José Francisco Suárez

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PURPOSE Earlier studies evaluating the effect on quality of life (QoL) of localized prostate cancer interventions included patients receiving adjuvant hormone therapy, which could have affected their outcomes. Our objective was to compare the QoL impact of the three most common primary treatments on patients who were not receiving adjuvant hormonal(More)
PURPOSE To compare treatment impact on health-related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with localized prostate cancer, from before treatment to 2 years after the intervention. METHODS AND MATERIALS This was a longitudinal, prospective study of 614 patients with localized prostate cancer treated with radical prostatectomy (134), three-dimensional(More)
PURPOSE To assess long-term quality of life (QoL) impact of treatments in localized prostate cancer patients treated with radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy or brachytherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS Observational, prospective cohort study with pre-treatment QoL evaluation and follow-up until five years after treatment. 704 patients with low or(More)
The dissecting intramural hematoma of the esophagus (DEH) is a rare complication of endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy (EVS). We present a 37 years male with Laennec's cirrhosis who developed a submucosal hematoma with complete obstruction of the esophagus 24 h. after the second session of EVS diagnosed by endoscopy. After conservative treatment the patient(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the initial costs of the three most established treatments for clinically localized prostate cancer according to risk, age and comorbidity groups, from the healthcare provider's perspective. METHODS We carried out a cost comparison study in a sample of patients consecutively recruited between 2003 and 2005 from a functional unit for(More)
PURPOSE Few large European studies have evaluated long-term outcomes for permanent prostate brachytherapy (PPB) as monotherapy for clinically localized prostate cancer. The objective of the present study was to evaluate long-term survival in this patient profile. METHODS AND MATERIALS Retrospective study of 700 patients who underwent transperineal(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the thyroid function and the dysfunction after interferon therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between 1988 and 1994, 119 patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with interferon were reviewed 92 patients received interferon alfa for six or twelve months. 27 patients were(More)
BACKGROUND Whether nodular lesions have specific risk-factors or influence outcomes in lung transplant recipients with invasive aspergillosis, is not fully known. METHODS The study population consisted of 64 consecutive lung transplant recipients with proven or probable invasive aspergillosis. Nodules, with or without halo/air crescent-sign were(More)
BACKGROUND As the long-term efficacy of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) becomes established and other prostate cancer treatment approaches are refined and improved, examination of quality of life (QOL) following prostate cancer treatment is critical in driving both patient and clinical treatment decisions. We present the first study to compare(More)
BACKGROUND Incidence, characteristics, and risk-factors for invasive aspergillosis (IA)-associated immune reconstitution syndrome (IRS) in lung transplant recipients are not known. METHODS Patients comprised 68 lung transplant recipients with proven/probable IA followed for 12 months. IRS was defined based on previously proposed criteria. RESULTS In(More)