Mandy van den Brink

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BACKGROUND Few prospective studies have been performed about the impact of preoperative radiotherapy (PRT) or total mesorectal excision (TME) on health-related quality of life (HRQL) and sexual functioning in patients with resectable rectal cancer. This report describes the HRQL and sexual functioning of 990 patients who underwent TME and were randomly(More)
PURPOSE To compare the societal costs and the (quality-adjusted) life expectancy of patients with rectal cancer undergoing total mesorectal excision (TME) with or without short-term preoperative radiotherapy (5 x 5 Gy). PATIENTS AND METHODS We used a Markov model to project the clinical and economic outcomes of preoperative radiotherapy. Data on local(More)
OBJECTIVES The feasibility and convergent validity of a cost diary and a cost questionnaire was investigated. METHODS Data were obtained as part of a cost-utility analysis alongside a multicenter clinical trial in patients with resectable rectal cancer. A sample of 107 patients from 30 hospitals was asked to keep a weekly diary during the first 3 months(More)
PURPOSE To document the clinical nature and prognosis of locally recurrent rectal cancer after total mesorectal excision (TME) with or without 5 x 5 Gy preoperative radiotherapy (PRT) and to identify patient-, disease-, and treatment-related factors associated with differences in prognosis after local recurrence. PATIENTS AND METHODS For 96 Dutch patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether children and adolescents can recall prior headache complaints accurately and to study whether age, gender, headache severity, preferred coping strategies, depression, somatization, and trait anxiety are related to recall errors, causing recall bias. METHODS A retrospective headache questionnaire and a prospective 4-week(More)
Segmented, filamentous bacteria (SFBs) are autochthonous, apathogenic inhabitants of the ileum of various animal species. Outbred Swiss (Cpb:SE) mice have significantly higher degrees of SFB colonization than do inbred BALB/c mice. The present studies were carried out to identify determinants of this strain difference. In a cross-fostering experiment it was(More)
Segmented filamentous bacteria (SFBs) are apathogenic autochthonous bacteria in the murine small intestine that preferentially attach to Peyer's patch epithelium. SFBs have never been cultured in vitro. We have studied the effects of SFBs on the immune system of the host. Mice monoassociated with SFBs were compared with germ-free mice and with mice without(More)
Segmented, filamentous bacteria (SFBs) form a group of bacteria with similar morphology and are identified on the basis of their morphology only. The relationships of these organisms are unclear as the application of formal taxonomic criteria is impossible currently due to the lack of an in vitro technique to culture SFBs. The intestine of laboratory(More)
PURPOSE To develop an accurate method to generate a dose-volume histogram (DVH) of the rectum wall, solely based on the outer contours of the rectum wall. METHODS AND MATERIALS A mathematical model for the rectum wall is developed, incorporating the stretching of the rectum wall due to variable rectal filling and neighboring structures. The model is based(More)
PURPOSES The purposes of this study were 1) to investigate the feasibility of using providers' administrative systems for the assessment of healthcare utilization in economic evaluations performed alongside multicenter studies, 2) to assess the convergent validity of patients' and providers' reports of care, and 3) to investigate whether differences between(More)