Samantha K. Hendren

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OBJECTIVE To measure sexual function and quality of life (QOL) after rectal cancer treatment. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Previous studies on sexual function after rectal cancer treatment have focused on males and have not used validated instruments. METHODS Patients undergoing curative rectal cancer surgery from 1980 to 2003 were administered a(More)
Patient navigation (PN) programs are being widely implemented to reduce disparities in cancer care for racial/ethnic minorities and the poor. However, few systematic studies cogently describe the processes of PN. We qualitatively analyzed 21 transcripts of semistructured exit interviews with three navigators about their experiences with patients who(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine which perioperative care practices are associated with decreased risk of surgical site infection (SSI) after colectomy surgery. BACKGROUND Optimization of perioperative care has been a common strategy for improving surgical safety, but the relationship between process measure compliance and surgical complication rates is(More)
Current data addressing the role of robotic surgery for the management of colorectal disease are primarily from single-institution and case-matched comparative studies as well as administrative database analyses. The purpose of this study was to compare minimally invasive surgery outcomes using a large regional protocol-driven database devoted to surgical(More)
IMPORTANCE Diverticulitis of the sigmoid colon is an increasingly common disease. Patterns of care and management guidelines have significantly evolved in recent years. OBJECTIVES To review and classify the primary data published since 2000 that are guiding decision making, technical considerations, and the outcomes of surgery for sigmoid diverticulitis.(More)
IMPORTANCE Diverticulitis is a common disease. Recent changes in understanding its natural history have substantially modified treatment paradigms. OBJECTIVE To review the etiology and natural history of diverticulitis and recent changes in treatment guidelines. EVIDENCE REVIEW We searched the MEDLINE and Cochrane databases for English-language articles(More)
BACKGROUND Early discharge after colectomy has been shown to be feasible in studies from specialty centers, but we hypothesized that benefits of early discharge might be offset by higher risk of readmission in the surgical community as a whole. Minimizing readmissions is a national health policy priority. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine whether(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical site infection (SSI) remains a costly and morbid complication after colectomy. The primary objective of this study was to investigate whether a group of perioperative care measures previously shown to be associated with reduced SSI would have an additive effect in SSI reduction. If so, this would support the use of an "SSI prevention(More)
PURPOSE The objective of this study was to determine complication rates and functional outcomes of females who underwent vaginectomy during anorectal tumor resection and to determine whether flap reconstruction of the vagina improves sexual function. METHODS A retrospective review was performed of all females who underwent multivisceral resections(More)
BACKGROUND There is limited high-quality evidence about the impact of patient navigation (PN) on outcomes for patients with diagnosed cancer. METHODS We pooled data from two sites from the national Patient Navigation Research Program. Patients (n = 438) with newly diagnosed breast (n = 353) or colorectal cancer (n = 85) were randomized to PN or usual(More)