Eric Leblanc

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BACKGROUND Although cervical cancer is clinically staged, surgery has long been considered the best means to assess extrapelvic disease and remains the gold standard for the detection of both intraperitoneal spread and small volume nodal metastases. The objective of this study was to determine short- and long-term outcomes for patients with locally advanced(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this prospective study conducted in three French comprehensive cancer centers was to evaluate the therapeutic impact on survival of laparoscopic para-aortic (PA) staging surgery in locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) before chemoradiotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a prospective multicenter study of 237 patients treated(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the feasibility of intraoperative radioisotopic mapping using an endoscopic gamma probe associated with patent blue dye injection in patients with early stage cervical cancer. METHODS Between April 2001 and March 2002 a total of 12 patients underwent laparoscopic bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy (squamous carcinoma in 10 cases, all(More)
BACKGROUND Retrospective single-centre series have shown the feasibility of sentinel lymph-node (SLN) identification in endometrial cancer. We did a prospective, multicentre cohort study to assess the detection rate and diagnostic accuracy of the SLN procedure in predicting the pathological pelvic-node status in patients with early stage endometrial cancer.(More)
PURPOSE Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy may be used to target lymph node metastases in patients with early cervical cancer. Whether SLN biopsy only is acceptable in the staging and surgical management of early cervical cancer remains unknown. This prospective multicenter study (SENTICOL [Ganglion Sentinelle dans le Cancer du Col]) assessed the sensitivity(More)
BACKGROUND A pilot study of a new surgical technique for aortic dissection, combining the advantages of extraperitoneal surgery and minimal invasive surgery, was conducted. METHODS Fifty-three patients underwent infrarenal aortic and common iliac dissection for the staging of bulky or advanced cervical carcinomas. The indication for extended lymph node(More)
BACKGROUND Results of conservative management of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remain controversial in the literature. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical outcomes and fertility following fertility-sparing surgical management of EOC in a retrospective multicentre study. METHODS A multicentre retrospective study was performed by members of(More)
The ability of Leishmania amastigotes to survive within the drastic environmental changes encountered in the phagolysosomes of mammalian macrophages is heavily dependent on the developmental regulation of a variety of genes. The identification of genes that are expressed preferentially in the mammalian stage of the parasite should increase our understanding(More)
BACKGROUND Initial debulking surgery followed by chemotherapy is the current treatment for International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Stage IIIC/IV ovarian carcinoma but has a limited efficacy when optimal cytoreduction is not achieved at the end of the surgical procedure. An alternative treatment for these patients could be neoadjuvant(More)
Chemoradiation therapy is deemed the standard treatment by many North American and European teams for treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer. The prevalence of para-aortic nodal metastasis in these tumours is 10-25%. PET (with or without CT) is the most accurate imaging modality to assess extrapelvic disease in such tumours. The true-positive rate of(More)