James A. Lipsett

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Breast Retraction Assessment (BRA) is an objective evaluation of the amount of cosmetic retraction of the treated breast in comparison to the untreated breast in patients who receive conservative treatment for breast cancer. A clear acrylic sheet supported vertically and marked as a grid at 1 cm intervals is employed to perform the measurements. Average BRA(More)
Arm lymphedema (ALE) was evaluated in 74 patients treated conservatively for breast cancer. ALE was defined based upon measurements performed upon 35 volunteer subjects who did not have and were never treated for breast cancer. Multiple variable statistical analysis of 74 breast cancer patients revealed that age at diagnosis was the most important factor(More)
We evaluated the relative usefulness of two observer-based scales commonly employed to assess the cosmetic outcome of patients treated by breast-preserving techniques for breast cancer. We asked 44 volunteer observers to employ one or the other scale to assess cosmetic outcome in a series of 14 projected color photographs of frontal views of treated(More)
Following documented evidence of the synergism of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and radiation therapy and an additive effect with mitomycin and irradiation, pilot studies have demonstrated the potential for definitive radiation therapy in the management of squamous cell and basaloid carcinomas of the anal canal, allowing sphincter preservation. Our study explored(More)
Breast edema was evaluated in 45 patients with Stage I or II breast cancer (including two with simultaneous, bilateral disease), who were treated by breast-preserving treatment approaches. Multiple variable statistical analysis revealed that bra cup size was the only factor significantly related to the appearance of breast edema. Breast edema occurred in 3(More)
Four patients with metastases to the brain were treated by high-dose fractionated radiation therapy. In all four cases, a complete response and prolonged disease-free survival could be documented. Unlike the standard therapy for such patients (i.e., craniotomy and postoperative irradiation), high-dose fractionated radiation therapy carries no operative risk(More)
Twenty consecutive patients with poor-risk aggressive lymphoma who at presentation either had elevated serum lactic dehydrogenase level (LDH) and any one of the other poor-prognostic features: bulky mass greater than or equal to 10 cm, advanced stage III or IV, and greater than or equal to 2 extranodal sites, or normal LDH level and all other three(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate in a prospective study the efficacy of autologous bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in adult patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in first remission, using a single course of high-dose Cytarabine (HD Ara-C) consolidation therapy as in vivo purging. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty consecutive adult patients with AML in first(More)
A retrospective review of patients treated for Hodgkin's disease or other malignant lymphomas between 1953 and 1988 revealed 10 cases of spontaneous pneumothorax. Nine had Hodgkin's disease whereas one had diffuse histiocytic lymphoma. Ages of the 10 patients ranged from 11 to 54 years, although nine were less than 30-years old. Spontaneous pneumothorax was(More)
A battery of objective measurements of cosmetic outcome was performed on 114 patients who had been treated by breast-preservation techniques for breast cancer. Cosmetic breast retraction, as determined by Breast Retraction Assessment (BRA) measurements, was significantly greater in patients who underwent extensive primary tumor resection, were more than 60(More)