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Most upper esophageal malignancies are squamous cell carcinomas, rarely adenocarcinomas arising from Barrett's esophagus and very rarely adenocarcinomas from heterotopic gastric mucosa without evidence of Barrett's especially in the cervical part of the esophagus. We report a case of adenocarcinoma of the polypoid type in the upper esophagus (cervical(More)
Symptom durations in head and neck cancer patients analyzed as a function of tumor stage suggest a reversal of the "common sense" notion that patients with early disease generally present with a shorter symptomatic period. A possible explanation is that variation in stage at diagnosis is primarily due to intrinsic differences in tumor aggressiveness rather(More)
Seventy-two patients with advanced resectable head and cancer received two courses of induction chemotherapy before definitive therapy. Forty-six patients were treated with platinol, Oncovin (vincristine), and bleomycin. Twenty-six received Platinol (cisplatin), Velban (vinblastine), and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Although both regimens had an overall response(More)
Sixty-nine patients were entered in a randomized study to determine the usefulness and practicality of parenteral hyperalimentation (TPN) in preparing and supporting patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radical resections. The patients were stratified by nutritional status and prognosis and randomization were done within each strata to TPN or(More)
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a surgical technique for the preservation of the function of the external branch of the superior laryngeal nerve (EBSLN) during total thyroid lobectomy and total thyroidectomy. Permanent injury to this nerve can be a disaster, especially in singers and professional speakers who depend on control of pitch, and a clear(More)
Although it is uncommon to consider resection of the common and internal carotid arteries for involvement by carcinoma, nevertheless, if this is the only significant finding precluding an adequate ablative procedure, this operation is worthy of consideration. Ten procedures were performed in nine such patients; the carotid bifurcation was resected and(More)
We conducted a retrospective study of 13 patients with parathyroid carcinoma to assess their clinical characteristics and surgical outcomes. Study parameters included patient demographics, survival, treatment response, and recurrence. We found that all patients who had undergone local tumor excision developed a recurrence, compared with only 33% of those(More)
Of the nine practical anatomical considerations relative to thyroidectomy, the relationship of the recurrent laryngeal nerve to the posterior suspensory ligament of the thyroid rather than the nerve relationship to the inferior thyroid artery is believed to be the most important. Thus, the surgeon is admonished first to locate the nerve at or just above the(More)
BACKGROUND A total of 93 patients were treated with one of two preoperative chemotherapy regimens over a 15-year period. The study supports the importance of strict adherence to guidelines for ablative surgery. METHODS A single surgeon performed the surgery and evaluated each patient prior to treatment. The extent of the planned operation was documented.(More)