Gildy V. Babiera

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In patients with early-stage breast cancer who are scheduled to undergo mastectomy and desire breast reconstruction, the optimal timing of reconstruction depends on whether postmastectomy radiation therapy will be needed. Immediate reconstruction offers the best aesthetic outcomes if postmastectomy radiation therapy is not needed, but if postmastectomy(More)
Background: It is unclear which breast cancer patients with positive sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) require a completion axillary lymph node dissection. Our aim was to determine factors that predict involvement of nonsentinel axillary nodes (NSLNs) in patients with positive SLNs. Methods: We reviewed the records of all patients with invasive breast cancer who(More)
BACKGROUND Breast biphasic metaplastic sarcomatoid carcinoma (MSC) is rare and aggressive. We analyzed 100 patients treated at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) with 213 MSC and 98 carcinosarcoma patients identified through the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End-Results (SEER) database to describe clinical and pathologic characteristics. PATIENTS AND(More)
BACKGROUND The role of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in patients with an initial diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has not been well defined. The purpose of our study was to determine when the risk of finding invasive disease on final pathology in patients with an initial diagnosis of DCIS was sufficiently high to justify use of SLNB. STUDY(More)
Currently, therapy for breast cancer patients with stage IV disease and an intact primary tumor is metastasis directed; the primary tumor is treated only when it causes symptoms. A recent review suggested that surgery may improve long-term survival in such patients. We evaluated the effect of surgery in such patients on long-term survival and disease(More)
BACKGROUND Axillary reverse mapping (ARM) is a novel technique to preserve upper extremity lymphatics that may reduce the incidence of lymphedema after axillary lymph node dissection. Early reports have suggested that ARM lymph nodes do not contain metastatic disease from breast cancer; however, these studies were conducted in early stage patients with low(More)
BACKGROUND Intracystic papillary carcinoma (IPC) of the breast is a rare form of noninvasive breast cancer. An appreciation of associated pathology with IPC may be critical in surgical decision-making. METHODS The medical records of all patients with IPC treated between 1985 and 2001 were retrospectively reviewed. Three patient groups were identified(More)
OBJECTIVE Sentinel lymph node (SLN) surgery is widely used for nodal staging in early-stage breast cancer. This study was performed to evaluate the accuracy of SLN surgery for patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy versus patients undergoing surgery first. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Controversy exists regarding the timing of SLN surgery in patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the accuracy of physical examination, ultrasonography, and mammography in predicting residual size of breast tumors following neoadjuvant chemotherapy. BACKGROUND Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is an accepted part of the management of stage II and III breast cancer. Accurate prediction of residual pathologic tumor size after neoadjuvant(More)
Recent studies demonstrate improved progression-free survival (PFS) and improved overall survival (OS) with extirpation of the primary tumor in breast cancer patients who present with metastatic disease at initial diagnosis. The subset of patients who would most benefit from surgery remains unclear. This study evaluates the pathological attributes and(More)