M Mark De Ridder

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The burden of cancer is growing, and the disease is becoming a major economic expenditure for all developed countries. In 2008, the worldwide cost of cancer due to premature death and disability (not including direct medical costs) was estimated to be US$895 billion. This is not simply due to an increase in absolute numbers, but also the rate of increase of(More)
Recent studies identified a poor-prognosis stem/serrated/mesenchymal (SSM) transcriptional subtype of colorectal cancer (CRC). We noted that genes upregulated in this subtype are also prominently expressed by stromal cells, suggesting that SSM transcripts could derive from stromal rather than epithelial cancer cells. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed CRC(More)
BACKGROUND Scapula alata (SA) is a known complication of breast surgery associated with palsy of the serratus anterior, but it is seldom mentioned. We evaluated the risk factors associated with SA and the relationship of SA with ipsilateral shoulder/arm morbidity in a series of patients enrolled in a trial of post-surgery radiotherapy (RT). METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment of newly diagnosed GBM with postoperative RT and concomitant TMZ followed by 6 months of TMZ maintenance therapy has been shown to significantly improve overall survival compared with RT alone. Standard clinical assessments of these patients include Gd-MRI as well as neurologic evaluation. Frequently, patients exhibit immediate post-RT(More)
Histopathology is a cornerstone in the diagnosis of cervical cancer but the prognostic value is controversial. Women under active follow-up for histologically confirmed primary invasive cervical cancer were selected from the United States Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) 9-registries public use data 1973–2002. Only histologies with at(More)
Low-grade gliomas (LGG) are a group of uncommon neuroglial tumors of the central nervous system. They are characterized by a grade I or II according to the WHO classification. Grade I tumors are non-invasive and amenable to surgical resection with curative intent. Diffuse infiltrating LGG (WHO grade II) are tumors with a highly variable prognosis. Curative(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of helical tomotherapy in the treatment of oligometastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) patients who were not amenable for metastasectomy and/or (further) systemic treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS CRC patients with five or less metastases were enrolled. No limitations concerning dimension or localization of the(More)
PURPOSE Stereotactic radiosurgery using frame-based positioning is a well-established technique for the treatment of benign and malignant lesions. By contrast, a new trend toward frameless systems using image-guided positioning techniques is gaining mainstream acceptance. This study was designed to measure the detection and positioning accuracy of the(More)
PURPOSE We investigated the influence of beam modulation on treatment planning by comparing four available stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) modalities: Gamma-Knife-Perfexion, Novalis-Tx Dynamic-Conformal-Arc (DCA) and Dynamic-Multileaf-Collimation-Intensity-Modulated-radiotherapy (DMLC-IMRT), and Cyberknife. MATERIAL AND METHODS Patients with arteriovenous(More)
PURPOSE To assess the internal organ motion of the cervix and uterus by megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) during intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). METHODS AND MATERIALS Ten patients with Stage IIB-IVA cervical cancer underwent daily MVCT imaging. Internal organ motion was evaluated on 150 pretreatment MVCT images by measuring shifts in their(More)