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Articles by M. L Friedlander
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  S. B Park , C. S. Y Lin , A. V Krishnan , D Goldstein , M. L Friedlander and M. C. Kiernan

Administration of oxaliplatin, a platinum-based chemotherapy used extensively in the treatment of colorectal cancer, is complicated by prominent dose-limiting neurotoxicity. Acute neurotoxicity develops following oxaliplatin infusion and resolves within days, while chronic neuropathy develops progressively with higher cumulative doses. To investigate the pathophysiology of oxaliplatin-induced neurotoxicity and neuropathy, clinical grading scales, nerve conduction studies and a total of 905 axonal excitability studies were undertaken in a cohort of 58 consecutive oxaliplatin-treated patients. Acutely following individual oxaliplatin infusions, significant changes were evident in both sensory and motor axons in recovery cycle parameters (P < 0.05), consistent with the development of a functional channelopathy of axonal sodium channels. Longitudinally across treatment (cumulative oxaliplatin dose 776 ± 46 mg/m2), progressive abnormalities developed in sensory axons (refractoriness P ≤ 0.001; superexcitability P < 0.001; hyperpolarizing threshold electrotonus 90–100 ms P ≤ 0.001), while motor axonal excitability remained unchanged (P > 0.05), consistent with the purely sensory symptoms of chronic oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy. Sensory abnormalities occurred prior to significant reduction in compound sensory amplitude and the development of neuropathy (P < 0.01). Sensory excitability abnormalities that developed during early treatment cycles (cumulative dose 294 ± 16 mg/m2 oxaliplatin; P < 0.05) were able to predict final clinical outcome on an individual patient basis in 80% of patients. As such, sensory axonal excitability techniques may provide a means to identify pre-clinical oxaliplatin-induced nerve dysfunction prior to the onset of chronic neuropathy. Furthermore, patients with severe neurotoxicity at treatment completion demonstrated greater excitability changes (P < 0.05) than those left with mild or moderate neurotoxicity, suggesting that assessment of sensory excitability parameters may provide a sensitive biomarker of severity for oxaliplatin-induced neurotoxicity.

  K. A Phillips , R. L Milne , D. W West , P. J Goodwin , G. G Giles , E. T Chang , J. C Figueiredo , M. L Friedlander , T. H.M Keegan , G Glendon , C Apicella , F. P O`Malley , M. C Southey , I. L Andrulis , E. M John and J. L. Hopper

Studies have examined the prognostic relevance of reproductive factors before breast cancer diagnosis, but most have been small and their overall findings inconclusive. Associations between reproductive risk factors and all-cause mortality after breast cancer diagnosis were assessed with the use of a population-based cohort of 3,107 women of White European ancestry with invasive breast cancer (1,130 from Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; 1,441 from Ontario, Canada; and 536 from Northern California, United States). During follow-up with a median of 8.5 years, 567 deaths occurred. At recruitment, questionnaire data were collected on oral contraceptive use, number of full-term pregnancies, age at first full-term pregnancy, time from last full-term pregnancy to breast cancer diagnosis, breastfeeding, age at menarche, and menopause and menopausal status at breast cancer diagnosis. Hazard ratios for all-cause mortality were estimated with the use of Cox proportional hazards models with and without adjustment for age at diagnosis, study center, education, and body mass index. Compared with nulliparous women, those who had a child up to 2 years, or between 2 and 5 years, before their breast cancer diagnosis were more likely to die. The unadjusted hazard ratio estimates were 2.75 [95% confidence interval (95% CI), 1.98-3.83; P < 0.001] and 2.20 (95% CI, 1.65-2.94; P < 0.001), respectively, and the adjusted estimates were 2.25 (95% CI, 1.59-3.18; P < 0.001) and 1.82 (95% CI, 1.35-2.46; P < 0.001), respectively. When evaluating the prognosis of women recently diagnosed with breast cancer, the time since last full-term pregnancy should be routinely considered along with other established host and tumor prognostic factors, but consideration of other reproductive factors may not be warranted. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(6):1792–7)

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