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  1. Cheong SK, Chong SM
    Med. J. Malaysia, 1985 Mar;40(1):46-8.
    PMID: 3868737
    A 26-year-old assistant nurse suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was successfully treated with combination chemotherapy. 15 months later, she relapsed with a lump in her right breast. The significance of this finding is discussed.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  2. Abdullah NA, Wang PN, Huang KG, Adlan AS, Casanova J
    Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol., 2013;34(2):183-5.
    PMID: 23781595
    A 21-year-old lady diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian yolk sac tumor (YST) underwent primary cytoreductive fertility sparing surgery, followed by conventional courses of platinum-based chemotherapy and etoposide. Recurrence at cul-da-sac was noted after a short period of remission and secondary debulking performed followed by four cycles of conventional chemotherapy. The patient's disease progressed despite courses of treatments. A joint team management including a hematologist was commenced following the failure of conventional chemotherapies. Two cycles of high-dose chemotherapy (HDCT) with ifosfamide/cisplatin/etoposide (ICE) regimen, followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) were given. With this salvage treatment, she remained in complete remission and disease-free for more than 30 months, while maintaining her reproductive function. These approaches appear to be effective as a salvage treatment in selected cases of patients with ovarian germ cell tumor, especially those who failed primary conventional chemotherapy.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  3. Montoya JE, Luna HG, Morelos AB, Catedral MM, Lava AL, Amparo JR, et al.
    Med. J. Malaysia, 2013 Apr;68(2):153-6.
    PMID: 23629563
    Fluorouracil, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide protocol (FAC) is a commonly used regimen for breast cancer due to its proven efficacy, acceptable toxicity, high affordability. While hepatic insufficiency dosing for doxorubicin and fluorouracil have been set, there is paucity of data in the literature on how to reduce doses in renal insufficiency. We sought to determine whether there is an association with pre-chemotherapy creatinine clearance, and the occurrence of clinically significant grade 3 to 5 neutropenia during the course of FAC chemotherapy.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  4. Taib F, Mohamad N, Mohamed Daud MA, Hassan A, Singh MS, Nasir A
    Urology, 2012 Oct;80(4):931-3.
    PMID: 22854139 DOI: 10.1016/j.urology.2012.05.021
    Fibrosarcoma is rare in the pediatric age group. It generally involves the extremities and the trunk but rarely involves the genital area. We report a case of a large fungating infantile fibrosarcoma of the penis in a 2-year-old Malay boy. Partial recovery of the penile structure was achieved after chemotherapy. The difficulty in managing the social and surgical aspect of this case is discussed in our report. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of infantile fibrosarcoma involving the penis in an Asian region.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  5. Tang YL, Raja Sabudin RZ, Leong CF, Ko CC, Chia WK, Salwati S, et al.
    Malays J Pathol, 2015 Dec;37(3):275-9.
    PMID: 26712675 MyJurnal
    A rare case of double Philadelphia chromosome-positive B Acute lymphoblastic Leukaemia (B-ALL) is reported here. A 60-year-old lady presented with one month history of fever, submandibular lymphadenopathy, loss of appetite and weight loss. Physical examination revealed multiple palpable cervical lymph nodes. Blood film showed leucocytosis with 72% blasts. Bone marrow assessment confirmed a diagnosis of B-ALL with presence of double Philadelphia (Ph) chromosomes. As she was very ill, she was initially treated with an attenuated regimen of induction chemotherapy consisting of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, vincristine and prednisolone (R-CVP) along with intrathecal chemotherapy comprising methotrexate, cytarabine and hydrocortisone. Bone marrow examination post-induction chemotherapy showed >5% blasts. She was subsequently re-induced with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone (R-CHOP) along with intrathecal chemotherapy, following which she went into complete remission. Consolidation chemotherapy consisting of methotrexate, methylprednisolone, cytarabine, intrathecal chemotherapy and imatinib was subsequently administered followed by maintenance chemotherapy consisting of vincristine, prednisolone and imatinib (IDEAMOP). She developed spontaneous bruises and relapsed four months into her maintenance chemotherapy with 90% blasts in the bone marrow which was treated with fludarabine, cytarabine and granulocyte colony stimulating factor (FLAG). Unfortunately she developed neutropenic sepsis which was complicated by invasive lung aspergillosis. Bone marrow examination post-FLAG showed 80% blasts. Despite aggressive antifungal therapy, her lung infection worsened and she finally succumbed to her illness 13 months after the initial diagnosis. We highlight a rare case of elderly B-ALL with double Ph chromosomes which carries a poor prognosis despite aggressive treatment for the disease and its complications.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  6. Fadilah SA
    Med. J. Malaysia, 2010 Sep;65(3):231-9.
    PMID: 21939177
    Progress in our understanding of multiple myeloma and its treatment has resulted in a more tailored approach to patient management, with different therapeutics regimens for different patient populations. The decision to initiate therapy depends primarily on the presence of symptoms which has to balance the chance of tumor clearance and against the risks of treatment related mortality. Selection of appropriate initial treatment should be based primarily on patient's characteristics (biologic age, co-morbidities), the disease characteristics (tumor burden and genetic risk profile) and the expected toxicity profile of the different regimens. When treatment begins, in younger transplant eligible patients the goal is to achieve high quality responses with intensive therapies as the quality of response appears to be important surrogates for long-term outcome. In the majority of myeloma patients in whom intensive treatment is not an option due to advanced age and co-morbidities, treatment should emphasize on optimal disease control to obtain symptomatic relief and to maintain a satisfactory quality of life. The introduction of novel agents has substantially changed the treatment paradigm of this otherwise incurable disease. The utilization of these drugs has moved from relapse setting to the front line setting and has benefited all patient groups. Because of these rapid developments and many treatment options we need good quality clinical studies to guide clinical practice in the management of patients with multiple myeloma. This review presents an update on current concepts of diagnosis and treatment of patients with multiple myeloma and provides recommendations on tailored therapies with particular reference to the local practice. The information presented herein may be used by the health care providers caring for myeloma patients as a guideline to counsel patients to understand their disease and the treatment better.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  7. Kuan JW, Pathmanathan R, Chang KM, Tan SM
    Leuk. Res., 2009 Nov;33(11):1574-7.
    PMID: 19215983 DOI: 10.1016/j.leukres.2009.01.016
    Granulocytic sarcoma (GS) can occur de novo or in association with intramedullary myeloid disorders. With the advent of sophisticated molecular detection techniques to detect diagnostic genes such as bcr-abl, PML-RARA and CBFB/MYH11 in bone marrow or peripheral blood, many cases of the so called 'primary' GS are questionable. We report a case of primary GS where the tumor mass bcr-abl translocation was demonstrated by fluorescent in situ hybridization in which there was no evidence of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). This is an important finding as it highlights the possibility that CML may present as a sole extramedullary form, and illustrates potential treatment by tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  8. Ariffin H, Lum SH, Cheok SA, Shekhar K, Ariffin WA, Chan LL, et al.
    J Paediatr Child Health, 2005 Mar;41(3):136-9.
    PMID: 15790325
    To study the clinical presentation, therapy and outcome of children diagnosed with both primary and secondary haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) at the University of Malaya Medical Centre.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  9. Khanijow VK, Prasad U, Chang CM
    Med. J. Malaysia, 1989 Dec;44(4):329-33.
    PMID: 2520043
    Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is one of the commonest presentation of head and neck cancers in Malaysia, especially in the Chinese. The standard treatment is radical radiotherapy to the post-nasal space and the neck. Chemotherapy is given to patients with primary advanced disease and to patients with recurrence. The study reviews results of chemotherapy given to 33 patients at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, over the last four years.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  10. Lin HP, Taib NM, Singh P, Sinniah D, Lam KL
    Aust Paediatr J, 1984 Mar;20(1):53-6.
    PMID: 6590027
    From 1967-82, 9 children with testicular relapse (TR) of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) were diagnosed out of 99 boys treated, an incidence of 9.1%. The median time from the onset of ALL until diagnosis was 28 months (range 3-41 months). All were asymptomatic; six were detected on routine examination while three were diagnosed only on biopsy. Routine biopsy prior to stopping chemotherapy is useful in detecting occult TR. Biopsies should be done on both the testes regardless of the clinical findings. The age, leucocyte count and hepatosplenomegaly at diagnosis of ALL were not found to be significant factors in influencing relapse. Eight children were in bone marrow remission at the time of TR, but three had preceding or concurrent meningeal leukaemia while in the other five the testis was the first and only site of relapse. Radiotherapy was effective in local disease control but failed to prevent bone marrow relapse in all except two patients despite continuation of chemotherapy. The median time from onset of TR until bone marrow relapse was 7 months (range 3-13 months) and the median time until death, was 11 months (range 6-18 months). The frequency of testicular relapse may be related to the intensity of either the initial induction therapy or the consolidation chemotherapy. Further studies are required to determine whether the incidence of testicular relapse will decline with more intensive early treatment.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  11. Lee SM
    Singapore Med J, 1990 Aug;31(4):317-20.
    PMID: 2175049
    Seventeen patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) were treated with cyclophosphamide, adriamycin and vincristine (CAV) combination chemotherapy. The overall response rate was 76.5% with 47% achieving complete response and 29.5% partial response. In limited and extensive stage disease, complete response was achieved in 67% and 36.5% respectively. Chinese were the predominant ethnic group affected (82%). Six patients presenting with superior vena cava obstruction responded significantly to CAV chemotherapy alone. Median survival for patients with extensive disease was 7.4 months. All patients with limited disease were still alive. Two relapsed patients with limited disease achieved significant response to VP-16/Cisplatin combination chemotherapy.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  12. Salem SN, Kanan MW, Lazarov B, Omar YT, Al-Awady H
    Postgrad Med J, 1972 May;48(559):314-7.
    PMID: 18557245
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  13. Razali RM, Bee PC, Gan GG
    Asian Pac. J. Cancer Prev., 2013;14(3):2029-32.
    PMID: 23679313
    BACKGROUND: The geriatric population in Malaysia is predicted to increase from 4% of the total population in 1998 to 9.8% by 2020, in parallel with developments in the socioeconomy. Cancer is expected to be a major medical issue among this population. However, the decision for treatment in Malaysia is always decided by the caregivers instead of the elderly patients themselves.

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the willingness to accept chemotherapy among elderly Malaysians.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, patients aged 60 and above from various clinics/wards were recruited. Those giving consent were interviewed using a questionnaire.

    RESULTS: A total of 75 patients were recruited, 35 patients (47%) with a history of cancer. The median age was 73 years old. There were 29 Chinese (38.7%), 22 Indian (29.3%), 20 Malay (26.7%) and four other ethnicity patients. Some 83% and 73% of patients willing to accept strong and mild chemotherapy, respectively. Patients with cancer were more willing to accept strong and mild chemotherapy compared to the non-cancer group (88.6% vs 62.5%, P=0.005, 94% vs 80%, P=0.068). On sub-analysis, 71.4% and 42.9% of Chinese patients without a history of cancer were not willing to receive strong and mild chemotherapy, respectively.

    CONCLUSIONS: The majority of elderly patients in UMMC were willing to receive chemotherapy if they had cancer. Experience with previous treatment had positive influence on the willingness to undergo chemotherapy.

    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  14. Rajagopal R, Ariffin H, Krishnan S, Abdullah WA, Lin HP
    J. Pediatr. Hematol. Oncol., 2015 Jul;37(5):391-5.
    PMID: 25929614 DOI: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000000344
    Review of the management of 6 young girls with vaginal yolk sac tumor over 25 years showed that the α-fetoprotein levels normalized in 5/6 within 4 cycles of primary cisplatin, bleomycin, etoposide (PEB)/carboplatin, etoposide, bleomycin (JEB)/cisplatin, vinblastine, bleomycin (PVB) chemotherapy. Radioimaging revealed residual tissue but viable tumor was found in only 1 of 2 biopsied. Resection/biopsy is necessary to avoid giving additional primary chemotherapy or to identify patients who need different treatment. If markers do not decay appropriately, PEB/JEB/PVB chemotherapy should not be continued. Taxol-containing salvage chemotherapy regimens, adjuvant modern radiotherapeutic treatment, and fertility-saving curative surgery should then be considered. Despite having mostly advanced disease, 5/6 patients were cured, 2 with chemotherapy alone.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  15. Jeremic B, Fidarova E, Sharma V, Faheem M, Ameira AA, Nasr Ben Ammar C, et al.
    Radiother Oncol, 2015 Jul;116(1):21-6.
    PMID: 26163093 DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2015.06.017
    To optimize palliation in incurable locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the International Atomic Energy Agency conducted a prospective randomized study (NCT00864331) comparing protracted palliative radiotherapy (RT) course with chemotherapy (CHT) followed by short-course palliative RT.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  16. Lei CP, Har YC, Abdullah KL
    Asian Pac. J. Cancer Prev., 2011;12(3):797-802.
    PMID: 21627386
    BACKGROUND: Cancer and chemotherapy are sources of anxiety and worry for cancer patients. Information provision is therefore very important to empower them to overcome and adjust to the stressful experience. Thus, nurses should be aware of the informational needs of the patients throughout the course of their care.
    PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to identify the important information required by breast cancer patients during the first and fourth cycles of chemotherapy from both the patients' and nurses' perceptions.
    METHODOLOGY: This is a longitudinal study used a questionnaire adapted from the Toronto Informational Needs Questionnaires-Breast Cancer (TINQ-BC). Some modifications were made to meet the specific objectives of the study. The study was conducted in the Chemotherapy Day Care at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Malaysia. A total of 169 breast cancer patients who met the inclusion criteria, and 39 nurses who were involved in their care were recruited into the study.
    RESULTS: The overall mean scores at first and fourth cycle of chemotherapy were 3.91 and 3.85 respectively: i.e., between 3 (or important) and 4 (or very important), which indicated a high level of informational needs. There was no significant difference in information needed by the breast cancer patients between the two cycles of chemotherapy (p=0.402). The most important information was from the subscale of disease, followed closely by treatment, physical care, investigative tests and psychosocial needs. Nurses had different views on the important information needed by breast cancer patients at both time points (p = 0.023).
    CONCLUSIONS: Breast cancer patients on chemotherapy have high levels of informational needs with no significant differences in information needed at first cycle as opposed to fourth cycle. There were differences between the perceptions of the breast cancer patients and the nurses on important information needed. A paradigm shift, with an emphasis on patients as the central focus, is needed to enhance the information giving sessions conducted by nurses based on the perceptions of the patients themselves.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  17. Phua CE, Tan BS, Yong TK, Govindasamy M
    Asian Pac. J. Cancer Prev., 2011;12(12):3197-200.
    PMID: 22471453
    BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is one of the commonest cancers encountered in Malaysia. This study aimed to evaluate the treatment outcomes for patients with NPC treated in Penang General Hospital with specific analysis of prognostic clinicopathological features and treatment modalities.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study examined NPC patients between 1st January 2001 and 31st December 2005 in Penang General Hospital. Survival analyses were performed using the Kaplan-Meier method and comparisons between groups were made using the log-rank test. Important prognostic factors including patient demographics, tumour and treatment factors were analysed using the Cox proportional hazard model.

    RESULTS: A total of 285 patients were identified with a median age of 51 years, 72.6% being males. The majority were Chinese (66%) followed by Malays (31.9%). Primary tumour stages (T stages) 3 and 4 were present in 18.6% and 34% of patients respectively, and nodal disease was present in 80.4%. On overall AJCC staging, 29.1% had stage III and 50.2% had stage IV disease. Some 39.6% of patients had WHO type 3 histology and 7.4% had WHO type 1-2 histology with the remainder having NPC with no subtype reported. Concurrent chemo-irradiation was the commonest treatment received by patients (51.9%) followed by radiotherapy alone (41.8%). The 5 year overall survival and cause specific survival were 33.3% and 42.7% respectively. Age group, T stage, N stage and WHO histological subtype were independent prognostic factors for overall survival on multivariate analysis. For cause specific survival they were T stage and N stage.

    CONCLUSION: The 5 years overall survival rate was 33.3%. This low figure is primarily due to late presentation. Efforts to detect NPC at earlier stages in Malaysia are urgently needed. These should include public education to increase awareness of the prevalence of this highly treatable disease.

    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  18. Nesaretnam K, Selvaduray KR, Abdul Razak G, Veerasenan SD, Gomez PA
    Breast Cancer Res., 2010;12(5):R81.
    PMID: 20929592 DOI: 10.1186/bcr2726
    Basic research has indicated that tocotrienols have potent antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects that would be expected to reduce the effect of breast cancer.

    Study site: Hospital Kuala Lumpur
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
  19. Zarina RS, Nik-Hussein NN
    J Clin Pediatr Dent, 2005;29(2):167-74.
    PMID: 15719924
    The treatment of haematological malignancy is multimodal and involves chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or bone marrow transplants. With the advancement in cancer therapy, there is an increase in the survival of many children with childhood haematological malignancy. In addition, the late effect of the oncology treatment to the orofacial and dental development becomes significant in terms of the potential clinical impact that may affect the quality of life of the survivor. The severity of the long-term effects is dependent on the age of the child at initiation of treatment and whether chemotherapy is combined with radiation or not. The dental treatment may become more complex if the patient requires advanced restorative dental care and the roots malformation may complicate orthodontic treatment. Therefore these patients may require a scheduled careful preventive programme, long-term follow up, with prophylactic treatment and intervention at appropriate time to minimize the consequences of the disease and the given therapy.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  20. Chan LL, Abdel-Latif ME, Ariffin WA, Ariffin H, Lin HP
    Br. J. Haematol., 2004 Sep;126(6):799-805.
    PMID: 15352983
    Treatment for childhood acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) consists of remission induction chemotherapy followed by postremission chemotherapy with or without bone marrow transplantation. The AML Berlin-Frankfurt-Munster (BFM)-83 protocol with induction-consolidation-maintenance chemotherapy for 2 years has been reported to result in a 6-year event-free survival (EFS) and event-free interval (EFI) of 49% and 61% respectively. A total of 174 Malaysian children were treated with this protocol between 1985 and 1999. The 5-year EFS and EFI was 30.7% and 48.0% respectively. The overall mortality from sepsis was 24%, which needs urgent address. The 5-year EFS for patients treated before 1993 and after 1993 was 18.6% and 41.3%, respectively (P = 0.04), while the EFI was 32% and 60.6% respectively (P = 0.034). The improvement seen after 1993 was related to a reduction in induction deaths for that period and probably reflected increased capability and familiarity to cope with the demands of the AML-BFM-83 protocol and accompanying complications in the treatment of AML.
    Matched MeSH terms: Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use*
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