Thomas James Polascik

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BACKGROUND To counsel patients adequately, it is important to understand the variables influencing satisfaction and regret following prostatectomy. OBJECTIVE To identify independent predictors for satisfaction and regret after radical prostatectomy. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Patients who had undergone retropubic radical prostatectomy (RRP) or(More)
PURPOSE Many advances have occurred during the last decade in the clinical use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) for detecting, staging and monitoring prostate cancer. We review the clinical usefulness and limitations of serum PSA as a tumor marker of prostate cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS The English language literature was reviewed with respect to the(More)
The up-regulation of rates of choline uptake and phosphorylation in certain malignancies has motivated the development of positron-labeled choline analogues for noninvasive detection of cancer using positron emission tomography (PET). The choline analogue, no-carrier-added [18F]fluoromethyl-dimethyl-2-hydroxyethyl-ammonium (FCH), was synthesized through the(More)
We reviewed the current salvage methods for patients with local recurrent prostate cancer after primary radiotherapy (RT), using a search of relevant Medline/PubMed articles published from 1982 to 2008, with the following search terms: 'radiorecurrent prostate cancer, local salvage treatment, salvage radical prostatectomy (RP), salvage cryoablation, salvage(More)
CONTEXT The incidence of localised prostate cancer is increasing worldwide. In light of recent evidence, current, radical, whole-gland treatments for organ-confined disease have being questioned with respect to their side effects, cancer control, and cost. Focal therapy may be an effective alternative strategy. OBJECTIVE To systematically review the(More)
PURPOSE Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is used for the metabolic evaluation of cancer. [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is commonly used as a radiotracer but its low cellular uptake rate in prostate cancer limits its usefulness. We evaluated the novel choline analog [18F]fluorocholine (FCH) for detecting androgen dependent and androgen independent(More)
OBJECTIVES Percutaneous perineal cryoablation of the prostate is a promising technique in the treatment armamentarium for clinically localized prostate carcinoma. We report our initial experience using a transrectal ultrasound-guided, third-generation, argon/helium cryosurgical system. METHODS From January 2002 to July 2005, 50 men underwent primary(More)
CONTEXT The increasing incidence of localised renal cell carcinoma (RCC) over the last 3 decades and controversy over mortality rates have prompted reassessment of current treatment. OBJECTIVE To critically review the recent data on the management of localised RCC to arrive at a general consensus. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION A Medline search was performed from(More)
To discuss the use of renal mass biopsy (RMB) for small renal masses (SRMs), formulate technical aspects, outline potential pitfalls and provide recommendations for the practicing clinician. The meeting was conducted as an informal consensus process and no scoring system was used to measure the levels of agreement on the different topics. A moderated(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the financial implications of how the costs of new minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopic robotic prostatectomy (LRP) and cryosurgical ablation of the prostate (CAP) technologies compare with those of conventional surgery. METHODS From January 2002 to July 2005, 452 consecutive patients underwent surgical treatment for(More)