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OBJECTIVE The aim of this investigation was to determine whether radioguided occult lesion localization and routine wire localization differ in respect to the effectiveness of complete excision of nonpalpable breast cancer lesions. SUBJECTS AND METHODS This prospective randomized study included patients with breast cancer scheduled for conservative tumor(More)
We assessed the diagnostic yield of axillary ultrasound, alone or in combination with fine-needle aspiration axillary biopsy and magnetic resonance imaging in patients with invasive breast carcinoma compared with final axillary histology by sentinel node biopsy or by axillary lymph node dissection. From January 2003 to March 2009, 520 axillary ultrasound(More)
PURPOSE We present the preliminary findings of our in-house protocol treating the tumor bed alone after lumpectomy with low-dose-rate (LDR) interstitial brachytherapy in selected patients with early-stage breast cancer treated with breast-conserving therapy (BCT). METHODS AND MATERIALS Since March 1, 1993, 60 women with early-stage breast cancer were(More)
It has been suggested that selective sentinel node (SN) biopsy alone can be used to manage early breast cancer, but definite evidence to support this notion is lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate whether refraining from completion axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) suffices to produce the same prognostic information and disease control as(More)
BACKGROUND The established initial treatment of patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) consists of the administration of subcutaneous, weight adjusted, low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH). However, the use of the same LMWH dosages for patients with either DVT or PE is not supported by data from comparative studies. PATIENTS(More)
BACKGROUND Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) has been proposed as an alternative to axillary lymph-node dissection (ALND) in breast cancer. Before implementing SNB in our practice, we wished to test its validity by comparing it to the standard ALND, both in our hands and with other reported series. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred thirty-two patients were(More)
PURPOSE Roughly two-thirds of early breast cancer cases are associated with negative axillary nodes and do not benefit from axillary surgery at all. Accordingly, there is an ongoing search for non-surgical staging procedures to avoid lymph-node dissection or sentinel node biopsy (SNB). Non-invasive imaging techniques with very high sensitivity (Se) and(More)
UNLABELLED Behçet's disease (BD) is an idiopathic multisystem disorder. Involvement of the central nervous system (CNS) occurs in 4%-48% of cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate 99mTc-hexamethyl propyleneamine oxime (HMPAO) SPECT findings in BD patients and eventually to detect CNS involvement by depicting cerebral blood flow disturbances. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND As sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) becomes a new surgical standard in the treatment of patients with breast carcinoma, there is an emergent need for a fast and accurate method with which to assess the SN intraoperatively, so a decision can be made regarding whether to perform axillary lymph node dissection during primary surgery. In the current(More)
Purpose. To assess the potential role of 201Tl single photon emission tomography (201-Thallium SPECT) when compared to other imaging modalities in the evaluation of the response to therapy in high grade gliomas. Materials and methods. Twenty patients with histologically proved high grade glioma have been included: 15 with glioblastoma (GBM), 3 with(More)