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OBJECT The extent of tumor resection that should be undertaken in patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to identify significant independent predictors of survival in these patients and to determine whether the extent of resection was associated with increased survival time. METHODS The authors(More)
BACKGROUND Pituitary adenomas display an array of hormonal and proliferative activity. Once primarily classified according to size (microadenomas, < 1 cm; macroadenomas, > or = 1 cm), these tumors are now further classified according to immunohistochemistry and functional status. With these additional classifications in mind, the goals of the current study(More)
Both stress-system activation and melancholic depression are characterized by fear, constricted affect, stereotyped thinking, and similar changes in autonomic and neuroendocrine function. Because norepinephrine (NE) and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) can produce these physiological and behavioral changes, we measured the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)(More)
BACKGROUND Intracranial hemangiopericytoma (HPC) is a rare malignancy for which treatment recommendations vary. OBJECTIVE We sought to characterize outcomes of HPC patients treated with postoperative external beam radiotherapy (PORT). METHODS A retrospective analysis was conducted using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of(More)
OBJECT Little has been written about the appropriate diagnosis, investigation, and management of subarachnoid-pleural fistula (SPF). The authors report a series of patients with SPF that developed after resection of spinal tumor and discuss the diagnosis and treatment of this entity. METHODS Between 1993 and 2002, nine patients with SPF observed after(More)
Several decades of basic and clinical research have demonstrated that there is an association between the insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and neoplasia. We begin with a brief discussion of the function and regulation of expression of the IGFs, their receptors and the IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs). A number of investigational interventional strategies(More)
BACKGROUND The current retrospective study was undertaken to evaluate the treatment outcomes of patients with meningeal hemangiopericytoma (M-HPC), to define the role of radiotherapy in the management of the disease, and to report on the patterns of failure. METHODS The medical records of 29 patients with nonmetastatic M-HPC treated at The University of(More)
Neoplastic transformation of glial cells alters inclusion of the alpha exon in human fibroblast growth factor receptor-1 (FGFR-1) mRNA transcripts. Although normal cells predominantly include the alpha exon, this exon is excluded in most glioblastoma cell transcripts, creating a high-affinity receptor form. In this study, we identified polypyrimidine(More)
This study was undertaken to determine the disease outcomes in patients treated with surgery alone or surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) for myxopapillary ependymoma (MPE) of the spine. The medical records of 35 patients with MPE treated at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center between December 1968 and July 2002 were reviewed. The(More)
Four human glioblastoma cell lines (U251, UWR1, UWR2, and UWR3) were tested for the expression of the cell surface receptor for urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA). To our knowledge there have been no previous reports about the uPA receptors (uPARs) in glioblastoma cell lines. All four glioblastoma cell lines we tested were found to bind recombinant(More)