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BACKGROUND Although radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is promising for the local treatment of breast cancer, burns are a frequent complication. The safety and efficacy of a new technique with a bipolar RFA electrode was evaluated. METHODS Dosimetry was assessed ex vivo in bovine mammary tissue, applying power settings of 5-15 W with 10-20 min exposure and(More)
OBJECTIVES To outline the current role and future potential of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the management of oesophageal cancer regarding T-staging, N-staging, tumour delineation for radiotherapy (RT) and treatment response assessment. METHODS PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane library were searched identifying all articles related to the use of MRI(More)
Esophagectomy with esophagogastric anastomosis is a major procedure, and its most feared complication is anastomotic leakage. Ischemic conditioning of the stomach is a method used with the aim of reducing the risk of leakage. It consists of partial gastric devascularization through embolization or laparoscopy followed by esophagectomy and anastomosis at a(More)
BACKGROUND The primary objective of this study was to compare the change from baseline in mean diastolic ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) at 24 h post dose (trough measurement) after 8 weeks of treatment with irbesartan or valsartan in subjects with mild-to-moderate hypertension. Secondary objectives included comparing the mean changes from baseline in(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate management strategies and related outcomes for cervical versus intrathoracic manifestation of cervical anastomotic leakage after transthoracic esophagectomy for cancer with gastric conduit reconstruction. Patients with esophageal cancer undergoing transthoracic esophagectomy with cervical anastomosis from October 2003(More)
BACKGROUND Strategies for the treatment of recurrence after initial curative esophagectomy are increasingly being recognized. The aim of this study was to identify prognostic factors that affect survival in patients with recurrence and to evaluate treatment strategies. METHODS A prospective database (2003-2013) was used to collect consecutive patients(More)
Dyspnoea after pneumonectomy is considered to be rarely the result of an intracardiac shunt. We report on four patients who were suffering from the rare syndrome of breathlessness and hypoxaemia in the upright position after right pneumonectomy because of an open foramen ovale with a right to left shunt, although pressures in the right heart were normal.(More)
UNLABELLED A reliable prediction of a pathologic complete response (pathCR) to chemoradiotherapy before surgery for esophageal cancer would enable investigators to study the feasibility and outcome of an organ-preserving strategy after chemoradiotherapy. So far no clinical parameters or diagnostic studies are able to accurately predict which patients will(More)
Waiting time from diagnosis to treatment has emerged as an important quality indicator in cancer care. This study was designed to determine the impact of waiting time on long-term outcome of patients with esophageal cancer who are treated with neoadjuvant therapy followed by surgery or primary surgery. Patients who underwent esophagectomy for esophageal(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of (18)F-FDG PET and integrated (18)F-FDG PET/CT for diagnosing recurrent esophageal cancer after initial treatment with curative intent. METHODS The PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane library were systematically searched for all relevant literature using the key words "(18)F-FDG PET" and(More)