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OBJECTIVES To prospectively assess the diagnostic performance of simple ultrasound rules to predict benignity/malignancy in an adnexal mass and to test the performance of the risk of malignancy index, two logistic regression models, and subjective assessment of ultrasonic findings by an experienced ultrasound examiner in adnexal masses for which the simple(More)
PURPOSE To collect data for the development of a more universally useful logistic regression model to distinguish between a malignant and benign adnexal tumor before surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients had at least one persistent mass. More than 50 clinical and sonographic end points were defined and recorded for analysis. The outcome measure was the(More)
OBJECTIVE To derive simple and clinically useful ultrasound-based rules for discriminating between benign and malignant adnexal masses. METHODS In a multicenter study involving nine centers consecutive patients with persistent adnexal tumors underwent transvaginal gray-scale and Doppler ultrasound examination using a standardized examination technique and(More)
A total of 2142 patients with febrile neutropenia resulting from cancer chemotherapy were registered in two observational studies and followed prospectively in different institutions. There were 499 (23%) patients with bacteraemia who are reviewed here. The relative frequencies of Gram-positive, Gram-negative and polymicrobial bacteraemias were 57%, 34% and(More)
BACKGROUND Tamoxifen may induce uterine abnormalities of clinical concern. Our aim was to compare early uterine changes occurring in postmenopausal breast cancer patients treated in first-line with tamoxifen or third generation aromatase inhibitors. We also assessed the effect of aromatase inhibitors on tamoxifen-induced uterine changes. PATIENTS AND(More)
Several symptoms are described in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), including excessive daytime sleepiness, depressive mood and neurocognitive dysfunction. However, few studies examined the relationship between objective physical activity, quality of life and sleep parameters. The purpose of this study was to determine sleep parameters (evaluated by actigraphy(More)
INTRODUCTION To investigate the influence of ageing on the incidence of breast cancer (BC) molecular subtypes, patient age at diagnosis was correlated with bio-pathological data collected retrospectively from 2723 consecutive patients diagnosed/treated at our Institute between 2000 and 2003. METHODS According to their bio-characteristics, 61% of the(More)
PURPOSE We questioned the impact of pregnancy on disease-free survival (DFS) in women with history of breast cancer (BC) according to estrogen receptor (ER) status. PATIENTS AND METHODS A multicenter, retrospective cohort study in which patients who became pregnant any time after BC were matched (1:3) to patients with BC with similar ER, nodal status,(More)
UNLABELLED Clinical variables, like stage and performance status (PS), have predictive and prognostic values in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with chemotherapy, not allowing adequate individual prediction. MicroRNA (miRNA) are non-coding RNAs regulating gene expression. In a prospective study, we assessed the predictive value(More)
In this study, the effect of insertion speed on long-term tissue response and insertion mechanics was investigated. A dummy silicon parylene-coated probe was used in this context and implanted in the rat brain at 10 μm/s (n = 6) or 100 μm/s (n = 6) to a depth of 9 mm. The insertion mechanics were assessed by the dimpling distance, and the force at the point(More)