Mariette Mercier

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BACKGROUND We conducted a multicenter, randomized trial to compare preoperative chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery with surgery alone in patients with stage I and II squamous-cell cancer of the esophagus. METHODS The preoperative combined therapy consisted of two one-week courses; each involved radiotherapy, in a dose of 18.5 Gy delivered in five(More)
BACKGROUND Measuring health status in a population is important for the evaluation of interventions and the prediction of health and social care needs. Quality of life (QoL) studies are an essential complement to medical evaluation but most of the tools available in this area are in English. In order to evaluated QoL in rural and urban areas in Lebanon, the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to determine factors associated with in-hospital mortality among patients after general thoracic surgery and to construct a risk model. METHODS Data from a nationally representative thoracic surgery database were collected prospectively between June 2002 and July 2005. Logistic regression analysis was used to predict(More)
BACKGROUND Prolongation of chemotherapy duration, usually referred to as maintenance chemotherapy, has been considered as an approach to improve survival of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). If the maintenance regimen differs from the induction regimen, patients will receive not only higher total doses of chemotherapy but also(More)
Patient satisfaction is now recognised as an important quality of care outcome which is particularly relevant in oncology. Adapted from the EORTC In-Patsat32, the Out-Patsat35 is a 35-item satisfaction with care questionnaire measuring cancer outpatients' perception of hospital doctors and nurses, as well as aspects of care organisation and services. This(More)
BACKGROUND Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has been implicated as an oncogene in several neoplastic diseases. However, the biological effects of STAT3 have not been extensively studied in rectal carcinogenesis. AIMS To evaluate STAT3 activation in advanced rectal cancers and its association with clinicopathological variables and(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the responsiveness of the European Organization for Research and Treatment (EORTC) quality of life questionnaires (QLQ-C30, QLQ-CR38) and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-colorectal version 4 questionnaire (FACT-C). METHOD This prospective study included 127 patients with colorectal cancer: 71(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this prospective study, based on the completion of the short form health survey questionnaire (SF36) before and 1-year after open heart surgery, was threefold: to evaluate the changes in quality of life (QOL) after open heart surgery, to determine the factors influencing QOL, and to assess the relation between preoperative QOL and(More)
The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with satisfaction with care in cancer patients undergoing ambulatory treatment. We investigated associations between patients' baseline clinical and socio-demographic characteristics, as well as self-reported quality of life, and satisfaction with care. Patients undergoing ambulatory chemotherapy or(More)
The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 22861 randomised trial established that combined radiochemotherapy is the standard treatment for locally advanced anal cancer. This EORTC phase II study (#22953) tests the feasibility of reducing the gap between sequences to 2 weeks, to deliver Mitomycin C (MMC) in each radiotherapy(More)