Karen Jane Goddard

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BACKGROUND External-beam radiotherapy (delivered either preoperatively or postoperatively) is frequently used in local management of sarcomas in the soft tissue of limbs, but the two approaches differ substantially in their potential toxic effects. We aimed to determine whether the timing of external-beam radiotherapy affected the number of wound healing(More)
Reports of cytogenetic abnormalities in pediatric central nervous system (CNS) tumors are important for collection and comparison of large numbers of karyotypes of primary CNS neoplasms to produce statistically significant correlations. We report cytogenetic results of 119 samples of pediatric CNS tumors from 109 patients. Tumors included 33 low-grade(More)
PURPOSE Morbidity associated with wound complications may translate into disability and quality-of-life disadvantages for patients treated with radiotherapy (RT) for soft tissue sarcoma (STS) of the extremities. Functional outcome and health status of extremity STS patients randomized in a phase III trial comparing preoperative versus postoperative RT is(More)
The regimen of cisplatin, vincristine, doxorubicin, and etoposide (CODE) was designed to double the dose intensity of these drugs in comparison with a standard regimen (alternating cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and vincristine [CAV] and etoposide-cisplatin [EP]) for extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). The dose intensity was increased by more(More)
BACKGROUND Increased survival of patients with childhood cancer has resulted in a growing population of survivors within the education system, many of whom may experience educational difficulties. The current study provides a comprehensive assessment of survivors' educational achievements. METHODS Seven hundred eighty-two childhood cancer survivors from(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE This study compared late radiation morbidity in patients with extremity soft tissue sarcoma randomized to treatment by pre- (50 Gy) or postoperative (66 Gy) radiotherapy in combination with surgery. The morbidities evaluated included fibrosis, joint stiffness and edema at 2 years following treatment. The impact of morbidity on patient(More)
Seventy-two children with posterior fossa medulloblastoma were diagnosed at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, from 1977 to 1987 and treated by standard methods. The 5- and 10-year survival and disease-free survival rates were 71% and 63%, and 64% and 63%, respectively. Total tumor resection, as determined by the surgeon was the most significant(More)
BACKGROUND A relationship between young age and increased risk of recurrence of pediatric differentiated thyroid carcinoma has been suggested; however, no attempts have been made to assess the prognostic factors or efficacy of treatment in very young children with this malignancy. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the association of age with(More)
BACKGROUND The Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Research Program (CAYACS) has been established in the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada, to carry out research into late effects and survivor care in multiple domains, and to inform policy and practice. PROCEDURE This program identifies a survivor cohort and comparison groups(More)
Our study examines inpatient, hospital-related morbidity in a geographically-defined cohort of long-term cancer survivors diagnosed before age 20 years in the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. A total of 1374 survivors diagnosed from 1981 to 1995 surviving at least 5-years postdiagnosis, and a matched sample of 13,740 BC residents, were identified(More)