Ulrike Heberling

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OBJECTIVES Radical cystectomy is the preferred standard treatment for patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer. With improvements in intra- and perioperative care lower complication rates have been reported. We retrospectively evaluated our series of patients who underwent radical cystectomy for advanced bladder cancer for perioperative complications as(More)
UNLABELLED Adding chemotherapy to radical cystectomy (RC) may improve outcome. Neoadjuvant treatment is advocated by guidelines based on meta-analysis data but is severely underused in clinical practice. Adjuvant treatment of patients at risk could be an alternative. We analyzed a sample of 798 patients who underwent RC between 1993 and 2011 for high-risk(More)
UNLABELLED The extent of lymph node dissection in radical cystectomy is a subject of controversy. A more extended dissection has been reported to be associated with superior survival. We analyzed the relationship between the lymph node count and different causes of death in a sample of 735 patients who underwent radical cystectomy for recurrent or(More)
Radical cystectomy (RC) is a major surgical procedure accompanied with meaningful complications and countable perioperative mortality. To identify the risk factors predicting the perioperative morbidity and mortality is essential. The study aimed to identify relevant, patient-specific factors associated with 90-day mortality following RC, which may serve as(More)
The impact of smoking on mortality among patients with bladder cancer is subject to controversy. We investigated 1000 patients who consecutively underwent radical cystectomy between 1993 and 2013. Proportional hazards models for competing risks were used to study the combined effects of variables on mortality. Compared to nonsmokers, current smokers were(More)
To investigate the recently described Lee mortality index as predictor of mortality after radical cystectomy. A total of 735 patients who underwent radical cystectomy for bladder cancer between 1993 and 2010 were studied. Median patient age was 67 years and the median follow-up was 7.8 years (censored patients). The Lee mortality index was assigned based on(More)
Cytokeratin 20 (CK20) and insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) were previously proposed to be elevated in clinical samples from patients with bladder cancer (BCa). A two cohort design validation study was used to assess the relevance for BCa detection by transcript quantitation of both markers in urine samples. Their diagnostic value was assessed in(More)
A 68-year-old man presented with synchronous metastatic penile and prostate cancer. 68Ga-labeled prostate-specific membrane antigen-targeted ligand positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PSMA-PET/CT) revealed tracer uptake in inguinal, pelvic, and retroperitoneal metastases. Lymph node biopsies and immunohistochemical staining revealed that both(More)
Standardized prediction of perioperative mortality risk is of major clinical concern in the radical cystectomy setting. We validated the recently developed Preoperative Score to Predict Postoperative Mortality (POSPOM) in a sample of 1083 consecutive cystectomy patients treated between 1993 and 2014. POSPOM was calculated as originally described based on(More)