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PURPOSE Long-term prostate cancer specific mortality after radical prostatectomy is poorly defined in the era of widespread screening. An understanding of the treated natural history of screen detected cancers and the pathological risk factors for prostate cancer specific mortality are needed for treatment decision making. MATERIALS AND METHODS Using Fine(More)
Ureteral stones disease is among the most painful and prevalent among urologic disorders that can substantially impact health-related quality of life (HRQoL), particularly in patients with a history of recurrent stones. The aim of the study is to assess the QoL in patients with ureteral calculi after surgical intervention and identifying the most(More)
BACKGROUND Positive surgical margins (PSMs) in radical prostatectomy (RP) specimens are a frequent indication for adjuvant radiotherapy and are used as a measure of surgical quality. However, the association between PSMs and prostate cancer-specific mortality (CSM) is poorly defined. OBJECTIVE Analyze the association of PSMs with CSM, adjusting for fixed(More)
PURPOSE Radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy are accepted treatments for localized prostate cancer. However, it is unknown if survival differences exist among treatments. We analyzed the survival of patients treated with these modalities according to contemporary standards. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 10,429 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND The natural history of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-defined biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate cancer (PCa) after definitive local therapy is highly variable. Validated prediction models for PCa-specific mortality (PCSM) in this population are needed for treatment decision-making and clinical trial design. OBJECTIVE To develop and(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a clonal disease of plasma cells that reside in the bone marrow (BM). MM is an incurable disease; thus, screening for novel anti-myeloma drugs remains critically important. We recently described a silica nanoparticle-based snake venom delivery model that targets cancer cells, but not normal cells. Using this model, we demonstrated a(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the tensile properties (break load and maximum average load), after in vivo implantation in a rat animal model, of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) and cadaveric fascia lata (CFL), as pubovaginal slings of these materials have become popular for treating stress urinary incontinence. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty Sprague-Dawley rats(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a clonal disease of plasma cells that remains incurable despite the advent of several novel therapeutics. In this study, we aimed to delineate the impact of snake venom extracted from Walterinnesia aegyptia (WEV) alone or in combination with silica nanoparticles (WEV+NP) on primary MM cells isolated from patients diagnosed with MM(More)
Epidemiological studies have shown that the offspring of mothers who experience diabetes mellitus during pregnancy are seven times more likely to develop health complications than the offspring of mothers who do not suffer from diabetes during pregnancy. The present study was designed to investigate whether supplementation of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced(More)