David S. Fischer

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PURPOSE Reports of the tragic consequences of erroneous cancer chemotherapy overdoses at a prominent cancer center and a university hospital prompted a review of our institution's practices and those of 123 other hospitals to ascertain for each the current in-house process to prevent chemotherapy errors. METHODS A multidisciplinary committee of(More)
A prospective randomized trial of low versus high doses of human leukocyte alpha-interferon (1 X 10(6) units/day for 28 days versus 10 X 10(6) units/day for 28 days) was carried out in 30 patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, to test the tolerance and relative antitumor effects of these interferon doses. Both doses were tolerated well, and(More)
From January, 1953 through December, 1977, 910 previously untreated patients with invasive carcinoma of the uterine cervix (Stages IB-IVB) were seen at Yale-New Haven Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. An extensive retrospective analysis was undertaken in an attempt to identify prognostically significant pretreatment factors. The patients studied were(More)
The incidence and sites of metachronous malignancies were retrospectively determined from the records of 763 patients seen at Yale University medical Center and affiliated hospitals with previously untreated, invasive carcinoma of the uterine cervix from 1953-1972. These patients were treated predominantly with radiation therapy; follow-up status was known(More)
High-dose pulse chlorambucil was given orally at a dose of 16 mg/m2 daily for 5 consecutive days each month, as reported by Cadman et al. It was used to treat 33 patients with advanced, low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. With median follow-up of 4.2+ years, 70% of the patients achieved objective response. Eleven of 24 patients with follicular small cleaved(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study of sentinel lymph node biopsies (SLN) was threefold: to compare the reliability of lymphazurin blue dye to radioactive technetium 99m sulfur colloid (TC); to evaluate the reliability of frozen section examinations of sentinel lymph nodes; and to determine how much SLN dissections prolonged operative time. STUDY DESIGN(More)
From 1969 to 1982, 183 patients with previously untreated stages IIIB and IV Hodgkin's disease and relapsing Hodgkin's disease after radiation therapy were treated with combination chemotherapy plus low-dose irradiation (CRT). One hundred fifty patients who achieved a complete response (CR) were analyzed for risk of developing a second neoplasm. Median(More)