Nizar M. Tannir

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BACKGROUND The recent development of multiple targeted agents for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) has changed the treatment paradigm; hence the benefit and optimal timing of cytoreductive nephrectomy is being reevaluated. OBJECTIVE To determine primary tumor response to treatment with targeted agents in patients with mRCC. DESIGN, SETTING, AND(More)
PURPOSE To report the safety, technical success, and effectiveness of percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation for renal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the medical records and imaging studies of 29 consecutive patients (18 men, 11 women; mean age, 65 +/- 2.62 years) with 30 renal tumors (mean diameter, 3.5 +/- 0.24 cm)(More)
BACKGROUND Cabozantinib is an oral, small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) as well as MET and AXL, each of which has been implicated in the pathobiology of metastatic renal-cell carcinoma or in the development of resistance to antiangiogenic drugs. This randomized, open-label, phase 3 trial(More)
PURPOSE Clinical features characteristic of small-cell prostate carcinoma (SCPC), "anaplastic," often emerge during the progression of prostate cancer. We sought to determine the efficacy of platinum-based chemotherapy in patients meeting at least one of seven prospectively defined "anaplastic" clinical criteria, including exclusive visceral or(More)
OBJECTIVE This educational review focuses on the staging and radiologic evaluation of renal cell carcinoma. It includes discussion of the epidemiology, pathology, and therapeutic options of renal cell carcinoma and the implications for radiologic follow-up. CONCLUSION The incidence of renal cell carcinoma has been increasing. Imaging plays a central role(More)
Elucidation of tumor-DNA virus associations in many cancer types has enhanced our knowledge of fundamental oncogenesis mechanisms and provided a basis for cancer prevention initiatives. RNA-Seq is a novel tool to comprehensively assess such associations. We interrogated RNA-Seq data from 3,775 malignant neoplasms in The Cancer Genome Atlas database for the(More)
PURPOSE To assess safety and efficacy of presurgical bevacizumab in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC), and to explore the hypothesis that pretreatment of patients with antiangiogenic therapy will select patients who benefit most from cytoreductive nephrectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with newly diagnosed, clear cell mRCC whose(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated cytokines and angiogenic factors (CAFs) in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) treated in a randomized phase II clinical trial of sorafenib versus sorafenib+ interferon-α (IFN-α) that yielded no differences in progression-free survival (PFS). We aimed to link the CAF profile to PFS and select candidate predictive(More)
BACKGROUND In metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients treated with targeted agents and their primary tumor (PT) in situ, early PT decrease in size correlates with improved overall PT response, but the effect on overall survival (OS) is unknown. OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether early PT size reduction is associated with improved OS in patients with(More)
PURPOSE Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is the most common symptom in patients with advanced cancer. The primary objective of this prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to compare the effect of dexamethasone and placebo on CRF. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with advanced cancer with ≥ three CRF-related symptoms (ie, fatigue,(More)