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BACKGROUND Determine the effects of race, socioeconomic status, and treatment on outcomes for patients diagnosed with lung cancer. METHODS The Florida cancer registry and inpatient and ambulatory data were queried for patients diagnosed from 1998-2002. RESULTS A total 76,086 of lung cancer patients were identified. Overall, 55.6% were male and 44.4%(More)
BACKGROUND Lung cancer is the second most common neoplasm and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In cancer, weight loss and obesity are associated with reduced survival. However, the effect of obesity or weight loss at presentation on lung cancer survival has not been well studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS Using an extensive cancer(More)
Objective Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) remains the breast malignancy with the worst prognosis. We sought to determine the effects of race, socioeconomic status and treatment on outcomes for women with IBC. Study design The Florida cancer registry, inpatient and ambulatory data were queried for patients diagnosed from 1998 to 2002. Results A total of 935(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the outcomes of solid tumors of the colon and rectum in pediatric patients. METHODS The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database (1973-2005) was queried for patients less than 20 y of age. RESULTS Overall, 270 patients with malignant tumors of the lower gastrointestinal tract were identified. The annual incidence(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Recent clinical trials suggest that subfascial (sometimes termed subepineural) injections result in faster block onset and success compared with conventional techniques. This prospective, randomized, observer-blinded study measured and compared the 3-dimensional spread pattern and volume of perineural local anesthetic (LA) in(More)
BACKGROUND The authors sought to understand the effect of patient sex, race, and socioeconomic status (SES) on outcomes for bladder cancer. METHOD The Florida Cancer Data System and the Agency for Health Care Administration data sets (1998-2003) were merged and queried. Survival outcomes for patients with bladder cancer were compared between different(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to define the effects of socioeconomic status (SES) and other demographic variables on outcomes for patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS Florida cancer registry and inpatient hospital data were queried for pancreatic adenocarcinoma diagnosed from 1998 to 2002. RESULTS In total, 16,104 patients were(More)
BACKGROUND Burn injury results in a chronic inflammatory, hypermetabolic, and hypercatabolic state persisting long after initial injury and wound healing. Burn survivors experience a profound and prolonged loss of lean body mass, fat mass, and bone mineral density, associated with significant morbidity and reduced quality of life. Understanding the(More)
BACKGROUND To examine the incidence, characteristics, and outcomes for second malignancies following the diagnosis of a primary solid tumor in pediatric patients. METHODS The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database was queried from 1973 to 2005, excluding recurrences, in patients <20 y. RESULTS A total of 31,685 cases of pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND We studied the outcomes of pediatric extremity tumors on a population scale. METHODS The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database (1973-2006) was queried for all patients under 20 y of age. RESULTS Overall, 1175 patients were identified. The median age at diagnosis was 12 y, but most patients were ≥10 y of age (72%, n = 842). Most(More)