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PURPOSE Early detection of treatment response in glioma patients after radiochemotherapy (RCX) is uncertain because treatment-related contrast enhancement in magnetic resonance imaging can mimic tumor progression. Positron emission tomography (PET) using the amino acid tracer [(18)F]fluoroethyltyrosine (FET) seems to be a promising tool for treatment(More)
BACKGROUND There is a lack of prospective studies focusing on the sexual quality of life of prostate cancer patients after conformal radiotherapy (RT). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence, progression, and predictive factors for erectile dysfunction (ED). DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Patients who responded to the sexual domain of the Expanded(More)
The aim was to evaluate treatment-related morbidity after intensity-modulated (IMRT) and image-guided (IGRT) radiotherapy with a total dose of 76 Gy in comparison to conventional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) up to 70.2–72 Gy for patients with prostate cancer. All patients were prospectively surveyed prior to, on the last day, as well as after a median(More)
Dose escalations above 60 Gy based on MRI have not led to prognostic benefits in glioblastoma patients yet. With positron emission tomography (PET) using [18F]fluorethyl-L-tyrosine (FET), tumor coverage can be optimized with the option of regional dose escalation in the area of viable tumor tissue. In a prospective phase II study (January 2008 to December(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of a dose escalation to an (18)F-choline PET-CT defined simultaneous integrated boost (IB) on the dose distribution and changes of the equivalent uniform dose (EUD). MATERIALS AND METHODS PET-CT was performed in 12 consecutive patients for treatment planning. An intraprostatic lesion(More)
To report the own experience with 66 patients who received 18F-choline PET-CT (positron emission tomography-computed tomography) for treatment planning. Image acquisition followed 1 h after injection of 178–355 MBq 18F-choline. An intraprostatic lesion (GTVPET [gross tumor volume]) was defined by a tumor-to-background SUV (standard uptake value) ratio > 2.(More)
Enhanced bronchial responsiveness during and following lower respiratory tract infections is a major clinical problem, but its pathogenesis is poorly understood. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which can be released by platelets and leukocytes, has been identified as a mediator of bronchial hyperresponsiveness. It is unknown whether the release of(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key mediator of neuronal plasticity, contributes to airway obstruction and hyperresponsiveness in a model of allergic asthma. BDNF is stored in human platelets and circulates in human plasma, but the significance of BDNF in this compartment is poorly understood. We investigated the relationship between platelet(More)
UNLABELLED The activity of phospholipase A2 (PLA2), an enzyme that, besides a number of other functions, is involved in prostaglandin synthesis, regulation of membrane stability, and presynaptic neurotransmitter release, has been reported to be greater in the serum and plasma of schizophrenic patients than in that of other psychiatric patients and normal(More)
Background: In comparison to the conventional whole-prostate dose escalation, an integrated boost to the macroscopic malignant lesion might potentially improve tumor control rates without increasing toxicity. Quality of life after radiotherapy (RT) with vs. without F-choline PET-CT detected simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) was prospectively evaluated in(More)