Chaya S Moskowitz

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, New York, United States

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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of pre-treatment 3-Tesla (3T) multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) for predicting Gleason score (GS) downgrading after radical prostatectomy (RP) in patients with GS 3 + 4 prostate cancer (PCa) on biopsy.
    European radiology. 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to identify preoperative computed tomography (CT) imaging characteristics that correlated with surgical resectability.
    Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 07/2014; 9(7):1023-30. · 4.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Before developing a survivorship care plan (SCP) that colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors will value, understanding the informational needs of CRC survivors is critical.
    Journal of oncology practice / American Society of Clinical Oncology. 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose To investigate whether tumor volume derived from apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps (VolumeADC) and tumor mean ADC value (ADCmean) are independent predictors of prostate tumor Gleason score (GS). Materials and Methods Tumor volume and GS were recorded from whole-mount histopathology for 131 men (median age, 60) who underwent endorectal diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging for local staging of prostate cancer before prostatectomy. VolumeADC and ADCmean were derived from ADC maps and correlated with histopathologic tumor volume and GS. Uni- and multivariate analyses were performed to evaluate prediction of tumor aggressiveness. Areas under receiver-operating-characteristics curves (AUCs) were calculated to evaluate the performance of VolumeADC and ADCmean in discriminating tumors of GS 6 and GS ≥7. Results Histopathology identified 116 tumor foci >0.5 mL. VolumeADC correlated significantly with histopathologic tumor volume (ρ=0.683). The correlation increased with increasing GS (ρ=0.453 for GS 6 tumors; ρ=0.643 for GS 7 tumors; ρ=0.980 for GS≥8 tumors). Both VolumeADC (ρ=0.286) and ADCmean (ρ=-0.309) correlated with GS. At univariate analysis, both VolumeADC (p=0.0325) and ADCmean (p=0.0033) could differentiate GS=6 from GS≥7 tumor foci. However, at multivariate analysis, only ADCmean (p=0.0156) was a significant predictor of tumor aggressiveness (i.e., GS 6 vs. GS ≥7). For differentiating GS 6 from GS≤7 tumors, AUCs were 0.644 and 0.704 for VolumeADC and ADCmean, respectively, and 0.749 for both parameters combined. Conclusion In patients with prostate cancer, ADCmean is an independent predictor of tumor aggressiveness, but VolumeADC is not. The latter parameter adds little to the ADCmean in predicting tumor Gleason score.
    Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The risk of breast cancer is high in women treated for a childhood cancer with chest irradiation. We sought to examine variations in risk resulting from irradiation field and radiation dose. We evaluated cumulative breast cancer risk in 1,230 female childhood cancer survivors treated with chest irradiation who were participants in the CCSS (Childhood Cancer Survivor Study). Childhood cancer survivors treated with lower delivered doses of radiation (median, 14 Gy; range, 2 to 20 Gy) to a large volume (whole-lung field) had a high risk of breast cancer (standardized incidence ratio [SIR], 43.6; 95% CI, 27.2 to 70.3), as did survivors treated with high doses of delivered radiation (median, 40 Gy) to the mantle field (SIR, 24.2; 95% CI, 20.7 to 28.3). The cumulative incidence of breast cancer by age 50 years was 30% (95% CI, 25 to 34), with a 35% incidence among Hodgkin lymphoma survivors (95% CI, 29 to 40). Breast cancer-specific mortality at 5 and 10 years was 12% (95% CI, 8 to 18) and 19% (95% CI, 13 to 25), respectively. Among women treated for childhood cancer with chest radiation therapy, those treated with whole-lung irradiation have a greater risk of breast cancer than previously recognized, demonstrating the importance of radiation volume. Importantly, mortality associated with breast cancer after childhood cancer is substantial.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2014; · 18.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the accuracy of 2-[(18)F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (FDG) positron-emission tomography (PET) in the detection of advanced colorectal adenomas. In this retrospective study, patient consent was waived by the institutional review board. Combined FDG whole-body PET and computed tomography (CT) images (2000-2009) were re-read and compared with reports of complete colonoscopy performed up to 1 year after the PET examination. One or more areas of focal colonic uptake greater than the background indicated a positive PET result, irrespective of standardized uptake value (SUV). Lesion and patient-level measures of PET accuracy with their 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated. One hundred and eighty patients undergoing colonoscopy with or without biopsy underwent PET within 1 year prior to colonoscopy. There were 92 women and 88 men (mean age 63.3 years). Indications for PET were extent of disease and treatment response in all cases. Patients had non-colorectal cancer (n = 160) or colon cancer (n = 20). One hundred and fourteen FDG-avid lesions were present. In 33, there was no colonoscopic correlate. Two hundred and fifty-eight biopsies revealed tubular adenomas (n = 91, one with intra-mucosal cancer), tubulovillous adenomas (n = 28), adenocarcinoma (n = 37), inflammation (n = 22), hyperplastic polyps (n = 54), serrated adenoma (n = 5), metastatic disease (n = 5), normal/benign mucosa or submucosal benign tumors (n = 13) or miscellaneous (n = 3). Per-lesion performance of PET showed a sensitivity of 38% (95% CI: 31-46; 64/167) for all adenomas and carcinomas and 58% (95% CI: 49-67; 57/98) for lesions ≥10 mm. At the patient level, for all adenomas and carcinomas the sensitivity was 54% (95% CI: 44-63; 61/113), specificity 100% (pre-defined), positive predictive value (PPV) 100% (pre-defined), and negative predictive value (NPV) 56% (95% CI: 47-65; 67/119). For patients with advanced adenoma, PET sensitivity was 49% (95% CI: 35-63; 26/53) specificity, 100%, PPV 100% and NPV 82% (95% CI: 76-88; 127/154). Five of 37 adenocarcinomas were not detected, one of which was mucinous at histology. FDG PET detected most cancers, but only identified one-half of patients harbouring advanced adenomas. Based on the data, PET cannot be relied upon to accurately identify patients with advanced adenoma.
    Clinical radiology 02/2014; · 1.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Our aim was to evaluate clinical management and outcomes in cancer patients who had an indeterminate Computed Tomographic Pulmonary Angiogram (CTPA) for the assessment of pulmonary embolus. We reviewed 1000 CTPA studies and identified 251 limited (indeterminate) CTPA. We examined follow-up imaging and reviewed clinical management decisions and any positive diagnosis of venous thromboembolic disease (VTE) within the subsequent 90 days. 60 patients (23.9%) had a follow-up imaging study within five days. 8 had a positive study for VTE disease within 5 days. 3 patients (1.2%) were placed on anticoagulation therapy based on the limited CT result.
    Clinical Imaging. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Contrast enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) uses low energy and high energy exposures to produce a subtracted contrast image. It is currently performed with a standard full-field digital mammogram (FFDM). The purpose is to determine if the low energy image performed after intravenous iodine injection can replace the standard FFDM. Methods And Materials: In an IRB approved HIPAA compatible study, low-energy CEDM images of 170 breasts in 88 women (ages 26-75; mean 50.3;) undergoing evaluation for elevated risk or newly diagnosed breast cancer were compared to standard digital mammograms performed within 6 months. Technical parameters including posterior nipple line (PNL) distance, compression thickness, and compression force on the MLO projection were compared. Mammographic findings were compared qualitatively and quantitatively. Mixed linear regression using generalized estimating equation (GEE) method was performed. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) with 95% confidence interval (95%CI) were estimated to assess agreement. Results No statistical difference was found in the technical parameters compression thickness, PNL distance, compression force (p-values: 0.767, 0.947 0.089). No difference was found in the measured size of mammographic findings (p-values 0.982-0.988). Grouped calcifications had a mean size/extent of 2.1 cm (SD 0.6) in the low-energy contrast images, and a mean size/extent of 2.2 cm (SD 0.6) in the standard digital mammogram images. Masses had a mean size of 1.8 cm (SD 0.2) in both groups. Calcifications were equally visible on both CEDM and FFDM. Conclusion Low energy CEDM images are equivalent to standard FFDM despite the presence of intravenous iodinated contrast. Low energy CEDM images may be used for interpretation in place of the FFDM, thereby reducing patient dose.
    European Journal of Radiology. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose To evaluate the relationship between prostate cancer aggressiveness and histogram-derived apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) parameters obtained from whole-lesion assessment of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the prostate and to determine which ADC metric may help best differentiate low-grade from intermediate- or high-grade prostate cancer lesions. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective HIPAA-compliant study of 131 men (median age, 60 years) who underwent diffusion-weighted MR imaging before prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Clinically significant tumors (tumor volume > 0.5 mL) were identified at whole-mount step-section histopathologic examination, and Gleason scores of the tumors were recorded. A volume of interest was drawn around each significant tumor on ADC maps. The mean, median, and 10th and 25th percentile ADCs were determined from the whole-lesion histogram and correlated with the Gleason score by using the Spearman correlation coefficient (ρ). The ability of each parameter to help differentiate tumors with a Gleason score of 6 from those with a Gleason score of at least 7 was assessed by using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (Az). Results In total, 116 clinically significant lesions (89 in the peripheral zone, 27 in the transition zone) were identified in 85 of the 131 patients (65%). Forty-six patients did not have a clinically significant lesion. For mean ADC, median ADC, 10th percentile ADC, and 25th percentile ADC, the Spearman ρ values for correlation with Gleason score were -0.31, -0.30, -0.36, and -0.35, respectively, whereas the Az values for differentiating lesions with a Gleason score of 6 from those with a Gleason score of at least 7 were 0.704, 0.692, 0.758, and 0.723, respectively. The Az of 10th percentile ADC was significantly higher than that of the mean ADC for all lesions and peripheral zone lesions (P = .0001). Conclusion When whole-lesion histograms were used to derive ADC parameters, 10th percentile ADC correlated with Gleason score better than did other ADC parameters, suggesting that 10th percentile ADC may prove to be optimal for differentiating low-grade from intermediate- or high-grade prostate cancer with diffusion-weighted MR imaging. © RSNA, 2013.
    Radiology 12/2013; · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Eighteen percent of incident malignancies in the United States are a second (or subsequent) cancer. Second primary neoplasms (SPNs), particularly solid tumors, are a major cause of mortality and serious morbidity among cancer survivors successfully cured of their first cancer. Multiple etiologies may lead to a cancer survivor subsequently being diagnosed with an SPN, including radiotherapy for the first cancer, unhealthy lifestyle behaviors, genetic factors, aging, or an interaction between any of these factors. In this article, we discuss these factors and synthesize this information for use in clinical practice, including preventive strategies and screening recommendations for SPNs.
    Seminars in Oncology 12/2013; 40(6):676-689. · 4.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to compare measurements of lung tumor size between axial and multiplanar reformatted CT images, as well as to establish whether the difference between these measurements leads to a change in T stage. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Patients with lung tumors who underwent chest CT up to 31 days before lung resection between December 2010 and March 2012 were included. Axial, sagittal, and coronal CT images were evaluated by two independent readers (1 and 2) who were blinded to clinical data. In 89 patients, lung tumors categorized as T1a (54%), T1b (19%), T2a (24%), or T2b (3%) were analyzed. The longest tumor diameter using multiplanar reformatted CT was compared and correlated with axial CT alone and pathologic T stage. Statistical analysis included a Wilcoxon rank sum test to evaluate differences between measurements, intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), and kappa statistic to assess agreement. RESULTS. Prediction of T stage using axial CT alone compared with multiplanar reformatted CT agreed in 82% of patients for reader 1 (κ = 0.660 [95% CI, 0.531-0.789]) and 80% of patients for reader 2 (κ = 0.695 [95% CI, 0.572-0.818]). Prediction of T stage using multiplanar reformatted CT resulted in upstaging in 18% and 20% of patients (for readers 1 and 2, respectively). Interobserver agreement (ICC [95% CI]) was 0.900 (0.803-0.954) for axial, 0.874 (0.772-0.946) for sagittal, and 0.754 (0.556-0.921) for coronal planes. CONCLUSION. Radiologic measurement of lung tumor T stage was higher using multiplanar reformatted CT as compared with axial CT alone. When available, multiplanar reformatted CT should be used to measure tumor dimension and thus assign an accurate lung cancer T stage.
    American Journal of Roentgenology 11/2013; 201(5):959-63. · 2.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Triple-negative (TN) breast cancers, which are associated with a more aggressive clinical course and poorer prognosis, often present with benign imaging features on mammography and ultrasound. The purpose of this study was to compare the magnetic resonance imaging features of TN breast cancers with estrogen (ER) and progesterone (PR) positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2) negative cancers. Retrospective review identified 140 patients with TN breast cancer who underwent a preoperative breast MRI between 2003 and 2008. Comparison was made to 181 patients with ER+/PR+/HER2- cancer. Breast MRIs were independently reviewed by two radiologists blinded to the pathology. Discrepancies were resolved by a third radiologist. TN cancers presented with a larger tumor size (p = 0.002), higher histologic grade (<0.001), and were more likely to be unifocal (p = 0.018) compared with ER+/PR+/HER2- tumors. MRI features associated with TN tumors included mass enhancement (p = 0.026), areas of intratumoral high T2 signal intensity (p < 0.001), lobulated shape (p < 0.001), rim enhancement (p < 0.001), and smooth margins (p = 0.005). Among the TN tumors with marked necrosis, 26% showed a large central acellular zone of necrosis.
    The Breast Journal 09/2013; · 1.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose:To assess variability of computed tomographic (CT) measurements of lesions of various sizes and margin sharpness in several organs taken by readers with different levels of experience, as would be found in routine clinical practice.Materials and Methods:In this institutional review board-approved, HIPAA-compliant retrospective study, 17 radiologists with varying levels of experience independently obtained bidimensional orthogonal axial measurements of 80 lymph nodes, 120 pulmonary lesions, and 120 hepatic lesions, categorized by size and margin sharpness. Repeat measurements were performed 2 or more weeks later. Intraclass correlation coefficients and Bland-Altman plots were used to assess intra- and interobserver variability.Results:For long- and short-axis measurements, respectively, overall intraobserver agreement rates were 0.957 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.947, 0.966) and 0.945 (95% CI: 0.933, 0.955); interobserver agreement rates were 0.954 (95% CI: 0.943, 0.963) and 0.941 (95% CI: 0.929, 0.951). Both intra- and interobserver agreement differed by lesion size, margin sharpness, location, and reader experience. Agreement ranged from 0.847 to 0.886 for lesions 20 mm or larger versus 0.745-0.785 for lesions smaller than 10 mm, 0.961 to 0.975 for smooth margins versus 0.924-0.942 for irregular margins, 0.955 to 0.97 for lung lesions versus 0.884-0.94 for lymph nodes, and 0.95 to 0.97 for attending radiologists versus 0.928-0.945 for fellows. Measurement variability decreased with increasing lesion size; 95% limits of agreement for short-axis measurements were -11.6% to 6.7% for lesions smaller than 10 mm versus -6.2% to 4.7% for lesions 20 mm or larger.Conclusion:Overall intra- and interobserver variability rates were similar; in clinical practice, serial CT measurements can be safely performed by different radiologists. Smooth margins, larger lesion size, and greater reader experience resulted in a higher consistency of measurements. Depending on lesion size, increases of 4%-6% or greater in long axis and 5%-7% or greater in short axis and decreases of -6% to -10% or greater in long axis and -6% to -12% or greater in short axis at CT can be considered true changes rather than measurement variation, with 95% confidence.© RSNA, 2013.
    Radiology 07/2013; · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose:To determine whether magnetic resonance (MR) imaging evaluation of key morphologic tumor characteristics can improve patient selection for radical trachelectomy.Materials and Methods:The institutional review board approved and waived informed consent for this study of 62 patients (mean age, 32 years; age range, 23-42 years) with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage IB1 cervical carcinoma who underwent attempted radical trachelectomy between November 2001 and January 2011 and had preoperative MR imaging. Retrospectively, two radiologists reviewed MR images for tumor presence and size, distance between tumor and internal os, and presence of deep cervical stromal invasion. Associations between MR imaging findings and surgery type were tested.Results:Sensitivity and specificity of tumor detection were, respectively, 87% and 100% (reader 1) and 76% and 95% (reader 2). Six of six patients with negative cone biopsy margins and no tumor at postconization MR imaging were without tumor at trachelectomy pathologic analysis. Mean differences between MR imaging and histologic tumor sizes were 0.7 mm (range, -15 to 11 mm) for reader 1 and 2.2 mm (range, -9 to 15 mm) for reader 2. Sensitivities for deep cervical stromal invasion were 75% (reader 1) and 50% (reader 2). For each reader, nine of nine (100%) patients with tumor 5 mm or less from the internal os and three of five (60%) patients with tumor 6-9 mm from the internal os at MR imaging needed radical hysterectomy. For both readers, tumor size of 2 cm or larger (P < .001) and deep cervical stromal invasion (P ≤ .003) at MR imaging were associated with increased chance of radical hysterectomy.Conclusion:Pretrachelectomy MR imaging can help identify high-risk patients likely to need radical hysterectomy or confirm the absence of residual tumor in the cervix after a cone biopsy with negative margins.© RSNA, 2013.
    Radiology 06/2013; · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION:: The increasing use of computed tomography (CT) has led to frequent identification of asymptomatic lesions in the anterior mediastinum. The purpose of this study is to identify CT features that distinguish benign thymic lesions from early-stage malignant thymic neoplasms. METHODS:: We retrospectively reviewed preoperative CT imaging for 66 patients, who had undergone thymectomy for benign thymic lesions or early-stage malignant thymic neoplasms. All variables with a p value of less than 0.2 on univariate logistic regression analysis were evaluated by multivariate analysis. Stepwise selection was performed, and variables with a p value less than 0.05 were retained in the final model. RESULTS:: Thirty-eight malignant (58%) and 28 benign thymic lesions (42%) were included. Patients with benign thymic tumors were significantly younger (median age, 49.5 years) than patients with malignant tumors (60.0 years; p = 0.007). Malignant tumors were larger in short-axis dimension (p = 0.028) and more frequently in a nonmidline location in the anterior mediastinum (p = 0.029). Intralesional fat was seen exclusively in benign masses (p = 0.002). Seven benign tumors (25%) and one malignant tumor (2.6%) had a triangular thymic shape (p = 0.023). In multivariate analysis, lower age, smaller short-axis dimension, and lack of infiltration of the mediastinal fat were significant independent predictors of benign pathologic results. CONCLUSION:: Intralesional fat, midline location, and triangular thymic shape are more frequently found in benign thymic lesions. Lack of infiltration of the mediastinal fat, younger patient age, and smaller size are independent predictors of benign thymic lesions. These features may help characterize thymic masses as benign and avert potentially unnecessary invasive diagnostic procedures.
    Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 04/2013; · 4.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose:To compare diagnostic accuracy of T2-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with that of multiparametric (MP) MR imaging combining T2-weighted imaging with diffusion-weighted (DW) MR imaging, dynamic contrast material-enhanced (DCE) MR imaging, or both in the detection of locally recurrent prostate cancer (PCa) after radiation therapy (RT).Materials and Methods:This retrospective HIPAA-compliant study was approved by the institutional review board; informed consent was waived. Fifty-three men (median age, 70 years) suspected of having post-RT recurrence of PCa underwent MP MR imaging, including DW and DCE sequences, within 6 months after biopsy. Two readers independently evaluated the likelihood of PCa with a five-point scale for T2-weighted imaging alone, T2-weighted imaging with DW imaging, T2-weighted imaging with DCE imaging, and T2-weighted imaging with DW and DCE imaging, with at least a 4-week interval between evaluations. Areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) were calculated. Interreader agreement was assessed, and quantitative parameters (apparent diffusion coefficient [ADC], volume transfer constant [Ktrans], and rate constant [kep]) were assessed at sextant- and patient-based levels with generalized estimating equations and the Wilcoxon rank sum test, respectively.Results:At biopsy, recurrence was present in 35 (66%) of 53 patients. In detection of recurrent PCa, T2-weighted imaging with DW imaging yielded higher AUCs (reader 1, 0.79-0.86; reader 2, 0.75-0.81) than T2-weighted imaging alone (reader 1, 0.63-0.67; reader 2, 0.46-0.49 [P ≤ .014 for all]). DCE sequences did not contribute significant incremental value to T2-weighted imaging with DW imaging (reader 1, P > .99; reader 2, P = .35). Interreader agreement was higher for combinations of MP MR imaging than for T2-weighted imaging alone (κ = 0.34-0.63 vs κ = 0.17-0.20). Medians of quantitative parameters differed significantly (P < .0001 to P = .0233) between benign tissue and PCa (ADC, 1.64 ×10-3 mm2/sec vs 1.13 ×10-3 mm2/sec; Ktrans, 0.16 min-1 vs 0.33 min-1; kep, 0.36 min-1 vs 0.62 min-1).Conclusion:MP MR imaging has greater accuracy in the detection of recurrent PCa after RT than T2-weighted imaging alone, with no additional benefit if DCE is added to T2-weighted imaging and DW imaging.© RSNA, 2013Supplemental material: http://radiology.rsna.org/lookup/suppl/doi:10.1148/radiol.13122149/-/DC1.
    Radiology 03/2013; · 6.34 Impact Factor
  • Chaya S Moskowitz, Emily C Zabor, Maxine Jochelson
    The Breast Journal 03/2013; 19(2):227. · 1.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at increased cardiovascular risk. Studies of factors including treatment exposures that may modify risk of low cardiorespiratory fitness in this population have been limited. PROCEDURE: To assess cardiorespiratory fitness, maximal oxygen uptake (VO(2) max) was measured in 115 ALL survivors (median age, 23.5 years; range 18-37). We compared VO(2) max measurements for ALL survivors to those estimated from submaximal testing in a frequency-matched (age, gender, race/ethnicity) 2003-2004 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) cohort. Multivariable linear regression models were constructed to evaluate the association between therapeutic exposures and outcomes of interest. RESULTS: Compared to NHANES participants, ALL survivors had a substantially lower VO(2) max (mean 30.7 vs. 39.9 ml/kg/min; adjusted P < 0.0001). For any given percent total body fat, ALL survivors had an 8.9 ml/kg/min lower VO(2) max than NHANES participants. For key treatment exposure groups (cranial radiotherapy [CRT], anthracycline chemotherapy, or neither), ALL survivors had substantially lower VO(2) max compared with NHANES participants (all comparisons, P < 0.001). Almost two-thirds (66.7%) of ALL survivors were classified as low cardiorespiratory fitness compared with 26.3% of NHANES participants (adjusted P < 0.0001). In multivariable models including only ALL survivors, treatment exposures were modestly associated with VO(2) max. Among females, CRT was associated with low VO(2) max (P = 0.02), but anthracycline exposure was not (P = 0.58). In contrast, among males, anthracycline exposure ≥100 mg/m(2) was associated with low VO(2) max (P = 0.03), but CRT was not (P = 0.54). CONCLUSION: Adult survivors of childhood ALL have substantially lower levels of cardiorespiratory fitness compared with a similarly aged non-cancer population. Pediatr Blood Cancer © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Pediatric Blood & Cancer 02/2013; · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Myxofibrosarcoma frequently shows curvilinear extensions of high T2 signal that also enhance on magnetic resonance imaging; these "tails" represent fascial extension of tumor at histopathological examination. This study was performed to determine whether the tail sign is helpful in distinguishing myxofibrosarcoma from other myxoid-containing neoplasms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 44 patients with pathologically proven myxofibrosarcoma; the control group consisted of 52 patients with a variety of other myxoid-predominant tumors. Three musculoskeletal radiologists independently evaluated T2-weighted (and/or short-tau inversion recovery) and post-contrast MR images for the presence of one or more enhancing, high-signal intensity, curvilinear projections from the primary mass. Sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of myxofibrosarcoma were calculated for each reader. Interobserver variability was assessed with kappa statistic and percentage agreement. RESULTS: A tail sign was deemed present in 28, 30, and 34 cases of myxofibrosarcoma and in 11, 9, and 5 of the controls for the three readers respectively, yielding a sensitivity of 64-77 % and a specificity of 79-90 %. The interobserver agreement was moderate-to-substantial (kappa = 0.626). CONCLUSION: The tail sign at MRI is a moderately specific and sensitive sign for the diagnosis of myxofibrosarcoma relative to other myxoid-containing tumors.
    Skeletal Radiology 01/2013; · 1.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: To assess qualitative and quantitative chemical shift MRI parameters of renal cortical tumours. METHODS: A total of 251 consecutive patients underwent 1.5-T MRI before nephrectomy. Two readers (R1, R2) independently evaluated all tumours visually for a decrease in signal intensity (SI) on opposed- compared with in-phase chemical shift images. In addition, SI was measured on in- and opposed-phase images (SI(IP), SI(OP)) and the chemical shift index was calculated as a measure of percentage SI change. Histopathology served as the standard of reference. RESULTS: A visual decrease in SI was identified significantly more often in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCCs) (R1, 73 %; R2, 64 %) and angiomyolipomas (both, 80 %) than in oncocytomas (29 %, 12 %), papillary (29 %, 17 %) and chromophobe RCCs (13 %, 9 %; all, P < 0.05). Median chemical shift index was significantly greater in clear cell RCC and angiomyolipoma than in the other histological subtypes (both, P < 0.001). Interobserver agreement was fair for visual (kappa, 0.4) and excellent for quantitative analysis (concordance correlation coefficient, 0.80). CONCLUSIONS: A decrease in SI on opposed-phase chemical shift images is not an identifying feature of clear cell RCCs or angiomyolipomas, but can also be observed in oncocytomas, papillary and chromophobe RCCs. After excluding angiomyolipomas, a decrease in SI of more than 25 % was diagnostic for clear cell RCCs. KEY POINTS : • Chemical shift MRI offers new information about fat within renal tumours. • Opposed-phase signal decrease can be observed in all renal cortical tumours. • A greater than 25 % decrease in signal appears to be diagnostic for clear cell RCCs.
    European Radiology 01/2013; · 4.34 Impact Factor

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  • 2004–2014
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
      • • Epidemiology & Biostatistics Group
      • • Department of Radiology
      • • Department of Medical Physics
      • • Department of Medicine
      New York City, New York, United States
    • Children's Oncology Group
      Monrovia, California, United States
    • Harvard University
      • Department of Biostatistics
      Cambridge, MA, United States
  • 2013
    • The Washington Hospital
      Washington, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2012
    • Mount Sinai Medical Center
      New York City, New York, United States
  • 2010
    • University of Cambridge
      • Department of Radiology
      Cambridge, ENG, United Kingdom
    • Brown University
      Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • 2009
    • Columbia University
      • Division of Oral Epidemiology and Biostatistic
      New York City, New York, United States
  • 2002
    • University of Southern California
      • Department of Preventive Medicine
      Los Angeles, CA, United States
    • University of Washington Seattle
      • Department of Biostatistics
      Seattle, Washington, United States