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BACKGROUND This study was conducted to determine practice patterns in the management of vaginal malignancy. METHODS The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a large central registry of hospital case data, was reviewed for the 10-year period 1985-1994 for patients registered with a primary diagnosis of vaginal cancer. Patients with a prior history of(More)
BACKGROUND Primary lung cancer accounts for approximately 14% of all new cancers and 28% of cancer deaths in the U.S. Previous reviews have shown limited progress in the management or outcome of this devastating disease. METHODS Reports described in the current study were 713,043 primary lung malignancies diagnosed between 1985 and 1995 and submitted to(More)
BACKGROUND A high proportion of U.S. patients with gastric carcinoma do not receive surgical treatment. To sharpen staging criteria and facilitate comparisons with surgical series, an analysis of patients whose treatment included gastrectomy was undertaken. In addition, to evaluate the "different disease" hypothesis as an explanation for superior Japanese(More)
BACKGROUND Although the incidence of uterine carcinoma is lower among African-American women compared with white women, the mortality rates are higher for African-American patients. This report is part of an ongoing series on gynecologic malignancies in African-American women. METHODS Hospital registry reports collected by the National Cancer Data Base(More)
BACKGROUND The development of nasopharyngeal carcinoma reflects interactions of genetics, diet, and viral agents. It is more common in Asians than non-Asians, with different characteristic histologic types. This study examined nasopharyngeal carcinoma in the U.S. as a function of patient origin and histology. METHODS The data were from the National Cancer(More)
BACKGROUND Epithelial ovarian cancer continues to challenge clinicians. There is no accepted method of screening for ovarian cancer, and most patients present with advanced disease. In spite of advances in surgery and chemotherapy, survival continues to be poor. METHODS The data, comprising the ovarian cancer caseloads of 940 hospitals, are from the(More)
BACKGROUND Recent advancement in recommended treatment of early stage vulvar carcinoma had emphasized the role of pathologic indications of tumor size and lymph node involvement. The purpose of this study was to identify the current mode of practice in the management of early stage vulvar carcinoma with primary disease limited to the vulva and/or the(More)
BACKGROUND American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging procedures were first published in 1977. Since 1991 the Commission on Cancer (COC) has required AJCC staging of all nonpediatric cancers. The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) encouraged recording of AJCC staging through analyses of selected aspects of staging completeness. We reviewed the trend(More)
BACKGROUND Vulvar melanoma is a very rare form of cancer. The purpose of this study was to describe practice patterns for the management of vulvar melanoma. STUDY DESIGN The National Cancer Data Base was reviewed from 1985 through 1994 for patient reports submitted with a diagnosis of vulvar melanoma. RESULTS Five hundred sixty-nine patients with vulvar(More)