Steven E. Schild

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Neurocytomas gained importance since 1995, which is reflected by the increasing number of reports on this entity. This study was performed to determine the best available treatment for typical and atypical neurocytomas (MIB-1 labeling index >3%, atypical histology) in various age groups ( <or=18 years, >18 years). The data of all neurocytoma patients(More)
Complete resection (CTR) of meningeal melanocytomas results in better outcome than incomplete resection (ITR). After ITR, outcome is improved by radiotherapy. CTR is less frequent with spinal melanocytomas than with cerebral melanocytomas. This study of 49 spinal melanocytoma patients was performed to define an appropriate radiation dose after ITR. All(More)
Although central neurocytomas are generally described as benign CNS lesions, malignant behavior including craniospinal dissemination and tumor-related death may occur. This meta-analysis was performed to investigate the prognostic value of the MIB-1 labeling index. Data were obtained not from the literature alone but also from contact with the authors. The(More)
Most neurocytomas are well differentiated, being associated with better long-term survival than the more aggressive atypical lesions. Atypical neurocytomas are characterized by an MIB-1 labeling index >3% or atypical histologic features. This analysis focuses on well differentiated neurocytomas in order to define the optimal treatment. A case with a(More)
Over the past 20 years, several proton beam treatment programs have been implemented throughout the United States. Increasingly, the number of new programs under development is growing. Proton beam therapy has the potential for improving tumor control and survival through dose escalation. It also has potential for reducing harm to normal organs through dose(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to analyze patterns of care and to identify prognostic factors in patients at least 18 years of age who received radiotherapy for malignant pineal parenchymal tumors. METHODS In a multicenter, retrospective study, we analyzed data for 37 previously published cases and 64 patients treated at the participating(More)
OBJECTIVE The most appropriate treatment for a single brain metastasis is still controversial. This matched-pair analysis compared whole-brain irradiation plus radiosurgery (WBI+RS) to neurosurgical resection followed by whole-brain irradiation and a boost to the metastatic site (NR+WBI+B). METHODS The data of 46 patients treated with WBI+RS were matched(More)
Patients with cancer of unknown primary account for 10% of patients with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). This retrospective study was performed to identify prognostic factors for functional outcome, local control of MSCC, and survival in 175 of such patients treated with radiotherapy alone. Investigated were nine potential prognostic factors(More)
BACKGROUND The gold standard endpoint in clinical trials of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for lung cancer is overall survival. Although reliable and simple to measure, this endpoint takes years to observe. Surrogate endpoints that would enable earlier assessments of treatment effects would be useful. We assessed the correlations between potential surrogate(More)
BACKGROUND Elderly patients become more important in oncology. In this group, personalized treatment approaches taking into account survival prognoses and comorbidities play a major role. Predictive instruments are necessary to estimate the survival of elderly cancer patients. The importance of separate instruments for different tumor entities has been(More)