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PURPOSE To determine the maximum-tolerated dose of tirapazamine when combined with cisplatin and radiation in patients with T3/4 and/or N2/3 squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. PATIENTS AND METHODS The starting schedule was conventionally fractionated radiotherapy (70 Gy in 7 weeks) with concomitant cisplatin 75 mg/m2 and tirapazamine 290 mg/m2(More)
From 1960 through 1981, 15 patients with cerebellar medulloblastoma, aged 16 years or over, were referred for irradiation following surgery. All patients received craniospinal irradiation; three patients received adjuvant chemotherapy. Five-year and 10-year survival rates of 63% and 38%, respectively, were obtained. The main cause of treatment failure was(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the survival of a series of patients diagnosed as having brain stem tumors by computerized tomography scan, magnetic resonance imaging and/or biopsy and treated with megavoltage irradiation. Fifty-three patients presenting to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute with a diagnosis of brain stem tumor from January 1980 to(More)
BACKGROUND Management of patients with head and neck carcinoma and advanced nodal disease is controversial. The purpose of this analysis was to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of definitive radiotherapy followed by planned neck dissection in patients with bulky neck disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS The records of 52 patients who were treated between 1989(More)
Fifty-one patients with recurrent or advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck received carboplatin 70 mg/m2/day bolus X 5 days i.v. and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) 1000 mg/m2/day by continuous infusion i.v. for 5 days as initial chemotherapy. There were four complete responders (CR) and 12 partial responders (PR). Durations of CR were 6.8 months,(More)
In patients with cervical node metastases from an unknown primary malignancy, there is unresolved controversy regarding the utility of elective irradiation of putative pharyngeal primary sites as part of the management plan. We analysed the experience of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute to assess the risk of withholding mucosal irradiation in relation(More)
BACKGROUND Outpatient therapy of patients with acute pulmonary embolism has been shown to be safe in carefully selected patients. Problems related to the injection of low-molecular-weight heparin at home can be overcome by use of novel oral anticoagulants. The purpose of this investigation is to assess the prevalence of home treatment in the era of novel(More)
The electrocardiographic (ECG) findings in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) and no previous cardiopulmonary disease are well documented; however, investigation of the relation of ECG abnormalities to right ventricular (RV) enlargement has been limited. The purpose of the present investigation was to assess further the relation of ECG changes in acute(More)
BACKGROUND As with many uncommon diseases, data in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension are sparse in regard to emergency service visits, hospitalizations, and mortality. The purpose of this investigation is to assess the scope of the problem of Group 1 pulmonary arterial hypertension in adults in the US and trends from 2001 to 2007. METHODS The(More)
The authors present 3 years of experience in using digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRR) for radiotherapy planning and verification. Comparison is made with simulation film (SF), to illustrate the advantages of DRR over SF. Emphasis is placed on using the appropriate equipment and applying the correct technique. A brief discourse on the principle of CT(More)