Despina Spyropoulou

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OBJECTIVES Vulnerability assessment of geriatric patients with cancer may contribute to improved anti-cancer treatment with maximal results and minimal side effects. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the Vulnerable Elders Survey-13 (VES-13) score is associated with completion of radiotherapy among elderly patients with cancer. MATERIALS(More)
BACKGROUND The frequency and grade of pulmonary complications after radiotherapy for breast cancer are still debated. This study evaluated changes in pulmonary function tests (PFTs) after radiotherapy in women with breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty-five consecutive eligible women with breast cancer underwent pulmonary function testing before and(More)
Hypofractionated radiotherapy for prostate cancer has become of increasing interest with the recognition of a potential improvement in therapeutic outcome with treatments delivered in large-sized daily fractions. In addition, hypofractionation offers a reduction in fraction number and produces attractive cost and increased convenience for patients. There is(More)
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AIM To report a rare case of metastasis from an adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater to the parotid gland. PATIENTS AND METHODS In February 2004, a 61-year-old male underwent Whipple surgery due to a grade II adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater (stage IB:pT2N0M0). Post surgery, the patient did not receive any adjuvant treatment, but was followed up(More)
Mucosal melanomas of the head and neck are rare pathological entities that correlate with poor prognosis due to their high propensity for local failure and distant metastases. The exact role of radiation therapy in the management of mucosal melanoma patients has not yet been fully proven, even though in everyday clinical practice these patients are referred(More)
BACKGROUND The primary end point of our study was to test whether the concurrent use of a statin is related to a lower risk of recurrence and increased relapse-free survival in patients with early breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS We reviewed 610 female patients with stage I, II, or III breast cancer who had been surgically treated and who had(More)
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