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Donahue T.F.,John rtha Cancer Center | Cha E.K.,Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Bochner B.H.,Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Current Urology Reports | Year: 2016

Parastomal hernias (PH) represent a clinically significant problem for many patients after radical cystectomy and ileal conduit diversion. The prevalence may be as high as 60 % and in some series, up to 30 % of patients require surgical intervention due to the complications of pain, poor fit of an ostomy appliance, leakage, urinary obstruction, and bowel obstruction or strangulation. Due to the potential morbidity associated with PH repair, there have been efforts to prevent PH development at the time of the index surgery. Four randomized trials of prophylactic mesh placement at the time of colostomy and ileostomy stoma formation have demonstrated significant reductions in PH rates with acceptably low complication rates. In this review, we describe the clinical and radiographic definitions of PH, the clinical impact and risk factors behind its development, and the rationale behind prophylactic mesh placement for patients undergoing ileal conduit urinary diversion. Additionally, we report our experience with prophylactic mesh placed at radical cystectomy at our institution. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Theeler B.J.,John rtha Cancer Center | Ellezam B.,University of Montreal | Sadighi Z.S.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Mehta V.,Baylor College of Medicine | And 4 more authors.
Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2014

Background Adult pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are rare and have an aggressive clinical course compared with pediatric patients. Constitutive Ras/RAF/MAPK signaling appears to be an important oncogenic event in sporadic PA. We evaluated clinical data and molecular profiles of adult PAs at our institution. Methods We identified 127 adult PAs in our institutional database. Cases with available tissue were tested for BRAF-KIAA1549 fusion/duplication (B-K fusion) by fluorescence in situ hybridization and submitted for mutation profiling using the Sequenom mutation profiling panel. Subgroup analyses were performed based on clinical and molecular data. Results The majority of adult PAs are supratentorial. Twenty-two percent of cases had an initial pathologic diagnosis discordant with the diagnosis made at our institution. Recurrence was seen in 42% of cases, and 13% of patients died during follow-up. Adjuvant radiotherapy following surgical resection was associated with a statistically significant decrease in progression-free survival (P =. 004). B-K fusion was identified in 20% (9 of 45) of patients but was not associated with outcome. No BRAF V600E mutations (0 of 40 tested) were found. Conclusion This was the largest single institution series of adult PA. A significant proportion of adult PAs follow an aggressive clinical course. Our results support a period of observation following biopsy or surgical resection. B-K fusion in adult PA does not influence outcome, and BRAF V600E mutation appears to be a very rare event. Further study of tumor biology and optimal treatment is needed, given a more aggressive clinical behavior. © 2014 The Author(s).


Theeler B.J.,John rtha Cancer Center | Ellezam B.,University of Montreal | Yust-Katz S.,University of Houston | Slopis J.M.,University of Houston | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Neurology | Year: 2014

Astrocytic tumors, especially optic pathway pilocytic astrocytomas, are common in pediatric NF1 patients. High-grade gliomas (HGGs) appear to be rare in adult and pediatric NF1 patients. This is a series of five consecutive, adult NF1 patients with recurrent HGGs treated at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Four patients met consensus clinical criteria for NF1 and one patient had presumed segmental NF1. Three patients had glioblastomas, one gliosarcoma, and one progressive, enhancing optic pathway glioma which was not biopsied. Two tumors had molecular testing performed; both were IDH wild type and activating oncogene mutations (1 BRAFV600E and 1 PIK3CA mutation) were found in these tumors. All five patients received bevacizumab-containing regimens at tumor recurrence. The median number of 4-week cycles of bevacizumab was 20. All five patients experienced prolonged post-recurrence survival following bevacizumab treatment ranging from ten to 72 months. The median overall survival from HGG diagnosis was 72.6 months with three patients alive and progression free at last follow-up. Three out of five patients developed vascular complications leading to bevacizumab discontinuation. In this case series, adult NF1 patients with recurrent HGGs had prolonged, post-recurrence survival after treatment with bevacizumab-containing regimens. Based on these results, further study of antiangiogenic therapy in NF1 patients with HGGs and bevacizumab-response in sporadic HGG patients with NF1-mutated tumors is warranted. © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Lee S.,The Surgical Center | Lee S.,John rtha Cancer Center | Ryu H.,The Surgical Center | Morris L.F.,The Surgical Center | And 5 more authors.
Annals of Surgical Oncology | Year: 2014

Background: Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy (MIP) is a targeted operation to cure primary hyperparathyroidism utilizing intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring (IOPTH). The purpose of this study was to quantify the operative failure of MIP. Methods: Utilizing institutional parathyroid surgery database, demographic, operative, and biochemical data were analyzed for successful and failed MIP. Operative failure was defined as <6 months of eucalcemia after operation. Results: Five hundred thirty-eight patients (96.6 %) had successful MIP with mean follow-up of 13 months, and 19 (3.4 %) had operative failure. The major cause of operative failure (11 of 19) was the result of surgeons' inability to identify all abnormal parathyroid glands. The remaining eight operative failures were the result of falsely positive IOPTH results. Eleven of 19 patients whose MIP had failed underwent a second parathyroid surgery. All but one of these patients achieved operative success, and 9 patients had missed multigland disease. Only 46 (8.3 %) of 557 patients had conversion to bilateral cervical exploration (BCE). Eighty percent of patients had more than 70 % IOPTH decrease, and all had successful operations. Patients with a marginal IOPTH decrease (50-59 %) had a treatment failure rate of 20 %. Conclusions: The most common cause of operative failure in MIP utilizing IOPTH was the result of surgeons' failure to identify all abnormal parathyroid glands. Falsely positive IOPTH is rare, and a targeted MIP utilizing IOPTH can achieve an excellent operative success rate without routine BCE. Selective BCE on patients with marginal IOPTH decrease may improve surgical outcome. © 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology.


Gill A.A.,John rtha Cancer Center | Enewold L.,John rtha Cancer Center | Zahm S.H.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Shriver C.D.,John rtha Cancer Center | And 7 more authors.
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND: In the general US population, blacks and whites have been shown to undergo colon cancer treatment at disproportionate rates. Accessibility to medical care may be the most important factor influencing differences in colon cancer treatment rates among whites and blacks. OBJECTIVE: We assessed whether racial disparities in colon cancer surgery and chemotherapy existed in an equal-access health care system. In addition, we sought to examine whether racial differences varied according to demographic and tumor characteristics. DESIGN AND SETTING: Database research using the Department of Defense Military Health System. PATIENTS: Patients included 2560 non-Hispanic whites (NHW) and non-Hispanic blacks (NHB) with colon cancer diagnosed from 1998 to 2007. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Logistic regression was used to assess the associations between race and the receipt of colon cancer surgery or chemotherapy while controlling for available potential confounders, both overall and stratified by age at diagnosis, sex, and tumor stage. RESULTS: After multivariate adjustment, the odds of receiving colon cancer surgery or chemotherapy for NHBs versus NHWs were similar (OR, 0.75 [95% CI, 0.37-1.53]; OR, 0.79 [95% CI, 0.59-1.04]). In addition, no effect modifications by age at diagnosis, sex, and tumor stage were observed. LIMITATIONS: Treatment data might not be complete for beneficiaries who also had non-Department of Defense health insurance. CONCLUSIONS: When access to medical care is equal, racial disparities in the provision of colon cancer surgery and chemotherapy were not apparent. Thus, it is possible that the inequalities in access to care play a major role in the racial disparities seen in colon cancer treatment in the general population. © The ASCRS 2014.

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