Yvette M. van der Linden

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BACKGROUND Adequate prediction of survival is important in deciding on treatment for patients with symptomatic spinal metastases. The authors reviewed 342 patients with painful spinal metastases without neurologic impairment who were treated conservatively within a large, prospectively randomized radiotherapy trial. Response to radiotherapy and prognostic(More)
PURPOSE The Dutch Bone Metastasis Study on the effect on painful bone metastases of 8 Gy single fraction (SF) vs. 24 Gy in multiple fractions (MF) showed 24% retreatment after SF vs. 6% after MF (p < 0.001). The purpose of the present study was to evaluate factors influencing retreatment and its effect on response. METHODS AND MATERIALS The database on(More)
Bone metastases, especially to the spine, are frequently encountered during the course of a malignancy. Due to a worldwide increase of cancer incidence and to a longer life expectancy of patients with cancer, a rise in incidence of bone metastases is observed. A brief historical overview is the base of a review of current treatment options. Despite new(More)
BACKGROUND Radiotherapy is an effective palliative treatment for cancer patients with painful bone metastases. Although single- and multiple-fraction radiotherapy are thought to provide equal palliation, which treatment schedule provides better value for the money is unknown. We compared quality-adjusted life expectancy (the overall valuation of the health(More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated screening for distress in terms of its ability to uncover unmet need for psychosocial services in cancer patients. Correlates of distress, need for services and met and unmet need for services were investigated. METHODS Immediately after cancer treatment (T1) and 2 months later (T2), 302 patients completed the Hopkins Symptom(More)
PURPOSE To update the international consensus on palliative radiotherapy endpoints for future clinical trials in bone metastases by surveying international experts regarding previous uncertainties within the 2002 consensus, changes that may be necessary based on practice pattern changes and research findings since that time. METHODS AND MATERIALS A(More)
PURPOSE Reirradiation of painful bone metastases in nonresponders or patients with recurrent pain after initial response is performed in up to 42% of patients initially treated with radiotherapy. Literature on the effect of reirradiation for pain control in those patients is scarce. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we quantify the effectiveness(More)
BACKGROUND Although repeat radiation treatment has been shown to palliate pain in patients with bone metastases from multiple primary origin sites, data for the best possible dose fractionation schedules are lacking. We aimed to assess two dose fractionation schedules in patients with painful bone metastases needing repeat radiation therapy. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Expected survival is a major factor influencing extent of treatment for symptomatic spinal bone metastases (SBM). Predictive models have been developed, but their use can lead to over- or undertreatment.. The study objective was to identify prognostic factors associated with survival in patients with symptomatic SBM and to create a validated risk(More)
AIMS To describe the characteristics and outcomes of cancer patients receiving Whole Brain Radiotherapy (WBRT) and delineate poor outcome groups after WBRT. MATERIALS AND METHODS From 1991 to 2007, 3459 patients receiving WBRT for brain metastases at three centres (in Australia and the Netherlands) were retrospectively reviewed. The effect of(More)