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OBJECTIVE To evaluate both the patterns of prescription of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in patients with prostate cancer (PCa) and the adherence to European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines for ADT prescription. METHODS The Choosing Treatment for Prostate Cancer (CHOICE) study was an Italian multicentre cross-sectional study conducted between(More)
BACKGROUND Immediate two-stage prosthetic breast reconstruction in the setting of postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) currently is hardly achieved with the fast-track expander exchange proposed by Cordeiro and colleagues or the delayed-immediate breast reconstruction proposed by Kronowitz and Robb. Each of these techniques has important drawbacks and(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Endometrial carcinoma is a rare cause of brain metastases, accounting for less than 1% of all metastatic lesions to the brain. This report aims to review our experience in the treatment of patients with brain metastases from endometrial carcinoma in order to establish the characteristics of these patients and evaluate the results and(More)
PURPOSE To test tangential and not-tangential hybrid intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for whole-breast irradiation. METHODS AND MATERIALS Seventy-eight (36 right-, 42 left-) breast patients were randomly selected. Hybrid IMRT was performed by direct aperture optimization. A semiautomated method for planning hybrid IMRT was implemented using(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND In 75% of the patients with bone metastases (BM) pain is the dominant symptom. Radiotherapy (XRT) plays a major role in the palliation of pain in patients with BM. Several schedules of short and long fractionation XRT are used in clinical practice, with hypofractionated treatments being even more attractive for practical reasons. A(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Major salivary gland cancers are rare, with many histologic types and subtypes. The low incidence and heterogeneity of primary parotid carcinomas makes their outcome difficult to evaluate. Treatment remains primarily surgical, but optimal therapeutic regimens have yet to be fully realized. The present study reviews the experience of(More)
Preoperative chemoradiotherapy has demonstrated to improve resectability and local control in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). 5-fluorouracil (5FU) has traditionally been the drug of choice in combination with radiation therapy. Early studies of capecitabine (CAP) have shown its potential to replace 5FU. Between March 2002 and April 2005, 31 patients(More)
PURPOSE To test megavolt cone-beam CT (MV-CBCT) in order to evaluate setup errors in prostate radiotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS The setup of 9 patients was verified weekly by electronic portal imaging (EPI) and MV-CBCT, both per-formed in the same treatment session. EPI were compared with digitally reconstructed radiographies (DRRs). MV-CBCTs were(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and osteoporosis in patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer (PCa) but not adherent to European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines. MATERIALS AND METHODS The CHOosIng Treatment for Prostate CanCEr (CHOICE) study was an Italian multicenter,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A bi-tangential technique is proposed to reduce undesired doses to the shoulder produced by standard tangential irradiation. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 6 patients affected by shoulder pain and reduced functional capacity after whole-breast irradiation were retrospectively analysed. The standard tangential plan used for(More)