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BACKGROUND The use of high-dose adjuvant chemotherapy for high-risk primary breast cancer is controversial. We studied its efficacy in patients with 4 to 9 or 10 or more tumor-positive axillary lymph nodes. METHODS Patients younger than 56 years of age who had undergone surgery for breast cancer and who had no distant metastases were eligible if they had(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To assess the change in health-related quality of life (HRQL) among Dutch lung transplant patients before and after transplantation. DESIGN Prospective longitudinal study on HRQL among 24 Dutch lung transplant patients who participated first as transplant candidates, and later as recipients in the study. This study design provides an(More)
The aim of this study was to examine the long-term effect of lung transplantation on Health Related Quality of Life by studying 28 patients who survived at least 55 months after lung transplantation. Measures included the Nottingham Health Profile, questions concerning lung-specific problems, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Self-rating Depression(More)
Although several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have shown the efficacy of antifibrinolytic drugs in liver transplantation, their use remains debated due to concern for thromboembolic complications. None of the reported RCTs has shown a higher incidence of these complications in treated patients; however, none of the individual studies has been large(More)
Vascular complications have a detrimental effect on the outcome after liver transplantation. Most studies focus exclusively on hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT). The current study analyzed the incidence, consequences, and risk factors for HAT, portal vein thrombosis (PVT), and venous outflow tract obstruction (VOTO) in a consecutive series of 157 pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown that both objective and subjective measurements are related to exercise capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this study the relative contribution of lung function, maximal inspiratory pressure, dyspnoea, and quality of life to the performance in a walking distance test and a bicycle(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies demonstrated that rate control is an acceptable alternative for rhythm control in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). However, optimal heart rate during AF is still unknown. OBJECTIVE To show that in patients with permanent AF, lenient rate control is not inferior to strict rate control in terms of cardiovascular(More)
Aims To evaluate costs between a rate and rhythm control strategy in persistent atrial fibrillation. Methods and results In a prospective substudy of RACE (Rate control versus electrical cardioversion for persistent atrial fibrillation) in 428 of the total 522 patients (206 rate control and 222 rhythm control), a cost-minimisation and cost-effectiveness(More)
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between diagnosis and the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of lung transplantation. A microsimulation model was used, based on empirical data from the Dutch lung transplantation program, collected between 1991 and 1999. We assessed life-years, quality-adjusted life-years, and costs with and(More)
OBJECTIVES As impact of literature concerning this subject is scarce, the objectives of this study were to assess whether the Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) is decreased in patients with painful temporomandibular disorders as compared to the HRQoL in the general population, and to evaluate to what extent pain duration affects HRQoL. METHODS Data(More)