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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess outcomes and indications in a large cohort of patients who underwent liver transplantation (LT) for liver metastases (LM) from neuroendocrine tumors (NET) over a 27-year period. BACKGROUND LT for NET remains controversial due to the absence of clear selection criteria and the scarcity and heterogeneity of(More)
In patients with advanced rectal cancer (cUICC II and III) multimodality therapy resulted in better long-term local tumor control. Ongoing clinical trials are focusing on therapy intensification to improve disease-free (DFS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS), the integration of biomarkers for prediction of individual recurrence risk, and the identification(More)
Preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is supposed not only to reduce lymph node metastases but also lymph node recovery in rectal cancer specimens. The objective of this prospective study was to determine the effects of chemoradiation on mesorectal lymph node retrieval under terms of a meticulous histopathological evaluation. Specimens from 64 consecutive(More)
Patients with bilobular colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) experience poor prognosis, especially when curative resection cannot be achieved. However, resectability in these patients is often limited by low future remnant liver volume (FRLV). The latter can be enhanced by a two-stage liver resection, using portal vein ligation to induce liver hypertrophy.(More)
BACKGROUND Ultrasonic scalpel (UC) and monopolar electrocautery (ME) are common tools for soft tissue dissection. However, morphological data on the related tissue alteration are discordant. We developed an automatic device for standardized sample excision and compared quality and depth of morphological changes caused by UC and ME in a pig model. METHODS(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common liver-derived malignancy with a high fatality rate. Risk factors for the development of HCC have been identified and are clearly described. However, due to the lack of tumor-specific symptoms, HCC are diagnosed at progressed tumor stages in most patients, and thus curative therapeutic options are limited.(More)
The prevalence and development of microsatellite instability (MSI) and underlying mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency in the carcinogenesis of adenocarcinomas of the papilla of Vater and their precursor lesions are not well established. We analyzed 120 ampullary adenomas (31 pure adenomas and 89 carcinoma-associated adenomas) and 170 pure adenocarcinomas for(More)
Little is known about the molecular cytogenetic changes in cholangiocarcinoma and combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma, and on the prognostic significance of chromosomal imbalances in hepatocellular carcinoma. Seventy-eight cases of primary liver cancer with available median follow-up of 16.5 months, including 49 hepatocellular carcinomas, 22(More)
Surgery is the standard of care for resectable colorectal liver metastases (CRC-LM). Unfortunately, 60 % of patients develop secondary metastatic recurrence (SMR) after R0-resection of CRC-LM. We investigated the impact of surgical re-intervention and chemotherapy (Ctx) on survival in a consecutive series of patients with SMR. From 01/2001 to 11/2011, 104(More)
INTRODUCTION After neoadjuvant chemoradiation (CRT), the pathologic determined lymph node (LN) status is the most important prognostic factor in rectal cancer patients. Here we assessed the prognostic impact of residual LN micrometastases (<0.2 cm) and the intramesorectal distribution of LN metastases. PATIENTS AND METHODS Surgical specimens from 81(More)