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The role of environmental risk factors in clinical malaria has been studied mainly in Africa and Asia, few investigations have been carried out in Latin America. Field observations in northern coastal Peru, where the prevalence of malaria is high during the agricultural season, suggested that the risk of disease varied according to the characteristics of(More)
We conducted a series of studies on the northern Pacific coast of Peru to determine environmental risk factors for malaria. We report in this paper the results of both a descriptive study of incidence and a prevalence survey of malaria. Both studies showed that the area was at low risk for malaria. The malaria incidence rate was 40/1000 p.a. during the(More)
BACKGROUND The ESTRO Health Economics in Radiation Oncology (HERO) project has the overall aim to develop a knowledge base of the provision of radiotherapy in Europe and build a model for health economic evaluation of radiation treatments at the European level. The first milestone was to assess the availability of radiotherapy resources within Europe. This(More)
PURPOSE To assess the state of our specialty, the Spanish Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology ordered a survey of all Spanish services of radiation oncology. METHODS AND MATERIALS In June 1999, the Society ordered an analysis of the state of radiation oncology. It created a survey that was sent to all radiotherapy units in Spain. A database was created(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness of a single dose of radio therapy (8 Gy vs. 6 Gy) plus zoledronic acid in cancer patients with bone metastases in treating pain; quality of life, time to onset of skeletal events and functional status. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 139 patients from 22 Spanish hospitals were randomly assigned to: Group A,(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence of oral mucositis (OM) in patients receiving radiotherapy, describe the treatments used to manage pain in OM grades 3 and 4 and assess relief of pain and patient satisfaction. PATIENTS AND METHODS All patients older than 18 years consecutively attending a Radiation Oncology Department over 5 working days were included(More)
Perioperatory chemoradiotherapy (CRT) improves local control and survival in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). The objective of the current study was to evaluate the addition of bevacizumab (BEV) to preoperative capecitabine (CAP)-based CRT in LARC, and to explore biomarkers for downstaging. Patients (pts) were randomized to receive 5(More)
The White Book of Radiation Oncology provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of the speciality of radiation oncology in Spain and is intended to be used as a reference for physicians, health care administrators and hospital managers. The present paper summarises the most relevant aspects of the book's 13 chapters in order to bring the message(More)
AIM The purpose of the study was to describe infrastructures, treatment modalities, and workload in radiation oncology (RO) in Spain, referred particularly to prostate cancer (PC). METHODS An epidemiologic, cross-sectional study was performed during 2008-2009. A study-specific questionnaire was sent to the 108 RO-registered departments. RESULTS One(More)