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Construction works in healthcare establishments produce airborne fungal spores and considerably increase the risk of exposure of immunosuppressed patients. It is necessary to reinforce protective measures, or even to implement specific precautions, during this critical phase. The aim of these precautions is to protect both those areas, which are susceptible to dust, and patients at risk of a fungal infection particularly invasive aspergillosis. When construction works are planned in healthcare establishments, the first step consists in the characterisation of the environmental fungal risk and the second one in proposing risk management methods. It is then essential to establish impact indicators in order to evaluate the risk management precautions applied. The working group promoted by the French societies of medical mycology and hospital hygiene (SFMM & SF2H) details here both environmental and epidemiological impact indicators that can be used. © 2012.

Noel G.,CLCC Paul Strauss | Huchet A.,Bordeaux University Hospital Center | Feuvret L.,CHU Pitie Salpetriere | Maire J.P.,Bordeaux University Hospital Center | And 20 more authors.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2012

Purpose of this study was to determine the effect of waiting time for radiotherapy on overall survival of patients with glioblastoma treated in the EORTC-NCIC trial at 18 centers in France. A total of 400 adult patients with glioblastoma who were treated between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006 were included. There were 282 patients with "minimum criteria" according to the EORTC-NCIC trial: (i) concurrent chemotherapy with temozolomide; and (ii) age between 18 and 70 years old. Among these patients, 229 were treated with adjuvant temozolomide and were classified as "maximal criteria". One-hundred and eighteen patients were in the "without minimal criteria" group. Waiting time from the first symptom (FS-RT), pathology diagnosis (P-RT), multidisciplinary meeting (MM-RT), surgery (S-RT), and CT scan for delineation (CT-RT) until the start of radiotherapy were recorded. Median follow-up for all patients was 327 days. Overall, median FS-RT, P-RT, MM-RT, CT-RT, and S-RT times were 77, 36, 32, 12, and 41 days, respectively. Median, and 12 and 24-month overall survival were 409 days, and 56.3 ± 2.1 % and 27.6 ± 2.6 %, respectively. Univariate analysis failed to reveal a difference in survival, irrespective of the delay. In multivariate analysis, independent favorable prognostic factors for overall survival were age (p ≤ 0.0001) and type of surgery (p = 0.0006). In this large series treated during the EORTC-NCIC protocol period, waiting time until radiotherapy did not seem to affect patient outcome. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Vigneron C.,CLCC Paul Strauss | Antoni D.,CLCC Paul Strauss | Coca A.,Service de Neurochirurgie | Entz-Werle N.,Service dOncologie Pediatrique | And 9 more authors.
Cancer/Radiotherapie | Year: 2016

Purpose: Retrospective analysis of the results of 52 children irradiated for a medulloblastoma. Patients and methods: Between 1974 and 2012, 52 children with an average age of 6 years and a half (11 months-17 years and a half) were treated with surgery then with radiotherapy at the Comprehensive Cancer Centre of Strasbourg (France). For 44 children, the treatment consisted of a chemotherapy. Results: After a mean follow-up of 106.6 months (7-446 months), 13 relapses and 24 deaths were observed. Overall survival at 5 years and 10 years were 62% and 57%, respectively. Disease-free survival at 5 years and 10 years were 80% and 63%, respectively. Univariate analysis found the following adverse prognostic factors: the existence of a postoperative residue, the positivity of the cerebrospinal fluid, the metastatic status and medulloblastoma of high-risk. Positivity of the cerebrospinal fluid remains a negative factor in multivariate analysis. Conclusion: These results confirm the survival rate obtained by a conventional approach (surgery then irradiation). Insufficiency of results and rarity of medulloblastoma require the establishment of international protocols. © 2016.

Petit T.,CLCC Paul Strauss | Wilt M.,CLCC Paul Strauss | Velten M.,CLCC Paul Strauss | Rodier J.-F.,CLCC Paul Strauss | And 3 more authors.
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment | Year: 2010

Absence of hormonal receptors (HR) expression is a predictive factor of high pathologic complete response (pCR) rate after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy. However, HR-positive tumors are less chemosensitive. In the present study, we evaluated the predictive value of estrogen (ER) and progesterone (PgR) semi-quantitative expression in patients with HR-positive tumors treated uniformly with antracycline-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy without hormonal treatment. Value of HR expression as a predictive factor was then evaluated in a multivariate analysis with tumor grade, Ki67 index and HER2 expression. From January 2000 and December 2006, 177 patients with HR-positive breast ductal invasive carcinoma -2 cm in its largest diameter were treated with six cycles of an anthracycline-based neo-adjuvant chemotherapy. Tumor grade, ER, PgR, HER2 status and Ki67 index were determined on microbiopsy performed before chemotherapy. A semi-quantitative evaluation of ER and PgR expression by IHC was performed using the Barnes'score. pCR rate was significantly different (P < 0.001) according to the ER expression score. pCR rate was 28% for low score, 9% for medium score and 3% for high score. On the contrary, pCR rate was not significantly different (P = 0.49) according to the PgR expression score. In the multivariate analysis, ER expression score (P = 0.0002) and Ki67 index (P = 0.02) were the only predictive factors of response for HR-positive tumors. pCR after anthracycline-based chemotherapy is significantly correlated with the ER expression score. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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