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OBJECT The authors report data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and patterns of failure obtained in a Phase I/II study of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for spinal metastatic tumors. METHODS Sixty-three cancer patients underwent near-simultaneous computed tomography-guided SBRT. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging was conducted at baseline and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the influence of histopathological diagnosis on the outcome of "radioresistant" brain metastases treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). METHODS Patients (n = 189) with "radioresistant" brain metastases (n = 264) were consecutively treated with SRS between August 1991 and July 2002. The primary site of brain metastases was(More)
PURPOSE YKL-40 is a secreted protein that has been reported to be overexpressed in epithelial cancers and gliomas, although its function is unknown. Previous data in a smaller sample set suggested that YKL-40 was a marker associated with a poorer clinical outcome and a genetically defined subgroup of glioblastoma. Here we test these findings in a larger(More)
OBJECT Brain metastases present a therapeutic challenge because patients with metastatic cancers live longer now than in the recent past due to systemic therapies that, while effective, may not penetrate the blood-brain barrier. In the present study the authors sought to validate the Diagnosis-Specific Graded Prognostic Assessment (DS-GPA), a new prognostic(More)
BACKGROUND Intracranial hemangiopericytoma (HPC) is a rare malignancy for which treatment recommendations vary. OBJECTIVE We sought to characterize outcomes of HPC patients treated with postoperative external beam radiotherapy (PORT). METHODS A retrospective analysis was conducted using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of(More)
Atypical choroid plexus papilloma (APP) represents a novel intermediate-grade subtype of choroid plexus tumor (CPT), the clinical outcome of which has not been described yet. We present the first analysis of a group of APP patients enrolled in the ongoing CPT-SIOP-2000 study of CPTs. A worldwide registration and a randomized trial for those patients who(More)
External beam radiation therapy (XRT) with concomitant temozolomide and 6 cycles of adjuvant temozolomide (5/28-day schedule) improves survival in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma compared with XRT alone. Studies suggest that dose-dense temozolomide schedules and addition of cytostatic agents may further improve efficacy. This factorial design(More)
Observation following gross-total resection (GTR) for non-anaplastic supratentorial ependymomas is often advocated based on small, retrospective series. The purpose of this study is to perform a population-based analysis to examine outcomes for this rare cohort of low-risk patients. A retrospective analysis was conducted utilizing the Surveillance,(More)
This study was undertaken to determine the disease outcomes in patients treated with surgery alone or surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) for myxopapillary ependymoma (MPE) of the spine. The medical records of 35 patients with MPE treated at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center between December 1968 and July 2002 were reviewed. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Whether to administer or omit adjuvant whole-brain radiation therapy in conjunction with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) in the initial management of patients with one to three newly diagnosed brain metastases is the subject of debate. This report provides data from a pilot study in which neurocognitive function (NCF) was prospectively measured(More)