Joris A van Dongen

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PURPOSE Risk factors for local and distant recurrence after breast-conserving therapy and mastectomy were compared to define guidelines for the decision making between both treatments. PATIENTS AND METHODS The data of two randomized clinical trials for stage I and II breast cancer patients were pooled. The total number of patients in the study was 1,772,(More)
A (modified) radical mastectomy (RM) was compared with breast-conserving therapy (BCT) in stage I and stage II breast cancer patients. Treatment of the study arm comprised lumpectomy, axillary clearance and radiotherapy to the breast (50 Gy in 5 weeks external irradiation and a boost with iridium implant of 25 Gy). 902 patients were included. There were 734(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the prognosis after treatment for loco-regional recurrences (LR) after (modified) radical mastectomy (MRM) or breast conserving therapy (BCT), in terms of overall survival and time to subsequent LR, in patients originally treated in two European randomised trials. In EORTC trial 10801 and DBCG trial(More)
PURPOSE Here we report the results of a randomized study undertaken to test the efficacy of a supplementary, telephone-based nursing intervention in increasing patients' awareness and understanding of the clinical trials in which they are asked to participate. METHODS During a 12-month period, 180 cancer patients who were approached to participate in a(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate both qualitative and quantitative scoring methods for the cosmetic result after breast-conserving therapy (BCT), and to compare the usefulness and reliability of these methods. METHODS AND MATERIALS In EORTC trial 22881/10882, stage I and II breast cancer patients were treated with tumorectomy and axillary dissection. A total of 5318(More)
BACKGROUND Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast is a disorder that has become more common since it may manifest as microcalcifications that can be detected by screening mammography. Since selected women with invasive cancer can be treated safely with breast conservation therapy it is paradoxical that total mastectomy has remained the standard(More)
AIMS To examine the hypothesis that lymphatic dissemination in breast cancer occurs sequentially. METHODS Thirty patients with clinically localized adenocarcinoma were studied. Patent blue dye was administered into the tumour at the beginning of a modified radical mastectomy or segmental mastectomy with en bloc axillary lymph-node dissection (ALND). In(More)
BACKGROUND The randomized trials comparing breast-conserving therapy (BCT), i.e., surgery and radiation to the breast, with mastectomy in early-stage breast cancer use a variety of protocols. Meta-analysis may assist in understanding the impact of these differences on survival. PURPOSE To evaluate the possible variations of the relative efficacy of BCT(More)
The treatment of breast cancer patients has changed rapidly in the past decade, but empirical data at local and national level are scarce. Predicting the consequences of screening for primary treatment is consequently difficult. The aim of this analysis of records on admissions to hospital of women with breast cancer and/or for breast surgery (1975-90)(More)