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Fifty-five patients with superior sulcus syndrome were treated at the UCLA Medical Center and Wadsworth VA Hospital (Los Angeles) between 1956 and 1985. Twenty-eight underwent surgery, six of whom were found unresectable at the time of thoracotomy. Twenty-one of 22 in the resected group received preoperative irradiation. Twenty-seven patients received(More)
BACKGROUND Mechanical circulatory assist industries have developed ventricular assist devices (VAD) for short-, intermediate-, and long-term use. The purpose of this report is to describe the progress made with the ABIOMED Biventricular System (BVS) 5000 (ABIOMED, Inc, Danvers, MA) short-term VAD. METHODS From June 1994 through August 2000, all(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is usually a fatal cancer for which operation has been the mainstay of treatment because chemotherapy and radiation are relatively ineffective. The choice of operation for malignant pleural mesothelioma remains controversial. Extrapleural pneumonectomy has been advocated because it allows complete removal of gross tumor and(More)
From 1986 to 1993, 15 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma were treated by pleurectomy/decortication and intrapleural cisplatin (100 mg/m2) and cytosine arabinoside (1,200 mg). All patients were without known extrathoracic disease and had a mean age of 63 +/- 7.9 years (range 51-78); 13 were male. Histologic subtype of disease were epithelial (47%),(More)
PURPOSE This study investigated prognostic factors in nonmetastatic high-grade extremity osteosarcoma and the prognosis following resection of subsequent pulmonary metastases, with emphasis on the effect of chemotherapy-induced tumor necrosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS We reviewed 111 consecutive patients with high-grade nonmetastatic extremity osteosarcoma(More)
Mutations that prevent the normal expression of the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene (RB) have been linked to the pathogenesis of several human malignancies. Mutational inactivation of this tumor-suppressor gene appears to initiate the development of retinoblastoma, and may also contribute to the pathogenesis of osteosarcomas, soft-tissue sarcomas,(More)
Twenty-eight patients with primary malignant germ cell tumors (GCT) of the mediastinum were treated at the University of California at Los Angeles and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the past 30 years. Of 11 patients with pure seminomas, nine (82%) are free of disease from 6 months to 15 years following therapy. The primary treatment modality in these(More)
The purpose of these studies was to compare local and systemic human lymphokine activated killer (LAK) and natural killer (NK) cytotoxicity and to determine its modulation by the systemic administration of recombinant interleukin-2 (rIL-2). After preoperative systemic rIL-2, we extracted tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) and peripheral blood lymphocytes(More)