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PURPOSE To analyze the relationship between pre-treatment measurements of tumor oxygen tension (pO2) and survival in advanced head and neck cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eppendorf pO2 measurements in 397 patients from seven centers were analyzed using the fraction of pO2 values < or =2.5 mmHg (HP2.5), < or =5 mmHg (HP5) and median tumor pO2 (mmHg) as(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate potential prognostic factors for local control and survival after radiotherapy of metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS The following potential prognostic factors were investigated retrospectively in 1,852 patients irradiated for MSCC: age, sex, performance status, primary tumor, interval between tumor(More)
PURPOSE Patients with prostate cancer with metastatic spinal cord compression have better survival prognosis than other patients with MSCC and may live long enough to develop a local recurrence of MSCC. This study investigates prognostic factors and radiation schedules for functional outcome and local control of MSCC after radiotherapy in patients with(More)
PURPOSE To demonstrate the efficacy of radiochemotherapy (RCT) as the first choice of treatment for advanced unresectable head-and-neck cancer. To prove an expected benefit of simultaneously given chemotherapy, a two-arm randomized study with hyperfractionated accelerated radiochemotherapy (HF-ACC-RCT) vs. hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy(More)
The influence of patient immobilization error on 3D planned conformal radiation therapy in tumors of the thorax and pelvis was studied. The mean positioning error in 43 patients with carcinomas of the thorax and pelvis undergoing 3D conformal radiotherapy (laser supported alignment, no immobilization device) was measured. A total of 194 portal films were(More)
PURPOSE Despite a previously published randomized trial, controversy exists regarding the benefit of adding surgery to radiotherapy for metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). It is thought that patients with MSCC from relatively radioresistant tumors or tumors associated with poor functional outcome after radiotherapy alone may benefit from surgery.(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the repeatability and the predictive relevance of the pretreatment pO(2) histography on the survival of patients with advanced head and neck cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS From July 1995 to August 1998, polarographic pO(2) measurements of lymph node metastases before therapy were performed in altogether 60(More)
BACKGROUND This study evaluates the dose distribution of reversed planned tangential beam intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) compared to standard wedged tangential beam three-dimensionally planned conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) of the chest wall in unselected postmastectomy breast cancer patients METHODS For 20 unselected subsequent postmastectomy(More)
The uptake of 18F-Deoxyglucose (FDG) was studied in vivo in relation to the proliferation rate of human head and neck tumors. Forty-two patients with histologically proven squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck and four patients with metastases of head and neck tumors were examined with PET and FDG prior to surgery. In 35 of these patients, a flow(More)
PURPOSE To identify prognostic clinical and treatment related factors for local control, distant metastasis-free survival, and survival by means of a multivariate analysis in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck after concomitant boost radiochemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS From 1992 to 1995, 68 patients with squamous cell(More)