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Desmoid tumors are rare and exhibit a highly unpredictable natural history. We sought to analyze prognostic factors associated with recurrence in a large single-institution study of patients with desmoid tumors. We performed a retrospective review of 177 patients with desmoid tumor who underwent macroscopically complete surgical resection, with or without(More)
Anxious individuals are slower at color-naming threat-related than nonthreat-related words in the emotional Stroop task. Recently, Mathews and Sebastian (1993, Cognition and Emotion, 7, 527-530) reported that this Stroop interference effect disappears when snake-fearful students are exposed to a snake while performing the color-naming task. In the present(More)
Contemporary treatment programs for patients with potentially resectable pancreatic cancer often involve preoperative therapy. When the duration of preoperative therapy exceeds 2 months, the risk of plastic endobiliary stent occlusion increases. Metal stents have much better patency but may complicate subsequent pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). We evaluated(More)
Some investigators have suggested that wedge resection (WR) confers a higher incidence of positive margins and an inferior survival compared with anatomic resection (AR) of colorectal liver metastases (CLM). We sought to investigate the margin status, pattern of recurrence, and overall survival of patients with CLM treated with WR or AR. We identified 253(More)
BACKGROUND Carcinoid tumors of the appendix are rare, and as such there are few data guiding their optimal treatment. METHODS The analysis included all patients with malignant, typical carcinoid tumor of the appendix for whom complete data were available in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database between 1988 and 2003. Clinicopathologic(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to examine the effect of body mass index (BMI) on 30-day morbidity and mortality in a large cohort of patients undergoing nonbariatric general surgery. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Obesity has long been considered a risk factor for poor outcomes from a variety of surgical procedures, yet recent studies of critically and chronically ill(More)
BACKGROUND Carcinoid tumors of the duodenum are rare, and their natural history has not been defined. Consequently, there is no consensus on the optimal extent of surgical treatment. METHODS The authors reviewed the records of all patients with primary carcinoid tumors of the duodenum treated at their institution from 1969 through 2004. Patients with(More)
The concept of using replicating viruses as anticancer agents is not a new one, but the ability to genetically modify these viruses into increasingly potent and tumor-specific vectors is a recent phenomenon. As more is learned about the functions of viral gene products in controlling the mammalian cell cycle and in disabling cellular defense mechanisms,(More)
Myxofibrosarcomas (MFS) are a historically heterogeneous group of tumors that exhibit a propensity for local recurrence. The objectives of this study were to analyze the prognostic factors and outcomes of patients with MFS treated at a single institution. We retrospectively reviewed the records of 69 consecutive patients with pathologically confirmed MFS of(More)