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BACKGROUND Determine the role of surgery and radiation therapy for patients with malignant CNS ependymomas. METHODS The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database (1973-2005) was queried. RESULTS Overall, a total of 2408 cases of malignant ependymomas were identified. Of these, 2132 cases (88.5%) were identified as WHO grade II(More)
PURPOSE To identify , within the framework of a current Phase I trial, whether factors related to intraprostatic cancer lesions (IPLs) or individual patients predict the feasibility of high-dose intraprostatic irradiation. METHODS AND MATERIALS Endorectal coil MRI scans of the prostate from 42 men were evaluated for dominant IPLs. The IPLs, prostate, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine incidence trends and outcomes for pediatric patients with malignant breast disease. METHODS The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry was examined for all females 19 years of age and younger diagnosed with a malignant breast tumor between 1973 and 2004. RESULTS A total of 75 patients with malignant breast tumors(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of surgery on gastrointestinal lymphoma. METHODS The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database was queried from 1973 to 2005. RESULTS A total of 17,222 cases of PGIL were identified. The overall incidence of PGIL was approximately 1.505 cases per 100,000. A significantly increasing incidence for PGIL(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare treatment patterns and long-term outcomes between teaching and community hospitals treating patients with infiltrating ductal carcinoma (IDC). METHODS All IDCs from the Florida Cancer Data System from 1994 to 2000 were examined. RESULTS Overall, 24,834 operative cases of IDC were identified. Teaching hospitals treated 11.3% of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the scientific impact of women in the surgical literature. METHODS Gender of the principal investigator of every abstract presented at the 2002, 2003, and 2004 annual meetings of the Association for Academic Surgery and Society of University Surgeons was identified by internet search. Resulting publications were identified using(More)
OBJECTIVE Determine the role of surgery for patients with malignant abdominal mesotheliomas (MAMs). METHODS The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database (1973-2005) was queried. RESULTS Overall, 10,589 cases of malignant mesotheliomas were identified. Of these, 9,211 cases were thoracic (TM) and 1,112 cases were MAM (10.5%). Patients(More)
BACKGROUND TO THE DEBATE Several studies have found disparities in the outcome of medical procedures across different hospitals--better outcomes have been associated with higher procedure volume. An Institute of Medicine workshop found such a "volume-outcome relationship" for two types of cancer surgery: resection of the pancreas and esophagus(More)
Shortly after the onset of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic in the 1980s, reports of radiation-associated toxicity in patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS began to appear in the medical literature. Although the majority of reports have focused on AIDS-defining malignancies such as Kaposi sarcoma,(More)
With almost $35 billion appropriated in government incentives and additional funds spent in development by institutions, the concept of an electronic patient record (EPR) within integrated health information technology (HIT) systems has taken the United States by storm. However, the United Kingdom's expensive struggle to implement a seamless EPR highlights(More)