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BACKGROUND To assess the prevalence, severity and morbidity of dysphagia following concurrent chemoradiation for head and neck cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients who underwent chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck malignancies were evaluated for their ability to resume oral feeding following treatment. Modified barium swallow (MBS) studies were(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To identify physician selection factors in the treatment of locally advanced head and neck cancer and how treatment outcome is affected by Tumor Board recommendations. METHODS A retrospective analysis of 213 patients treated for locally advanced head and neck cancer in a single institution was performed. All treatments followed Tumor Board(More)
PURPOSE To compare the dosimetry of tomotherapy and the conventional half-beam technique (HBT) or non-split beam technique (NSBT) for target coverage and radiation dose to the lacrimal glands and lens. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective review of 7 patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy who had radiotherapy because of disease progression on high steroid(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the quality of life (QOL) associated with dysphagia after head-and-neck cancer treatment. METHODS AND MATERIALS Of a total population of 104, a retrospective analysis of 73 patients who complained of dysphagia after primary radiotherapy (RT), chemoradiotherapy, and postoperative RT for head-and-neck malignancies were evaluated. All(More)
By routinely and systematically being able to perform quantitative stem-loop reverse transcriptase followed by TaqMan PCR expression analysis on stool and tissue samples using fifteen human (Homo sapiens, hsa) micro(mi)RNA genes selected by careful analysis of the peer-reviewed literature, we were able to monitor changes at various stages of CRC, allowing(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We would like to assess the prevalence of aspiration before and following chemoradiation for head and neck cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS We reviewed retrospectively the Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) in 63 patients who underwent concurrent chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck cancer. MBS was performed prior to treatment to(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate the pattern of failure and the prognosis following pathological staging for uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC). PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective review was conducted of 22 patients with UPSC, treated between 1989 and 1998 at a single institution. All patients were surgically staged. Two patients with advanced disease(More)
BACKGROUND The occurrence of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is well known. However, there is lack of information in the literature in terms of the significance and impact of such phenomenon on the clinical course of these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We analyzed the clinical and laboratory features,(More)
To present proof-of-principle application for employing micro(mi)RNAs as diagnostic markers for colon cancer, we carried out global microarray expression studies on stool samples obtained from fifteen individuals (three controls, and three each with TNM stage 0-1, stage 2, stage 3, and stage 4 colon cancer), using Affymetrix GeneChip miRNA 3.0 Array, to(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to assess the survival, pattern of failure, morbidity, and prognostic factors of concurrent chemoradiation for locally advanced oropharyngeal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective survey of patients who underwent chemotherapy and radiation for locally advanced oropharyngeal carcinoma at the Veteran Affairs North(More)