Bob Phillips

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INTRODUCTION Febrile neutropaenia is a frequently occurring and occasionally life-threatening complication of treatment for childhood cancer, yet many children are aggressively over-treated. We aimed to undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis to summarise evidence on the discriminatory ability and predictive accuracy of clinical decision rules (CDR)(More)
OBJECTIVE Chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairments are reported by many cancer survivors. Research to date has not provided a clear description of their nature, extent, mechanisms, and duration. To investigate the impairments and factors that could influence their identification and severity, the present meta-analysis brings together research on this(More)
Understanding diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) data, especially meta-analysis of this information, can be challenging for researchers and clinicians. The use of plots of receiver-operator curve (ROC) space showing individual studies and summary estimates of diagnostic accuracy has become common but can be difficult to interpret. The assessment of(More)
PURPOSE Cerebellar mutism is a serious neurosurgical complication after posterior fossa surgery, but the cause, incidence and outcome remain incompletely defined. The aim of this paper was to identify and review all reports of this phenomenon to better delineate and improve the evidence base. METHODS A systematic search and retrieval of databases was(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of the study is to conduct a systematic review to compare the effects of high-dose chemotherapy (HDCT) with autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) versus standard-dose chemotherapy (SDCT) in children with malignant central nervous system (CNS) tumours. METHODS Standard systematic review methods aimed at(More)
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