Vincenzo Ravo

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PURPOSE Our aim is to demonstrate that a fractionated high-dose rate endobronchial brachytherapy (HDRBT) treatment is tolerable for patients with advanced (IIIA-IIIB) non-small cell lung cancer and gives an improvement of symptoms. Patients and Methods. From January 1992 to July 1997, we treated 320 patients with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and(More)
INTRODUCTION Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Europe and the US. Isolated metastases to skeletal muscle and the mandible are very uncommon. CASE PRESENTATION This report presents two cases. Case 1 concerns a 45-year-old Caucasian woman affected by muscle metastasis of the right thigh from non-small-cell lung cancer. Case 2(More)
BACKGROUND Adjuvant radiotherapy (RTE) still has a fundamental role as a post-operative treatment of locally advanced soft tissues sarcomas of the extremities. Moreover the employment of combined modalities in locally advanced soft tissues sarcomas of the extremities allow to maximize the chance of local cure even in difficult presentation cases, and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Preoperative chemoradiation allows downstaging of locally advanced rectal cancer and in selected patients also a sufficient downsizing to ensure sphincter preservation. Selection of patients warranting a preoperative approach is improved by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which is able to define the involvement of mesorectal(More)
INTRODUCTION This is an observational study and the aim is to evaluate the effect of dietary supplements based on Resveratrol, Lycopene, Vitamin C and Anthocyanins (Ixor®) in reducing skin toxicity due to external beam radiotherapy in patients affected by breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS 71 patients were enrolled and they were divided in two different(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to add, to the objective evaluation, an instrumental assessment of the skin damage induced by radiation therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS A group of 100 patients affected by breast cancer was recruited in the study over one year. Patients were divided into five groups of 20 patients. For each group it was(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer is the most common malignancy amongst elderly women. It represents the main cause of mortality for those women and it is steadily increasing. The primary therapeutic approach remains surgery, as in other age groups. The role of radiotherapy following surgery is still debated. The use of hypofractionated schedules is challenging the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS A minimal part of patients treated with radiotherapy on the entire breast may present an acute, subacute or chronic cutaneous damage of the healthy tissues involved in the radiation fields. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the most efficient topical hydrating treatment in the prevention of cutaneous radio-induced acute(More)
AIM Our aim was to evaluate retrospectively the role of the radiotherapy in the multi-disciplinary management of pain due to bone metastases. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 305 patients received radiotherapy with or without bisphosphonate and antalgic drugs. Tolerability and efficacy were evaluated using a Numerical Rating Scale, Pain Intensity(More)
Radiotherapy is crucial in the management of cancer patients in both the curative and palliative settings. However, patients often report pain both during positioning for, and execution of, radiotherapy and this may be a reason for interrupting the radiotherapy session. This observation is common even if the patient is undergoing baseline drug therapy for(More)