Rikard Wedin

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We assessed the survival after surgery in 153 patients with extremity metastases and 88 with spinal metastases. The survival rate for the whole series of 241 patients was 0.30 at 1 year, 0.15 at 2, and 0.08 at 3 years. The 1-year survival rate was the same for the extremity metastases group and the spinal group. Univariate analysis showed that 1-year(More)
We report positive and negative factors associated with the most commonly-used methods of reconstruction after pathological fracture of the proximal femur. The study was based on 142 patients treated surgically for 146 metastatic lesions between 1996 and 2003. The local rate of failure was 10.3% (15 of 146). Of 37 operations involving osteosynthetic(More)
This study was based on 192 patients treated surgically for 228 metastatic lesions of the long bones from 1986 through 1995. The survival rate was 0.3 at 1 year after surgery. The surgical treatment consisted of resection and reconstruction of the involved bone (18), intralesional curettage (133), or stabilization only (77). Reconstruction was achieved by(More)
INTRODUCTION The assessment of the prognosis for the individual patient is important for the choice of surgical treatment of skeletal metastases. In 1999 the Scandinavian Sarcoma Group (SSG) initiated the Skeletal Metastasis Register as a multicentric, prospective study to provide a scientific basis for treatment recommendations. To improve prognostication(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate estimations of life expectancy are important in the management of patients with metastatic cancer affecting the extremities, and help set patient, family, and physician expectations. Clinically, the decision whether to operate on patients with skeletal metastases, as well as the choice of surgical procedure, are predicated on an(More)
Activation of the GLI oncogene is an important step in the sonic hedgehog signaling pathway, and leads to, eg, tissue-specific cell proliferation during embryogenesis. GLI activity in adult tissues is restricted, but has been identified in various neoplasms, as a result of mutations in the PTCH (patched) or SMOH (smoothened) genes, encoding components of(More)
The number of cancer patients living with metastatic disease is growing. The increased survival has led to an increase in the number of cancer-induced complications, such as pathologic fractures due to bone metastases. Surgery is most commonly needed for mechanical complications, such as fractures and intractable pain. We determined survival, disease free(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this article was to assess the occurrence of symptomatic bone metastases in a defined population of patients with breast carcinoma and to characterize the clinical outcome with reference to surgical treatment for pathologic fracture or neurologic deficit. METHODS The authors identified all patients in the Stockholm Breast(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES In metastatic disease, decisions regarding potential surgery require reliable data about the patient's survival. In this study, we evaluated different prognostic factors and their impact in four common primary tumors causing bone metastases. METHODS Data were acquired from the Scandinavian Sarcoma Group (SSG) metastasis registry.(More)
BACKGROUND The humerus is the second most common long-bone site of metastatic bone disease. We report complications, risk factors for failure, and survival of a large series of patients operated on for skeletal metastases of the humerus. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was based on 208 patients treated surgically for 214 metastatic lesions of the(More)