized criteria for positivity of p16. For HPV-DNA detection, whole-tissue section polymerase chain reaction analysis was performed by SPF10-DEIA-LiPA25 (version 1). The patients' ages ranged from 42 to 92 years (average, 71 y). The tumor was most commonly located in the glans. A characteristic microscopic finding was the presence of a moderate to dense tumor-associated inflammatory cell infiltrate composed of neutrophils, lymphocytes, plasma cells, or eosinophils. Tumors grew in large solid sheets, nests, or had a trabecular pattern. Cells were large and poorly differentiated or anaplastic. Keratinization was minimal or absent. Nuclei were large with prominent nucleoli. Mitoses were numerous. Tumor necrosis was common. Deep invasion of the corpora cavernosa was frequent. p16 and HPV-DNA were positive in all cases, whereas mRNA detection was positive in 9 cases only. The prevalent genotype was HPV16 (9 cases, 75%). Other genotypes were HPVs 58, 33, and 66. Medullary carcinomas of the penis are morphologically distinctive HPV-related high-grade neoplasms affecting older individuals. More studies are necessary to delineate the epidemiological, clinical, and molecular features of this unusual penile neoplasm.

  18. [Spanish version of the Satisfaction With Decision scale: cross-cultural adaptation, validity and reliability].

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    Chabrera, Carolina; Areal, Joan; Font, Albert; Caro, Mónica; Bonet, Marta; Zabalegui, Adelaida

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to develop a Spanish version of the Satisfaction With Decision scale (SWDs) and analyse the psychometric properties of validity and reliability. An observational, descriptive study and validation of a tool to measure satisfaction with the decision. Urology, Radiation oncology, and Medical oncology Departments of the Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Institut Català d'Oncologia and the Institut Oncològic del Vallès - Hospital General de Catalunya. A total of 170 participants diagnosed with prostate cancer, and who could read and write in Spanish and gave their informed consent. A translation, back-translation and cross-cultural adaptation to Spanish was performed on the SWDs. The content validity, criterion validity, construct validity and reliability (internal consistency and stability) of the Spanish version were evaluated. The SWDs contains 6 items with 5-item Likert scales. A Spanish version (ESD) was obtained that was linguistically and conceptually equivalent to the original version. Criterion validity, the ESD correlated with "satisfaction with the decision" using a linear analogue scale, was significant (r=0.63, P<.01) for all items. The factorial analysis showed a unique dimension to explain 82.08% of the variance. The ESD showed excellent results in terms of internal consistency (Cronbach alpha=0.95) and good test-retest reliability with intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.711. The ESD is a validated Spanish scale to measure the satisfaction with the decisions taken in health, and demonstrates a correct validity and reliability. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  19. P17.52ANALYSIS OF RISK AND PROGNOSIS FACTORS IN GLIOBLASTOMA - OUR EXPERIENCE IN 104 PATIENTS

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    Zaruma, C. Llumiguano; Arregui, E.; Cano, J.M.; Gonzalez, J.; Amo-Salas, M.; Lopez, C.; Moreno, J.M.Borrás

    2014-01-01

    Comite de Neuro-Oncologia, Hospital General Universitario de Ciudad Real, Spain OBJECTIVE: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans. These tumors are typically associated with a dismal prognosis and poor quality of life. Our objective is analyze both the overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) based on different potentially prognostic and risk factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We have analyzed 104 patients diagnosed with GBM in our center between 2006 and 2013. The standard scheme that we used was the STUPP scheme, of which 59 patients have benefited. Variables used include age, the diameter of the tumor at onset and the presence of necrosis, and have been evaluated different treatment schemes. RESULTS: In terms of age, it was statistically significant for both the OS (p = 0.0026) and the PFS (p = 0.002). We did not see differences nor in the size of tumor at the diagnosis nor in the presence of necrosis. No differences were seen in OS or PFS with the degree of surgical resection according to STUPP scheme. Patients who have made a complete treatment with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, have presented an OS of 17.2 months, while PFS was 10.9 months. If we compare these patients with those who have only been operated, survival is statistically significant (p = 0.00015 and p = 0.0013 respectively). CONCLUSIONS: After analyzing our series, we see that the only prognostic factor is age, with strong statistical significance. In our 104 patients, there are no significant differences in regard to the size and the presence of necrosis at diagnosis. Regarding the treatment, the OS nearly 18 months that present our patients treated with STUPP scheme is superior than in other series. We need to expand our database to improve both diagnosis and treatment and the subsequent impact on OS and PFS.

  20. Experimental characterization of the Clear-PEM scanner spectrometric performance

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    Bugalho, R.; Carriço, B.; Ferreira, C. S.; Frade, M.; Ferreira, M.; Moura, R.; Ortigão, C.; Pinheiro, J. F.; Rodrigues, P.; Rolo, I.; Silva, J. C.; Trindade, A.; Varela, J.

    2009-10-01

    In the framework of the Clear-PEM project for the construction of a high-resolution and high-specificity scanner for breast cancer imaging, a Positron Emission Mammography tomograph has been developed and installed at the Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto hospital. The Clear-PEM scanner is mainly composed by two planar detector heads attached to a robotic arm, trigger/data acquisition electronics system and computing servers. The detector heads hold crystal matrices built from 2 × 2 × 20 mm3 LYSO:Ce crystals readout by Hamamatsu S8550 APD arrays. The APDs are optically coupled to both ends of the 6144 crystals in order to extract the DOI information for each detected event. Each one of 12288 APD's pixels is read and controlled by Application Specific Integrated Circuits water-cooled by an external cooling unit. The Clear-PEM frontend boards innovative design results in a unprecedented integration of the crystal matrices, APDs and ASICs, making Clear-PEM the PET scanner with the highest number of APD pixels ever integrated so far. In this paper, the scanner's main technical characteristics, calibration strategies and the first spectrometric performance evaluation in a clinical environment are presented. The first commissioning results show 99.7% active channels, which, after calibration, have inter-pixel and absolute gain distributions with dispersions of, respectively, 12.2% and 15.3%, demonstrating that despite the large number of channels, the system is uniform. The mean energy resolution at 511 keV is of 15.9%, with a 8.8% dispersion, and the mean CDOI-1 is 5.9%/mm, with a 7.8% dispersion. The coincidence time resolution, at 511 keV, for a energy window between 400 and 600 keV, is 5.2 ns FWHM.

  1. Efficacy of adjuvant fluorouracil and folinic acid in colon cancer. International Multicentre Pooled Analysis of Colon Cancer Trials (IMPACT) investigators.

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    1995-04-15

    The role of fluorouracil and folinic acid and adjuvant therapy for colon cancer is not clear. We undertook independently three randomised trials to find out the efficacy of fluorouracil and high-dose folinic acid after surgery for Dukes' B and C stage colon cancer. The three studies by the Gruppo Interdisciplinare Valutazione Interventi Oncologia (GIVIO), the National Cancer Institute Canada Clinical Trials Group (NCIC-CTG), and the Fondation Française de Cancerologie Digestive (FFCD) were pooled for combined analysis. Each trial was multicentre and used the same treatment regimen (fluorouracil 370-400 mg/m2 plus folinic acid 200 mg/m2 daily for 5 days, every 28 days for 6 cycles). A pooled analysis of the results was done on the basis of a previously agreed protocol when there were sufficient events to detect at least a 10% reduction in mortality with 80% power. 1526 patients with resected B (56%) and C (44%) carcinoma of the colon were enrolled and 1493 were confirmed as eligible. 736 were assigned to the treatment group and 757 to the control group. Fluorouracil/folinic acid significantly reduced mortality by 22% (95% CI 3-38; p = 0.029) and events by 35% (22-46; p < 0.0001), increasing 3-year event-free survival from 62% to 71% and overall survival from 78% to 83%. Compliance with treatment was good; more than 80% of patients completed the planned treatment. Side-effects were clinically acceptable with only 1 treatment-related death. The commonest side-effects were gastrointestinal, but severe toxic effects (WHO grade 4) occurred in fewer than 3% of cases. We conclude that fluorouracil plus high-dose folinic acid is a well-tolerated and effective 6-month adjuvant regimen for colon cancer.

  2. Gefitinib (Iressa) in metastatic patients with non-small cell lung cancer: preliminary experience in a Brazilian center.

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    del Giglio, Auro; Ito, Cristina

    2004-05-06

    Patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer are deemed incurable, but they may derive some benefit from systemic palliative chemotherapy. Recently, with the introduction of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antagonists such as gefitinib (Iressa), an effective and less toxic option is now available for the treatment of such patients. To assess the activity and toxicity of gefitinib in a group of Brazilian patients. Prospective, open label, non-randomized and non-controlled. Clínica de Oncologia e Hematologia (CLIOH), São Paulo, Brazil. From June 2002 to April 2003 we treated five patients with metastatic previously-treated non-small cell lung cancer (median of two previous chemotherapy regimens), using gefitinib at a dose of 250 mg orally on a daily basis, within a compassionate protocol sponsored by AstraZeneca. The patients' median age was 65 years and two of them were male. Three had a performance status of 1, one of 2 and one of 3, on the ECOG (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group) scale. We observed skin rash in two patients, diarrhea in three and arthralgia in two. One patient had a partial response and another had stabilization of her disease, as measured via imaging studies (which have lasted for more than 11 and 4 months, respectively), which were accompanied by significant decrease in tumor markers, whereas three patients worsened during treatment. New options of chemotherapy agents with favorable toxicity profiles are urgently needed for the treatment of metastatic non-small lung cancer patients who usually have short life expectancies. In our small series of five patients, we observed stabilization of the disease in two of them and the skin and gastrointestinal reactions often described in the literature in all of them. Two had arthralgia, not reported before. We concluded that gefitinib is an important addition to the therapeutic armamentarium for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

  3. Role of prophylactic central neck dissection in cN0 papillary thyroid cancer

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    Costa, S; Giugliano, G; Santoro, L; Ywata De Carvalho, A; Massaro, MA; Gibelli, B; De Fiori, E; Grosso, E; Ansarin, M; Calabrese, L

    2009-01-01

    Summary Prophylactic central neck dissection in papillary thyroid cancer is controversial. In this retrospective cohort study, the aim was to assess possible advantages of prophylactic central neck dissection with total thyroidectomy in cN0 papillary thyroid cancer. A total of 244 consecutive patients with papillary thyroid cancer, without clinical and ultrasound nodal metastases (cN0), were evaluated out of 1373 patients operated for a thyroid disease at the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, Milan, Italy from 1994 to 2006. Of these 244 patients, 126 (Group A) underwent thyroidectomy with central neck dissection, while 118 (Group B) underwent thyroidectomy alone. Demographic, clinical and pathological features were analysed. Overall recurrence rate was 6.3% (8/126) in Group A and 7.7% (9/118) in Group B, with a mean follow-up of 47 (Group A) and 64 (Group B) months. In Group A patients, 47% were pN1a and all patients with recurrence had nodal involvement (p = 0.002). Survival rate did not differ in the two groups. Nine patients were lost to follow-up. Group A patients were older and their tumours were larger in size; according to the pT distribution, a higher extra-capsular invasion rate was observed. The two groups were equivalent as far as concerns histological high risk variants and multifocality. Nodal metastases correlated with stage: pT1-2 vs. pT3-T4a, p = 0.0036. A lower risk of nodal metastases was related to thyroiditis (p = 0.0034). In conclusion, central neck metastases were predictive of recurrence without influencing prognosis. From data obtained, possible greatest efficacy of central neck dissection in pT3-4 papillary thyroid cancer without thyroiditis is suggested. PMID:20111614

  4. Treatment of lung cancer in the elderly: Influence of comorbidity on toxicity and survival

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    Cardia, Joana; Calçada, Cármen; Pereira, Helena

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background More than 50% of new cases of lung cancer (LC) are diagnosed in elderly patients. It is necessary to know correct treatment of these patients but there is a lack of evidence-based data regarding this age group, leading to an undertreatment based on a supposed lack of tolerance to radical treatments. Aim To evaluate the results of radiotherapy (RT) treatment in elderly patients with LC in our institution and the relation between survival, toxicity and comorbidities. Materials and methods We retrospectively analyzed all patients over 70 years old with LC, treated with RT with or without chemotherapy (CT), in the radiotherapy department of the Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil (IPOPFG), between January 2000 and December 2007. Results Three-year overall survival (OS) rate was 33.8%. Median progression free survival was 18.1 months. For patients treated with exclusive radical radiotherapy the 3-year OS rate was 51.5% and for patients treated with sequential and concurrent CTRT, 3-year survival rates were 44% and 25.4%, respectively. We did not find a statistical relationship between the presence of comorbidities and survival. Toxicity presented by the patients was not influenced by comorbidities and did not influence survival. Conclusion Our results allow us to conclude that elderly patients are likely to benefit from radical treatments. Chemo-radiotherapy seems to increase survival but should be used carefully in old patients outside clinical trials. Comorbidities did not seem to influence survival and toxicity of treatments, although larger studies are necessary to prove this. PMID:24376955

  5. Retrospective Analysis of 255 Papillary Thyroid Carcinomas ≤2 cm: Clinicohistological Features and Prognostic Factors

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    Marques, Pedro; Leite, Valeriano; Bugalho, Maria João

    2014-01-01

    Background Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common thyroid cancer. The widespread use of neck ultrasound (US) and US-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology is triggering an overdiagnosis of PTC. Objective To evaluate clinical behavior and outcomes of patients with PTCs ≤2 cm, seeking for possible prognostic factors. Methods Clinical records of cases with histological diagnosis of PTC ≤2 cm followed at the Endocrine Department of Instituto Português de Oncologia, Lisbon between 2002 and 2006 were analyzed retrospectively. Results We identified 255 PTCs, 111 were microcarcinomas. Most patients underwent near-total thyroidectomy, with lymph node dissections in 55 cases (21.6%). Radioiodine therapy was administered in 184 patients. At the last evaluation, 38 (14.9%) had evidence of disease. Two deaths were attributed to PTC. Median (±SD) follow-up was 74 (±23) months. Multivariate analysis identified vascular invasion, lymph node and systemic metastases significantly associated with recurrence/persistence of disease. In addition, lymph node involvement was significantly associated with extrathyroidal extension and angioinvasion. Median (±SD) disease-free survival (DFS) was estimated as 106 (±3) months and the 5-year DFS rate was 87.5%. Univariate Cox analysis identified some relevant parameters for DFS, but multivariate regression only identified lymph node and systemic metastases as significant independent factors. The median DFS estimated for lymph node and systemic metastases was 75 and 0 months, respectively. Conclusions In the setting of small PTCs, vascular invasion, extrathyroidal extension and lymph node and/or systemic metastases may confer worse prognosis, perhaps justifying more aggressive therapeutic and follow-up approaches in such cases. PMID:25759803

  6. HPV prevalence in vulvar cancer in Austria.

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    Pils, Sophie; Gensthaler, Lisa; Alemany, Laia; Horvat, Reinhard; de Sanjosé, Silvia; Joura, Elmar A

    2017-09-07

    Even if vulvar cancer is not common, over one hundred women are affected in Austria per year. There is strong evidence that basaloid and warty variants are associated with types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The aim of this study is to analyze the types of HPV in vulvar cancer in Austria. This cross-sectional period-prevalence international collaborative study on archival specimens was performed in cooperation with the Institut Catalan di Oncologia in Barcelona, Spain. A total of 177 consecutive samples of Austrian women were analyzed to detect the presence of various HPV types using the SPF10 PCR/DEIA/LiPA25 system. Furthermore, the expression of the tumor suppressor protein p16(INK4a) was analyzed by immunohistochemistry (CINtec histology kit, ROCHE). A tumor was considered HPV-driven if an overexpression of p16(INK4a) was detected. In all, 41 cases of vulvar cancer tested positive for HPV DNA (23%) and 32 (18%) were p16 positive. Patients with warty and basaloid squamous cell cancer were significantly younger than those with keratinizing squamous cell cancer (63.3 years vs. 71.0 years, p = 0.021). In addition, 77.4% of all cases suffering from warty or basaloid squamous cell cancer tested positive for HPV, compared to 9.5% of the keratinizing squamous cell cancer cases (p < 0.001). The most commonly detected HPV strain was type 16, followed by 31 and 33. Infection with HPV type 16 appears to be strongly correlated to the development of warty or basaloid squamous cell cancer. Vaccination against HPV can be expected to prevent this type of vulvar cancer.

  7. Profile of thrombin generation in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated by Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (BFM) protocols.

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    Lejhancova-Tousovska, Katerina; Zapletal, Ondrej; Vytiskova, Sona; Strbackova, Petra; Sterba, Jaroslav

    2012-03-01

    Treatment with L-asparaginase is associated with coagulation disturbances with deep venous thrombosis being the most common clinical consequence. Use of the calibrated automated thrombogram allows precise estimation of thrombin generated in vitro. We show the first data on thrombin generation, measured by calibrated automated thrombography (CAT), in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with L-asparaginase. Thrombin generation was measured by means of CAT in 23 children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Samples were obtained at predefined time points during the induction and reinduction phase of acute lymphoblastic leukemia-intercontinental Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster (BFM) 2000 or Associazione Italiana Ematologica Oncologia Pedaitrica Interim BFM 2000 protocols. Antihrombin and fibrinogen were measured on the same sample. Twenty-eight sets of thrombin generation measurements were collected from 23 patients. We observed no significant effect of antithrombin deficiency and/or hypofibrinogenemia on thrombin generation. Endogenous thrombin generation and peak thrombin were significantly higher during induction than in the reinduction phase (P < 0.001). Four patients with severe infection experienced an increase in thrombin generation, reaching maximum in a median of 7.5 days after the onset of infection. Two of those patients developed deep venous thrombosis at the time of peaked endogenous thrombin generation. Thrombin generation in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated according to BFM protocols is significantly higher during the induction phase compared with reinduction and is not substantially affected by hypofibrinogenemia and/or antithrombin deficiency. Severe infection during the induction phase enhances thrombin generation with subsequent risk of thrombosis.

  8. Diffuse malignant biphasic peritoneal mesothelioma with cystic areas.

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    Cabibi, Daniela; Tutino, Roberta; Salamone, Giuseppe; Cocorullo, Gianfranco; Agrusa, Antonino; Gulotta, Gaspare

    2016-06-20

    età avanzata è stato riferito al servizio di oncologia per il prosieguo delle cure. E’ stato sottoposto a chemioterapia con Pemetrexed e Cisplatino e dopo sei mesi presenta soddisfacenti condizioni cliniche generali e la TC di controllo non ha mostrato progressione di malattia.

  9. CYR61 and TAZ Upregulation and Focal Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition May Be Early Predictors of Barrett’s Esophagus Malignant Progression

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    Mesquita, Marta; Dias Pereira, António; Bettencourt-Dias, Mónica; Chaves, Paula; Pereira-Leal, José B.

    2016-01-01

    Barrett’s esophagus is the major risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma. It has a low but non-neglectable risk, high surveillance costs and no reliable risk stratification markers. We sought to identify early biomarkers, predictive of Barrett’s malignant progression, using a meta-analysis approach on gene expression data. This in silico strategy was followed by experimental validation in a cohort of patients with extended follow up from the Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa de Francisco Gentil EPE (Portugal). Bioinformatics and systems biology approaches singled out two candidate predictive markers for Barrett’s progression, CYR61 and TAZ. Although previously implicated in other malignancies and in epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition phenotypes, our experimental validation shows for the first time that CYR61 and TAZ have the potential to be predictive biomarkers for cancer progression. Experimental validation by reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry confirmed the up-regulation of both genes in Barrett’s samples associated with high-grade dysplasia/adenocarcinoma. In our cohort CYR61 and TAZ up-regulation ranged from one to ten years prior to progression to adenocarcinoma in Barrett’s esophagus index samples. Finally, we found that CYR61 and TAZ over-expression is correlated with early focal signs of epithelial to mesenchymal transition. Our results highlight both CYR61 and TAZ genes as potential predictive biomarkers for stratification of the risk for development of adenocarcinoma and suggest a potential mechanistic route for Barrett’s esophagus neoplastic progression. PMID:27583562

  10. Phase II multi-institutional clinical trial on a new mixed beam RT scheme of IMRT on pelvis combined with a carbon ion boost for high-risk prostate cancer patients.

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    Marvaso, Giulia; Jereczek-Fossa, Barbara A; Vischioni, Barbara; Ciardo, Delia; Giandini, Tommaso; Hasegawa, Azusa; Cattani, Federica; Carrara, Mauro; Ciocca, Mario; Bedini, Nice; Villa, Sergio; Morlino, Sara; Russo, Stefania; Zerini, Dario; Colangione, Sarah Pia; Panaino, Costanza Maria Vittoria; Fodor, Cristiana; Santoro, Luigi; Pignoli, Emanuele; Valvo, Francesca; Valdagni, Riccardo; De Cobelli, Ottavio; Orecchia, Roberto

    2017-05-12

    Definition of the optimal treatment schedule for high-risk prostate cancer is under debate. A combination of photon intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) on pelvis with a carbon ion boost might be the optimal treatment scheme to escalate the dose on prostate and deliver curative dose with respect to normal tissue and quality of dose distributions. In fact, carbon ion beams offer the advantage to deliver hypofractionated radiotherapy (RT) using a significantly smaller number of fractions compared to conventional RT without increasing risks of late effects. This study is a prospective phase II clinical trial exploring safety and feasibility of a mixed beam scheme of carbon ion prostate boost followed by photon IMRT on pelvis. The study is designed to enroll 65 patients with localized high-risk prostate cancer at 3 different oncologic hospitals: Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, and Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica. The primary endpoint is the evaluation of safety and feasibility with acute toxicity scored up to 1 month after the end of RT. Secondary endpoints are treatment early (3 months after the end of RT) and long-term tolerability, quality of life, and efficacy. The study is not yet recruiting; in silico studies are ongoing and we expect to start recruitment by 2017. The present clinical trial aims at improving the current treatment for high-risk prostate cancer, evaluating safety and feasibility of a new RT mixed-beam scheme including photons and carbon ions. Encouraging results are coming from carbon ion facilities worldwide on the treatment of different tumors including prostate cancers. Carbon ions combine physical properties allowing for high dose conformity and advantageous radiobiological characteristics. The proposed mixed beam treatment has the advantage to combine a photon high conformity standard of care IMRT phase with a hypofractionated carbon ion RT boost delivered in a short overall

  11. Impact of nutrition since early life on cardiovascular prevention

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    2012-01-01

    The cardiovascular disease represents the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Western countries and it is related to the atherosclerotic process. Cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as dyslipidemia, hypertension, insulin resistance, obesity, accelerate the atherosclerotic process which begins in childhood and progresses throughout the life span. The cardiovascular disease risk factor detection and management through prevention delays the atherosclerotic progression towards clinical cardiovascular disease. Dietary habits, from prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, complementary feeding to childhood and adolescence nutrition play a basic role for this topic. The metabolic and neuroendocrine environment of the fetus is fundamental in the body’s “metabolic programming”. Further several studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of breastfeeding on cardiovascular risk factors reduction. Moreover the introduction of complementary foods represents another important step, with particular regard to protein intake. An adequate distribution between macronutrients (lipids, proteins and carbohydrates) is required for correct growth development from infancy throughout adolescence and for prevention of several cardiovascular disease risk determinants in adulthood. The purpose of this review is to examine the impact of nutrition since early life on disease. La malattia cardiovascolare rappresenta la principale causa di morbilità e mortalità dei paesi occidentali ed è correlata a degenerazione vascolare aterosclerotica. I fattori di rischio cardiovascolari quali dislipidemia, ipertensione, insulino resistenza e obesità accelerano tale processo il cui esordio è noto sin dell’età pediatrica ed evolve nel corso della vita. L’individuazione e la cura dei fattori di rischio cardiovascolari mediante la prevenzione dei fattori causali ritardano la progressione dell’aterosclerosi e l’insorgenza dei sintomi cardiovascolari. La nutrizione svolge un ruolo

  12. Pediatric allergy and immunology in Italy.

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    Tozzi, Alberto E; Armenio, Lucio; Bernardini, Roberto; Boner, Attilio; Calvani, Mauro; Cardinale, Fabio; Cavagni, Giovanni; Dondi, Arianna; Duse, Marzia; Fiocchi, Alessandro; Marseglia, Gian L; del Giudice, Michele Miraglia; Muraro, Antonella; Pajno, Giovanni B; Paravati, Francesco; Peroni, Diego; Tripodi, Salvatore; Ugazio, Alberto G; Indinnimeo, Luciana

    2011-05-01

    In Italy, according to the International Study on Asthma and Allergies in Childhood study, the prevalence of current asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and atopic eczema in 2006 was 7.9%, 6.5%, and 10.1% among children aged 6-7 and 8.4%, 15.5%, and 7.75% among children aged 13-14 yr. University education in this field is provided by the Postgraduate Schools of Pediatrics and those of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, as well as several annual Master courses. The Italian Society of Pediatric Allergology and Immunology (SIAIP) was founded in 1996 and counts about 1000 members. SIAIP promotes evidence-based management of allergic children and disseminates information to patients and their families through a quite innovative website and the National Journal 'Rivista Italiana di Allergologia Pediatrica'. In the last decade, four major regional, inter-regional, and national web-based networks have been created to link pediatric allergy centers and to share their clinical protocols and epidemiologic data. In addition, National Registers of Primary Immune-deficiencies and on Pediatric HIV link all clinical excellence centers. Research projects in the field of pediatric allergy and immunology are founded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and by the National Research Council (CNR), but the overall investments in this research area are quite low. Only a handful Italian excellence centers participate in European Projects on Pediatric Allergy and Immunology within the 7th Framework Program. The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology currently hosts two Italians in its Executive Committee (EC) and one in the EC of the Pediatric Section; moreover, major European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology meetings and courses in the area of pediatrics (e.g., PAAM, Venice, 2009) have been held in Italy in the last 3 yr. Italian hallmarks in the management of allergic diseases in childhood are a quite alive and spread interest in

  13. [Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Autoimmunity: Is There a Relationship?].

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    Jerónimo, Mónica; Silva, Sónia; Benedito, Manuela; Brito, Manuel João

    2015-01-01

    Introdução: A relação entre linfomas e doenças autoimunes é descrita na literatura como bidirecional, existindo poucos dados em idade pediátrica. Este trabalho tem como objetivo avaliar a prevalência de doenças autoimunes em crianças e adolescentes com linfoma de Hodgkin seguidos num Serviço de Oncologia Pediátrica. Material e Métodos: Ao rever a casuística do Serviço de linfomas de Hodgkin nos últimos 16 anos (dados colhidos prospetivamente), constatou-se uma incidência aparentemente elevada de doenças autoimunes nas raparigas pelo que se realizou um estudo retrospetivo, com atualização do seguimento fora de tratamento, relativamente à existência de doenças autoimunes. Avaliaram-se: idade, sexo, tipo de doença autoimune, relação temporal com o linfoma, estádio e grupo histológico do linfoma e terapêutica efetuada. Resultados: Incluíram-se 52 casos de linfoma de Hodgkin, dos quais sete (13,5%), todos do sexo feminino, tiveram uma doença autoimune diagnosticada previamente, em simult'neo ou posteriormente ao linfoma. As doenças autoimunes encontradas foram: artrite idiopática juvenil, doença inflamatória intestinal, doença de Behçet, hepatite autoimune, lúpus eritematoso sistémico, tiroidite de Hashimoto e púrpura trombocitopénica idiopática. Em quatro doentes o diagnóstico foi posterior ao linfoma, em dois, prévio, e num simult'neo. Todos os casos, exceto o diagnóstico simult'neo, estão fora de tratamento e sem recidiva da doença oncológica. Não se verificaram óbitos. Discussão: Verificou-se uma importante prevalência de doenças autoimunes nas raparigas com linfoma de Hodgkin. Apresentamos os dados e discutimos possíveis causas desta relação com base numa revisão bibliográfica. Conclusões: Esta associação deve ser evocada, sendo necessário mais estudos, sobretudo em idade pediátrica.

  14. [Primary and secondary outcomes in oncology clinical trials: definitions and uses].

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    Vaz-Carneiro, António; Luz, Ricardo; Borges, Margarida; Costa, João

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A prova de eficácia de uma intervenção terapêutica em oncologia consegue-se através de ensaios clínicos rigorosamente conduzidos. Um dos factores metodológicos mais importantes é a selecção de indicadores clínicos de eficácia (outcomes), necessários ao cálculo das chamadas medidas de associação que permitem a definição de eficácia terapêutica. Material e Métodos: Foi feita uma revisão narrativa baseada em alguns dos documentos de agências reguladoras internacionais, assim como documentos de consenso entre as sociedades científicas oncológicas, procurando listar e avaliar criticamente cada um dos indicadores utilizados em ensaios clínicos oncológicos. Resultados: Identificaram-se como indicadores mais importantes a sobrevivência global, a sobrevivência livre de progressão/sobrevivência livre de doença, a toxicidade/qualidade de vida e taxa objectiva de resposta tumoral. Discussão: A selecção do outcome primário deve basear-se no conceito de eficácia terapêutica, mas também na toxicidade relativa da terapêutica experimental, na sobrevivência esperada após progressão da doença, na existência de fármacos alternativos já estudados com indicações idênticas e até a prevalência da patologia em causa. Conclusão: A selecção de indicadores em ensaios clínicos oncológicos reveste-se de especial importância e a sua selecção deve ser bem fundamentada, dependendo da doença, dos doentes e do fármaco em estudo.

  15. Adjuvant chemotherapy after potentially curative resection of metastases from colorectal cancer: a pooled analysis of two randomized trials.

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    Mitry, Emmanuel; Fields, Anthony L A; Bleiberg, Harry; Labianca, Roberto; Portier, Guillaume; Tu, Dongsheng; Nitti, Donato; Torri, Valter; Elias, Dominique; O'Callaghan, Chris; Langer, Bernard; Martignoni, Giancarlo; Bouché, Olivier; Lazorthes, Franck; Van Cutsem, Eric; Bedenne, Laurent; Moore, Malcolm J; Rougier, Philippe

    2008-10-20

    Adjuvant systemic chemotherapy administered after surgical resection of colorectal cancer metastases may reduce the risk of recurrence and improve survival, but its benefit has never been demonstrated. Two phase III trials (Fédération Francophone de Cancérologie Digestive [FFCD] Trial 9002 and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer/National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group/Gruppo Italiano di Valutazione Interventi in Oncologia [ENG] trial) used a similar design and showed a trend favoring adjuvant chemotherapy, but both had to close prematurely because of slow accrual, thus lacking the statistical power to demonstrate the predefined difference in survival. We report here a pooled analysis based on individual data from these two trials. After complete resection of colorectal liver or lung metastases, patients were randomly assigned to chemotherapy (CT arm; fluorouracil [FU] 400 mg/m(2) administered intravenously [IV] once daily plus dl-leucovorin 200 mg/m(2) [FFCD] x 5 days or FU 370 mg/m(2) plus l-leucovorin 100 mg/m(2) IV x 5 days [ENG] for six cycles at 28-day intervals) or to surgery alone (S arm). A total of 278 patients (CT, n = 138; S, n = 140) were included in the pooled analysis. Median progression-free survival was 27.9 months in the CT arm as compared with 18.8 months in the S arm (hazard ratio = 1.32; 95% CI, 1.00 to 1.76; P = .058). Median overall survival was 62.2 months in the CT arm compared with 47.3 months in the S arm (hazard ratio = 1.32; 95% CI, 0.95 to 1.82; P = .095). Adjuvant chemotherapy was independently associated with both progression-free survival and overall survival in multivariable analysis. This pooled analysis shows a marginal statistical significance in favor of adjuvant chemotherapy with an FU bolus-based regimen after complete resection of colorectal cancer metastases.

  16. Multifactorial analysis of survival and recurrences in differentiated thyroid cancer. Comparative evaluation of usefulness of AGES, MACIS, and risk group scores in Mexican population.

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    Rodríguez-Cuevas, S; Labastida-Almendaro, S; Cortés-Arroyo, H; López-Garza, J; Barroso-Bravo, S

    2002-03-01

    Many risk factors have been identified in differentiated thyroid cancer, with them, some prognostic scores have been designed to asign the risk of recurrence and survival. In Mexican population, this type of study is scarce. This is a retrospective review of 180 patients with differentiated thyroid cancer completely treated at the Hospital de Oncologia, IMSS, in Mexico City from 1980 to 1990. All prognostic factors were analyzed and a score obtained either by the method of AGES, MACIS, or SKMH. Correlation of recurrences and survival was carried out according to score or risk assignment. There was a predominance of females (4.8:1), 48% had metastatic cervical nodes, median tumor size was 4 cm, 16% had multiple macroscopic thyroid tumors, in 12% resection was incomplete, 96% were papillary, and 4% follicular cancers. According to AGES, 46% were high risk patients, 49.4% with MACIS and 45.5% with SKMH, respectively. Median follow-up was 8.3 years. There were 67 (37%) recurrences. Ten-year overall survival was 89.4% and disease-free survival was 79.2%. There was no statistical significant difference of survival of AGES until the score reached 6 or more or the MACIS score reached 8 or more. Cox multivariate model showed that above the age of 45, tumor size of 5 cm or more, follicular histology, multiple macroscopic thyroid tumors, and extracapsular node invasion affected ten-year survival. In conclusions our patients are diagnosed at more advanced stages than patients in the U.S. or European countries. Nearly one half of our patients belonged to the high-risk group. This study confirms that patients over the age of 45, tumor size > 5 cm, and follicular histology are adverse prognostic factors and report that extracapsular node invasion and multiple macroscopic thyroid tumors are also adverse prognostic factors. In Mexican population, with 50% of high-risk patients, AGES and MACIS scores reached statistical differences with higher qualifications than observed in the U.S.

  17. Communicating bad news: an integrative review of the nursing literature.

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    Fontes, Cassiana Mendes Bertoncello; Menezes, Daniele Vieira de; Borgato, Maria Helena; Luiz, Marcos Roberto

    2017-01-01

    describe how the process of breaking bad news is established and identify how nurses approach the task of giving bad news. integrative review of the literature for articles in Portuguese and English published between 1993-2014, in the databases: Bireme, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, CINAHL and Embase. Nine articles were included using the selection flow chart. A digital form was completed for each article according to the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research checklist and the level of scientific evidence was determined. Of the 99 articles in identified, nine were included after applying the selection flowchart. breaking bad news is frequent in the area of oncology and palliative care, with a strong cultural influence on the autonomy of nurses in this process. the approach and skills of the nurse during this task influences the patient's reaction to the message. The theme is scarce in the literature and merits further investigation. Descrever como se estabelece o processo de comunicação de más notícias e identificar como o enfermeiro pratica a comunicação de más notícias. Revisão integrativa da literatura com artigos em português e inglês referente ao período 1993-2014 nas bases de dados Bireme, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, CINAHL e Embase. Elegeram-se nove artigos pelo fluxograma de seleção. Para cada artigo foi preenchida uma ficha eletrônica, elaborado um checklist do Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research e verificado o nível de evidência científica. Foram identificados 99 artigos e incluídos nove pelo fluxograma de seleção. Transmitir más notícias é frequente nas áreas de oncologia e cuidados paliativos, com forte influência cultural na autonomia do enfermeiro nesse processo. O modo e a habilidade do enfermeiro durante a ação influenciarão a reação do paciente acerca da mensagem. O tema é escasso na literatura, necessitando ser explorado.

  18. How changes in nutrition have influenced the development of allergic diseases in childhood

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    2012-01-01

    The increasing prevalence of allergic diseases in childhood in the last decades could be linked to concomitant dietary changes, especially with the modified and lower consumption of fruit, vegetables and minerals. The consumption of these foods by pregnant women and children in the first years of life seems to be associated with a reduced risk of asthma and related symptoms. Foods that can prevent the development of wheezing through their antioxidant effects contain vitamin C and selenium; blood levels of these elements correlate negatively with the risk of wheezing. Intake of vitamin E during pregnancy also appears to be correlated with a reduced risk of wheezing for the unborn child. Similarly, low intake of zinc and carotenoids by pregnant women is associated with an increased risk of wheezing and asthma in childhood. Fiber also has anti-inflammatory properties and protective effects against allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis and asthma. The consumption of fat influences the development of the airways. Populations in Western countries have increased their consumption of n-6 PUFAs and, in parallel, reduced n-3 PUFAs. This has led to decreased production of PGE2, which is believed to have a protective effect against inflammation of the airways. Conflicting hypotheses also concern vitamin D; both an excess and a deficiency of vitamin D, in fact, have been associated with an increased risk of asthma. Further studies on the role of these substances are necessary before any conclusions can be drawn on a clinical level. Astratto La crescente prevalenza negli ultimi decenni delle malattie allergiche in età pediatrica potrebbe essere legata a concomitanti cambiamenti nella dieta, in particolare alla minore e modificata introduzione di frutta, verdura e minerali. Il consumo di questi alimenti da parte delle donne in gravidanza e dei bambini nei primi anni di vita sembra essere associato ad un ridotto rischio di asma e di sintomi correlati. Gli alimenti che

  19. MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY FOR GASTRIC CANCER: TIME TO CHANGE THE PARADIGM.

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    Barchi, Leandro Cardoso; Jacob, Carlos Eduardos; Bresciani, Cláudio José Caldas; Yagi, Osmar Kenji; Mucerino, Donato Roberto; Lopasso, Fábio Pinatel; Mester, Marcelo; Ribeiro-Júnior, Ulysses; Dias, André Roncon; Ramos, Marcus Fernando Kodama Pertille; Cecconello, Ivan; Zilberstein, Bruno

    2016-01-01

    Minimally invasive surgery widely used to treat benign disorders of the digestive system, has become the focus of intense study in recent years in the field of surgical oncology. Since then, the experience with this kind of approach has grown, aiming to provide the same oncological outcomes and survival to conventional surgery. Regarding gastric cancer, surgery is still considered the only curative treatment, considering the extent of resection and lymphadenectomy performed. Conventional surgery remains the main modality performed worldwide. Notwithstanding, the role of the minimally invasive access is yet to be clarified. To evaluate and summarize the current status of minimally invasive resection of gastric cancer. A literature review was performed using Medline/PubMed, Cochrane Library and SciELO with the following headings: gastric cancer, minimally invasive surgery, robotic gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastrectomy, stomach cancer. The language used for the research was English. 28 articles were considered, including randomized controlled trials, meta-analyzes, prospective and retrospective cohort studies. Minimally invasive gastrectomy may be considered as a technical option in the treatment of early gastric cancer. As for advanced cancer, recent studies have demonstrated the safety and feasibility of the laparoscopic approach. Robotic gastrectomy will probably improve outcomes obtained with laparoscopy. However, high cost is still a barrier to its use on a large scale. A cirurgia minimamente invasiva amplamente usada para tratar doenças benignas do aparelho digestivo, tornou-se o foco de intenso estudo nos últimos anos no campo da oncologia cirúrgica. Desde então, a experiência com este tipo de abordagem tem crescido, com o objetivo de fornecer os mesmos resultados oncológicos e sobrevivência à cirurgia convencional. Em relação ao câncer gástrico, o tratamento cirúrgico ainda é considerado o único tratamento curativo, considerando a extensão da

  20. [Hypofractionation in locally advanced breast cancer: "flash" scheme].

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    Padilha, Marisa; Gonçalves, Sara; Fardilha, Carlos; Melo, Gilberto; Miranda, Cristina; Alves, Paula

    2013-01-01

    Introdução: O carcinoma da mama é uma das principais causas de morte no nosso país. No Serviço de Radioterapia do Instituto Português de Oncologia de Coimbra de Coimbra utilizamos, desde há mais de 30 anos, um esquema de hipofraccionamento de radioterapia, denominado “Flash”, como opção terapêutica em doentes idosos ou com baixo Performance Status, portadores de carcinoma da mama localmente avançado ou com estádios IIb ou IV, com intenção neoadjuvante ou paliativa. Objectivos: Avaliar a resposta ao tratamento, nomeadamente sobrevivência global aos três anos, resposta local e toxicidades aguda e crónica, no grupo de doentes seleccionados submetidos a esquema de hipofraccionamento, em estudo retrospectivo. Metodologia: Entre Janeiro de 2006 e Dezembro de 2008, um total de 83 doentes com diagnóstico de Carcinoma da Mama Localmente Avançado ou com estádios IIb ou IV, foi submetido a “Flash” mamário. A dose de radioterapia prescrita foi de 13Gy / 2Fr / 3 dias (em 23 doentes - 27,7%) e 26Gy / 4Fr / 2,5 semanas (em 60 doentes - 72,3%), com fotões de 4 MV, sobre a mama afectada. Foi avaliada sobrevivência global segundo o método de Kaplan-Meier. A análise estatística foi efectuada através da aplicação SPSS, versão 17.0 e os testes estatísticos foram avaliados ao nível de significância de 5%. Resultados: 80 doentes (96,4%) que efectuaram “Flash” mamário eram do género feminino, com idades compreendidas entre os 59 e os 93 anos (idade média 80,72 + 5,87 anos) e Performance Status (Karnosfsky: 0 - 100) entre 90 e 50%. Em 72 doentes (86,7%) o diagnóstico histológico foi Carcinoma Ductal Invasivo. A cirurgia após a realização do “Flash” Mamário foi realizada em 44 doentes (53%) após evidência de resposta local à radioterapia, sendo a Mastectomia Radical Modificada a técnica cirúrgica mais frequente. Efectuou-se o diagnóstico de metastização óssea em 10 doentes (12%), sendo que a taxa de sobrevivência global foi

  1. [Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors with 177Lu-DOTA-TATE: Experience of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto].

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    Sampaio, Inês Lucena; Luiz, Henrique Vara; Violante, Liliana Sobral; Santos, Ana Paula; Antunes, Luís; Torres, Isabel; Sanches, Cristina; Azevedo, Isabel; Duarte, Hugo

    2016-11-01

    Introdução: O objetivo deste artigo é rever a experiência do Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto na terapêutica de tumores neuroendócrinos gastroenteropancreáticos com 177Lu-DOTA-TATE, tendo como principais pontos de análise a segurança e eficáciaterapêutica. Material e Métodos: Foi realizada uma análise retrospetiva dos processos clínicos de doentes com tumores neuroendócrinos gastroenteropancreáticos, submetidos a terapêutica com 177Lu-DOTA-TATE entre abril de 2011 e novembro de 2013. Resultados: Dos 36 casos revistos, 30 completaram os três ciclos de 177Lu-DOTA-TATE (83,3%). Nesses doentes foram registados: efeitos colaterais agudos em 8,9% dos ciclos; toxicidade hepática grau 3 CTCAE em 13,3% dos doentes (todos com alterações prévias da função hepática); ausência de toxicidade renal ou hematológica significativa; melhoria sintomática em 71,4% dos doentes; tempo mediano global desde o início da terapêutica até progressão de doença de 25,6 meses; tempo mediano global de sobrevivência desde o diagnóstico de 121,7 meses. Verificou-se um maior tempo livre de progressão de doença e de sobrevivência nos doentes com expressão elevada de recetores da somatostatina (p < 0,05). Discussão: A peptide receptor radionuclide therapy com 177Lu-DOTA-TATE apresenta respostas clínicas favoráveis com segurança e boa tolerabilidade terapêutica, conforme evidenciado no nosso estudo pelos seguintes achados: melhoria dos sintomas na maioria dos doentes e aumento significativo do tempo livre de progressão de doença e da sobrevivência (sobretudo nos doentes com expressão elevada de sstr), com efeitos colaterais agudos e subagudos/crónicos significativos numa minoria de doentes. Conclusão: A peptide receptor radionuclide therapy com 177Lu-DOTA-TATE é uma terapêutica promissora, com benefícios reais em termos de eficácia e segurança nos doentes com tumores neuroendócrinos gastroenteropancreáticos.

  2. Bundle Approach to Reduce Bloodstream Infections in Neutropenic Hematologic Patients with a Long-Term Central Venous Catheter.

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    Martinez, Jose Manuel; Leite, Luís; França, Daniela; Capela, Rita; Viterbo, Luísa; Varajão, Natalina; Martins, Ângelo; Oliveira, Isabel; Domingues, Nélson; Moreira, Ilídia; Santo, Ana; Trigo, Filipe; Mariz, Jose

    2015-01-01

    Introdução: O objetivo deste estudo foi reduzir através de um pacote de medidas as infeções sistémicas e as taxas de infeções com origem no cateter venoso central nos doentes hematológicos em neutropenia com cateter venoso central de longa duração. Material e Métodos: Estudo prospetivo não randomizado realizado na unidade onco-hematológica do Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto no período compreendido entre 1 de agosto de 2010 até 31 de janeiro de 2012. Durante este período foi introduzido um pacote de medidas (grupo estudo) e comparados os resultados nos 6 meses anteriores à sua implementação (grupo de controlo). As medidas consistiram na utilização de conectores de pressão neutra em detrimento dos conectores de pressão positiva, na sua troca mais frequente e numa solução anti-séptica mais eficaz. Foram incluídos neste estudo 116 doentes hematológicos com cateter venoso central de longa duração inserido por um período superior a 72 h. Foram contabilizados 8 867 dias de cateter (6 756 dias de cateter venoso central no grupo estudo e 2 111 dias de cateter venoso central no grupo de controlo). Resultados: Obteve-se uma redução significativa nas taxas de infeções sistémicas e infeções com origem no cateter venoso central. As taxas de infeções sistémicas: [32,69 (grupo de controlo) vs. 9,43 (grupo estudo)], com uma redução de incidência de 71% [risco relativo 0,2886, CI 95% (0,1793 - 0,4647), p < 0,001] e taxas de infeções com origem no cateter venoso central: [17,53 (grupo de controlo) vs. 4,73 (grupo estudo)], com redução de incidência de 71% [risco relativo 0,2936, CI 95% (0,1793 - 0,5615), p < 0,014]. Não foi encontrada diferença significativa (p > 0,05) na contagem de neutrófilos à data da colheita das amostras de hemoculturas entre ambos os grupos: 69% (< 500 neutrófilos/mm3) [71% (grupo estudo) vs. 68% (grupo de controlo)]. Conclusões: A introdução deste pacote de medidas baseado nas variáveis do

  3. Thyroid carcinoma in children and young adults: retrospective review of 19 cases.

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    Saraiva, Joana; Ribeiro, Cristina; Melo, Miguel; Gomes, Leonor; Costa, Gracinda; Carrilho, Francisco

    2013-01-01

    Introdução: O carcinoma da tiróide é raro em crianças e em adultos jovens. A maior parte das orientações clínicas baseia-se em dados obtidos na população adulta. Persistem diversas controvérsias no que se refere à agressividade da apresentação clínica e da abordagem terapêutica.Objectivo: Avaliar todos os doentes com carcinoma da tiróide com menos de 20 anos no momento da apresentação, reflectindo a experiência da nossa unidade relativamente ao diagnóstico, tratamento e seguimento desta entidade.Material e Métodos: Trata-se de um estudo de revisão retrospectiva dos registos clínicos de todas as crianças e adultos jovens seguidos na Consulta de Oncologia do Serviço de Endocrinologia do Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra entre 1996 e 2012 .Resultados: Foram estudados 19 doentes, com uma média etária de 16 anos, sendo 13 do sexo feminino. Nenhum dos doentes fora previamente submetido a irradiação da região do pescoço. A queixa de apresentação era a presença de uma massa cervical palpável em 84,6% dos casos. Foi realizada citologia aspirativa em 15 doentes, que foi diagnóstica ou suspeita de neoplasia em 71,4% dos casos. A tiroidectomia total foi levada a cabo em 18 casos (94,7%). Em todos estes foi identificada a presença de um carcinoma papilar. A invasão vascular e multicêntrica ocorreu em 21,1% dos casos. A dimensão tumoral média foi de 2,5 cm. O envolvimento ganglionar cervical foi diagnosticado em 31,6% dos casos e a presença de metástases à distância foi identificada em 5,2% dos casos. Na maior parte dos doentes (18 em 19), o quadro foi classificado como doença em estadio I. Todos os doentes fizeram terapêutica supressora com tiroxina e 84,2% dos doentes foram submetidos a ablação pós-operatória com iodo radioactivo (dose média de 85,7mCi). Durante um seguimento médio de cerca de 6 anos, 16 doentes permaneceram em remissão.Conclusão: Na nossa série, as taxas de metastização ganglionar cervical

  4. Preoperative radio-chemotherapy (RT-CT) in rectal cancer. Prospective study with postoperative RT-CT control group.

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    Cambray i Amenós, M; Navarro García, M; Martí Ragué, J; Pareja Fernández, L; Pera Fábregas, J

    2007-03-01

    Between 1996 and 2000, the colorectal tumour committee of the Hospital Universitario de Bellvitge and the Institut Català d'Oncologia, Hospitalet, carried out a non-randomised prospective study of pre-op radio-chemotherapy (RT-CT) in locally advanced rectal tumours. We herein present the results. On the other hand, and at the same time, patients operated on for locally advanced rectal cancer were admitted and treated by RT-CT during the postoperative process, according to our standard protocol. Results for both series are compared. The preoperative RT-CT group included 94 patients. They received radiotherapy (RT), 45 Gy on posterior pelvis, and simultaneously, 5-fluorouracil (5FU) by continuous infusion (300 mg/m2/day, 5 days weekly during RT). Surgical intervention was scheduled 6-8 weeks after preoperative treatment; after surgery they received 5FU (425 mg/m2/day) and leucovorin (20 mg/m2/day) bolus, 5 days weekly; 4 cycles at four-week intervals. 237 patients who had been previously operated on and who had been staged as T3-T4 and/or N+, M0 were admitted to our centre during the same time period and received postoperative RT-CT. The preoperative treatment group showed a complete and global response rate to RT-CT in 17% and 68% of cases, respectively. Anal sphincter was preserved in 38.5% of patients exhibiting low rectal tumours (inferior limit of tumour at 6 cm or less from the anal margin). Overall and disease-free survival at 5 years was distinct, showing statistical significance, according to the response obtained through preop treatment; it was better in responsive patients (overall survival: 87% in complete remissions, 75% in partial remissions, 48% in stable disease, and mean survival was 0.84 years for patients who evolved, p<0.05; disease-free survival was: 93% in complete remission, 76% partial remission, 39% in stable disease, p=0.001). We did not see any difference with regard to overall survival, disease-free survival or local control at the time

  5. Predictors of hope among women with breast cancer during chemotherapy.

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    Balsanelli, Alessandra Cristina Sartore; Grossi, Sonia Aurora Alves

    2016-01-01

    significante (p = 0,012). A demora na realização do tratamento desde o início dos sintomas do câncer de mama, o Karnofsky Performance Status, a depressão, a autoestima e a dor foram caracterizadas como fatores associados à esperança pela análise univariada. Dentre as variáveis analisadas, a dor apresentou-se como o único fator preditor da esperança. A dor foi o fator preditor nesta amostra. A esperança aumentou durante o tratamento e revelou os fatores associados: Karnofsky Performance Status, demora no início do tratamento, depressão, autoestima e dor. Este estudo trouxe uma contribuição multidisciplinar, permitiu compreender os fatores que podem influenciar a esperança e apresentou subsídios à assistência de enfermagem. Os dados evidenciaram condições de melhora ou agravamento da esperança, o que requer atenção interdisciplinar em Oncologia.

  6. [Epidemiological and Demographic Characteristics of Patients with Head and Neck Tumours in the Northern Portugal: Impact on Survival].

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    Estêvão, Roberto; Santos, Tiago; Ferreira, Ana; Machado, Anabela; Fernandes, João; Monteiro, Eurico

    2016-10-01

    Introdução: Em Portugal não existem, ainda, estudos epidemiológicos e demográficos realizados em doentes portadores de tumores da cabeça e pescoço. Os objectivos desta análise são descrever os aspectos epidemiológicos e demográficos dos doentes portadores de tumores malignos da cabeça e do pescoço, referenciados ao serviço de Otorrinolaringologia de um centro oncológico do norte de Portugal e avaliar o impacto destas características na sobrevivência. Material e Métodos: Estudo retrospectivo descritivo, dos doentes referenciados entre janeiro de 2011 e dezembro de 2013 ao Serviço de Otorrinolaringologia do Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto. Foram incluídos 566 doentes. As variáveis analisadas foram a localização anatómica dos tumores, o estadiamento, o género e a idade dos doentes, o distrito de proveniência, os hábitos etílicos e tabágicos, o nível educacional, a profissão, o estado civil e a estrutura familiar.Resultados: Os 566 doentes estudados correspondem a 498 homens e 68 mulheres, com idade média de 58,1 ± 12,2 anos. A maioria (80,5%) foi referenciada com doença em estadio avançado (III e IV). Verificamos hábitos etílicos moderados a excessivos em 78% dos doentes e 69% eram fumadores. A grande maioria dos doentes (82,3%) tinha apenas o ensino básico. Os doentes com tumores da hipofaringe e com hábitos etílicos excessivos foram referenciados em estadios mais avançados e apresentaram pior sobrevivência (p < 0,001). Os doentes casados foram referenciados em estadios mais precoces (p = 0,020) e os doentes sem apoio familiar apresentaram pior sobrevivência (p = 0,030). Discussão: Os dados epidemiológicos encontrados estão de acordo com a literatura internacional. A elevada taxa de doentes referenciados em estádio avançado pode ser atribuída ao atraso na procura de cuidados médicos ou a factores inerentes ao sistema de referenciação. A vigilância e o suporte familiar têm um papel

  7. Rare extragonadal teratomas in children: complete tumor excision as a reliable and essential procedure for significant survival. Clinical experience and review of the literature.

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    Paradies, Guglielmo; Zullino, Francesca; Orofino, Antonio; Leggio, Samuele

    2014-01-01

    complications related to the mass eddect and by the need to define the histology of the whole mass rather than just small biopsy specimens, Some teratomatas can hide more or less extensive islands of immaturity signs of malignant transformation that are clinically evident. It should be remembered that high serum levels of alpha-fetoprotein and calcficationof the imaging study, that are usually pathognomonic elements for fiagnosis, nay be lacking in abdominal lesions. Moreover, some additional specific diagnostic problems can be faced by either the radiologist (differential diagnosis from acquired or congenital cystic lesions, identification of the primary site of origin in the liver kidney or retroperitoneal space). Or the histopathologist (exclusion of renal metastasis of a primary gonadal teratomas of a glomerular and tubular differentiation a Wilm's tumour). The prognosis is generally benign, although the AIEOP guideline pointed out that high levels of circulating markers, including AFP, in children affected by mature or immature teratomas, could indicate rhe presence of micro-foci of YST, marking them out as at high risk. The UKCCSG II and the SFOP indicates AFP values exceeding 10,000 ng/ml as the threshold identifying a group of patients with a severe prognosis. The treatment indicated is early, complete exeresis, followed by a careful, exstensive, microscopic examination, associated, if necessary, with adjuvant chemotherapy. Finally, to improve the prognosis, close, long-term clinical, laboratory and imaging surveillance is necessary, at shorter intervals during the first 5 years after the exeresis and annually thereafter.

  8. Geographical epidemiology of antibacterials in the preschool age

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    2012-01-01

    activities. Moreover, the competent authorities should increasing their efforts to limit unnecessary prescriptions and increase appropriateness of prescribing. Riassunto Introduzione Le mappe tematiche consentono una più rapida ed immediata lettura delle differenze geografiche nella distribuzione di dati riferiti ad un territorio specifico. Lo scopo dello studio è mostrare, per la prima volta, l’applicazione di alcuni strumenti statistici e cartografici, nell’analisi dell’uso dei farmaci nella popolazione pediatrica di una regione italiana e valutare le differenze intra-regionali. Metodi Per valutare il tipo di distribuzione geografica delle prescrizioni, sono stati calcolati i tassi di prevalenza standardizzati (punteggi-z) a livello di ASL, Distretti Sanitari e Comuni. Per valutare la correlazione con le ospedalizzazioni è stato usato il coefficiente di correlazione di Pearson; per valutare l’esistenza di autocorrelazione spaziale è stato usato l’indice I di Moran. Tramite l’uso della statistica G di Getis-Ord sono stati identificati cluster di aree ad alto e basso livello di prevalenza. Infine con un modello di regressione logistica è stata stimata la probabilità di ricevere almeno una prescrizione nel corso dell’anno per tutti i pazienti inclusi nello studio. Risultati Con l’uso delle mappe è possibile vedere che le prescrizioni non sono correlate con lo stato di salute della popolazione, ma sono correlate con l’attitudine prescrittiva del pediatra. Questo è confermato anche dal modello di regressione logistica costruito per stimare la probabilità di ricevere almeno una prescrizione considerando come variabili indipendenti l’età, il sesso, la prevalenza di ricoveri nel distretto di residenza, l’attitudine prescrittiva del pediatra, la classe di età del pediatra e la durata della convenzione del pediatra con l’Azienda Sanitaria Locale (ASL). Conclusioni Gli interventi primari per razionalizzare l’uso degli antibiotici in et

  9. [Secondary hypothyroidism after cervical irradiation: systematic evaluation of thyroid function in follow-up].

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    Gonçalves, Sara Monteiro; Ferreira, Brígida Costa; Guardado, Maria João; Marques, Rui; Serra, Tânia; Serra, Maria João; Roda, Domingos; Brandão, Joana; Melo, Gilberto; Lopes, Maria Carmo; Khouri, Leila

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A disfunção tiroideia constitui uma consequência, por vezes subestimada, da exposição à radiação. O mecanismo subjacente não está claramente esclarecido, mas terá uma origem multifatorial. Os fatores de risco específicos para o desenvolvimento de hipotiroidismo secundário à radioterapia permanecem indeterminados. A irradiação direta da glândula tiroideia pode resultar, com maior frequência, em hipotiroidismo. Este é uma condição irreversível, requerendo monitorização e tratamento permanente. Objetivos: Avaliar a incidência de hipotiroidismo nos doentes portadores de neoplasias da cabeça e pescoço submetidos a irradiação cervical, a título intensivo ou adjuvante, bem como determinar se é justificável a integração no protocolo de seguimento Institucional, de parâmetros laboratoriais (TSH, T3 Livre e T4 Livre) para avaliação da função tiroideia neste grupo de doentes e qual a sua periodicidade. Material e Métodos: Este é um estudo observacional, descritivo, retrospetivo, que engloba um grupo de 376 doentes portadores de neoplasias da cabeça e pescoço, submetidos a tratamento de radioterapia, a título adjuvante ou intensivo, entre os anos de 2007 e 2012, no Instituto Português de Oncologia de Coimbra Francisco Gentil E.P.E. Cumpriram todos os critérios de inclusão 145 doentes. Foram utilizadas escalas de avaliação padronizadas para a definição de hipotiroidismo – LENT-SOMA scales (Late Effects Normal Tissues Subjective Objective Management Analysis). Foi considerada como complicação o hipotiroidismo Grau 1 ou superior. Resultados: Procedeu-se à análise de um grupo de 145 doentes. A localização tumoral mais frequente foi a Laringe (26,9%). Trinta e dois doentes efetuaram radioterapia adjuvante e 113 efetuaram esquemas intensivos. A técnica de radioterapia mais utilizada foi a intensidade modulada (IMRT), efetuada em 86,2% doentes. A taxa de incidência global de hipotiroidismo aos 12 meses foi de

  10. Intervening factors for the initiation of treatment of patients with stomach and colorectal cancer.

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    Valle, Thaína Dalla; Turrini, Ruth Natalia Teresa; Poveda, Vanessa de Brito

    2017-05-15

    to identify the time between symptoms, the request for care and the beginning of treatment in patients with stomach and colorectal cancer as well as the factors that interfere in these processes. correlational descriptive study, including 101 patients diagnosed with stomach or colorectal cancer, treated in a hospital specialized in oncology. the 101 patients investigated there was predominance of males, mean age of 61.7 years. The search for medical care occurred within 30 days after the onset of symptoms, in most cases. The mean total time between the onset of symptoms and the beginning of treatment ranged from 15 to 16 months, and the mean time between the search for medical care and the diagnosis was 4.78 months. The family history of cancer (p=0.008) and the implementation of preventive follow-up (p<0.001) were associated with shorter periods between the search for care and the beginning of treatment. Nausea, vomiting, hematochezia, weight loss and pain were associated with faster demand for care. the longer interval between the search for medical care and the diagnosis was possibly due to the non-association between the presented symptoms and the disease. identificar o tempo entre os sintomas, a busca por assistência e o início do tratamento em pacientes com câncer de estômago e colorretal e os fatores que interferem nesses processos. estudo descritivo correlacional, incluindo 101 pacientes com diagnóstico de câncer de estômago ou colorretal, atendidos por um hospital especializado em oncologia. dos 101 pacientes investigados, houve predomínio do sexo masculino, média de idade de 61,7 anos. A busca por assistência médica ocorreu em até 30 dias após o início dos sintomas, na maioria dos casos. O tempo médio total entre o aparecimento dos sintomas e o início do tratamento foi de 15,16 meses, sendo que, o tempo médio entre a busca por assistência médica e o diagnóstico foi de 4,78 meses. O histórico familiar de câncer (p=0,008) e a realiza