Thomas W Ratliff

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The number of new cases of renal cell carcinoma has been steadily increasing since the 1960s, reaching 62,000 and 89,000 annually in the United States and Europe, respectively, in 2016. The current standard of care for early-stage disease is nephron-sparing surgery, which has a demonstrated long-term disease-free survival and an acceptable safety profile.(More)
Neuroendocrine tumors comprise a broad family of tumors, the most common of which are carcinoid and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. The NCCN Neuroendocrine Tumors Guidelines discuss the diagnosis and management of both sporadic and hereditary neuroendocrine tumors. Most of the recommendations pertain to well-differentiated, low- to intermediate-grade(More)
Despite the overall cure rate now in excess of 90%, innovation in management of germ cell tumors continues. The report that 80% of patients with extragonadal germ cell tumors have either carcinoma in situ or atrophic tubules as evidence of tumor rejection emphasizes the need to investigate the testis in patients with undiagnosed primary cancer because even(More)
7513 Background: Metastasis to lymph nodes (LN) connotes poor prognosis in NSCLC. Sufficient LN must be examined to accurately determine LN negativity. Patients with no LN examined (pNx) may be incompletely staged and erroneously assigned to a low risk group. To evaluate this possibility, we compared the survival of patients with node negative disease and(More)
10565 Background: Data from 3 large randomized trials documenting the efficacy of T in the adjuvant setting were reported at ASCO 2005, and subsequently published in NEJM 2005; 353: (16) pp 1659-72 and 1673-1684 . We decided to offer T, and attempted to assess patients' characteristics that influence its acceptance, in a subgroup of HER2 + patients that had(More)
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