Linda M. Velasquez

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Pediatric intramedullary spinal cord tumors occur infrequently with limited data on treatment strategies and outcome. Over an 11-year period, 44 patients with such tumors who were primarily managed by radical surgery were retrospectively reviewed. The majority of tumors (42/44, 95%) were in the cervical or thoracic spine and were histologically low grade.(More)
The management of low-grade intramedullary astrocytomas is controversial. Unlike ependymomas, which have a distinct cleavage plane, astrocytomas are diffuse infiltrative tumors. The intramedullary tumor database at NYU Medical Center was searched to identify all patients with intramedullary astrocytoma from 1988 to 1994. Seventeen patients presented with a(More)
Many neurosurgeons have made a practice of sectioning the S2 dorsal roots during selective posterior rhizotomy for the treatment of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy, but the efficacy of this treatment has not previously been proven. S2 afferents are involved in reflex arcs of the plantar flexors (PFs), so that S2 lesioning should in theory reduce(More)
PURPOSE Imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) using (18)F-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D: -glucose (FDG) plays an increasingly important role for response assessment in oncology. Several methods for quantifying FDG PET results exist. The goal of this study was to analyse and compare various semi-quantitative measures for response assessment with full kinetic(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic tumor volume assessment using positron-emission tomography [PET] may be of interest for both target volume definition in radiotherapy and monitoring response to therapy. It has been reported, however, that metabolic volumes derived from images of metabolic rate of glucose (generated using Patlak analysis) are smaller than those derived(More)
BACKGROUND [18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) is a valuable tool for monitoring response to therapy in oncology. In longitudinal studies, however, patients are not scanned in exactly the same position. Rigid and non-rigid image registration can be applied in order to reuse baseline volumes of interest (VOI) on(More)
Our purpose is to describe the incidence and clinical features of leptomeningeal dissemination (LM) in children with progressive low-grade neuroepithelial tumor (LGN). We have continuously tracked all patients with primary CNS tumors since 1986. Satisfactorily followed data were obtained on 427 of the 588 patients with localized LGN at diagnosis between(More)
Background: Metabolic tumour volume assessment using positron emission tomography (PET) may be of interest for both target volume definition in ra-diotherapy and monitoring response to therapy. It has been reported, however, that metabolic volumes derived from images of metabolic rate of glucose (generated using Patlak analysis) are smaller than those(More)
BACKGROUND The objectives of this phase I study were to determine the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics and efficacy of brivanib combined with full-dose cetuximab in patients with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies. METHODS Patients with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies who had failed prior therapies received brivanib (320, 600 or(More)
Successful implantation depends both on the quality of the embryo and on the endometrial receptivity. The latter depends on progesterone-induced changes in gene expression, a process that has been characterized by microarray analysis. One of the genes whose transcription appears to be enhanced during the receptive period is monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A). Our(More)