J N Vauthey

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Background The International Study Group for Liver Surgery (ISGLS) proposed a definition for bile leak after liver surgery. A multicentre international prospective study was designed to evaluate this definition.Methods Data collected prospectively from 949 consecutive patients on specific datasheets from 11 international centres were collated centrally.ResultsBile leak occurred in 69 (7.3%) of patients, with 31 (3.3%), 32 (3.4%) and 6 (0.6%) classified as grade A, B and C, respectively. The grading system of severity correlated with the Dindo complication classification system (P < 0.001). Hospital length of stay was increased when bile leak occurred, from a median of 7 to 15 days (P < 0.001), as was intensive care stay (P < 0.001), and both correlated with increased severity grading of bile leak (P < 0.001). 96% of bile leaks occurred in patients with intra-operative drains. Drain placement did not prevent subsequent intervention in the bile leak group with a 5–15 times greater risk of intervention required in this group (P < 0.001).Conclusion The ISGLS definition of bile leak after liver surgery appears robust and intra-operative drain usage did not prevent the need for subsequent drain placement.
    HPB 08/2014; · 1.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background After cancer surgery, complications, and disability prevent some patients from receiving subsequent treatments. Given that an inability to complete all intended cancer therapies might negate the oncologic benefits of surgical therapy, strategies to improve return to intended oncologic treatment (RIOT), including minimally invasive surgery (MIS), are being investigated.Methods This project was designed to evaluate liver tumor patients to determine the RIOT rate, risk factors for inability to RIOT, and its impact on survivals. Outcomes for a homogenous cohort of 223 patients who underwent open-approach surgery for metachronous colorectal liver metastases and a group of 27 liver tumor patients treated with MIS hepatectomy were examined.ResultsOf the 223 open-approach patients, 167 were offered postoperative therapy, yielding a RIOT rate of 75%. The remaining 56 (25%) patients were unable to receive further treatment due to surgical complications (n = 29 pts) or poor performance status (n = 27 pts). Risk factors associated with inability to RIOT were hypertension (OR 2.2, P = 0.025), multiple preoperative chemotherapy regimens (OR 5.9, P = 0.039), and postoperative complications (OR 2.0, P = 0.039). Inability to RIOT correlated with shorter disease-free and overall survivals (P < 0.001, HR = 2.16; and P = 0.005, HR = 2.07, respectively). In contrast to the open surgery group, 100% of MIS patients who were intended to initiate postoperative therapy did so (P = 0.038) within a shorter median time interval (MIS: 15 days vs. open: 42 days; P < 0.001).Conclusions The relationship between RIOT and long-term oncologic outcomes suggests that RIOT rates for both open- and MIS-approach cancer surgery should routinely be reported as a quality indicator. J. Surg. Oncol. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Journal of Surgical Oncology 04/2014; · 2.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The biology of hepatic epithelial haemangioendothelioma (HEHE) is variable, lying intermediate to haemangioma and angiosarcoma. Treatments vary owing to the rarity of the disease and frequent misdiagnosis. Between 1989 and 2013, patients retrospectively identified with HEHE from a single academic cancer centre were analysed to evaluate clinicopathological factors and initial treatment regimens associated with survival. Fifty patients with confirmed HEHE had a median follow-up of 51 months (range 1-322). There was no difference in 5-year survival between patients presenting with unilateral compared with bilateral hepatic disease (51.4% versus 80.7%, respectively; P = 0.1), localized compared with metastatic disease (69% versus 78.3%, respectively; P = 0.7) or an initial treatment regimen of Surgery, Chemotherapy/Embolization or Observation alone (83.3% versus 71.3% versus 72.4%, respectively; P = 0.9). However, 5-year survival for patients treated with chemotherapy at any point during their disease course was decreased compared with those who did not receive any chemotherapy (43.6% versus 82.9%, respectively; P = 0.02) and was predictive of a decreased overall survival on univariate analysis [HR 3.1 (CI 0.9-10.7), P = 0.02]. HEHE frequently follows an indolent course, suggesting that immediate treatment may not be the optimal strategy. Initial observation to assess disease behaviour may better stratify treatment options, reserving surgery for those who remain resectable/transplantable. Prospective cooperative trials or registries may confirm this strategy.
    HPB 12/2013; · 1.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors of the small intestine commonly metastasize to regional lymph nodes (LNs). Single-institution reports suggest that removal of LNs improves outcome, but comprehensive data are lacking. We hypothesized that the extent of lymphadenectomy reported in a large administrative database would be associated with overall survival for jejunal and ileal neuroendocrine tumors. METHODS: A search of the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database was performed for patients with jejunal and ileal neuroendocrine tumors from 1977 to 2004. Descriptive patient characteristics were collected to include age at diagnosis, sex, race, grade, primary tumor size, LN status, number of LNs resected, presence of distant metastasis, and the type of operation. Statistical analyses were limited to patients with only one primary tumor to exclude patients with other malignancies. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to analyze the number of LNs resected and the LN ratio (number of positive LNs/total number of LNs removed) to determine the effect on cancer-specific survival. RESULTS: Altogether, 1,364 patients were included in this analysis. Removal of any LNs was associated with improved cancer-specific survival when compared to patients with no LN removal reported (p = 0.0027) on univariate analysis. Among those who had any LNs removed, a median of eight LNs were identified in resection specimens with a median LN ratio of 0.29 (range 0-1). On multivariate analysis (adjusting for age and tumor size), patients with >7 LNs removed experienced better cancer-specific survival than those with ≤7 LNs removed (median survival not reached vs. 140 months): hazard ratio and 95 % confidence interval were 0.573 (0.402, 0.817) (p = 0.002). CONCLUSIONS: This review of a large number of surgical patients demonstrates that regional mesenteric lymphadenectomy in conjunction with resection of the primary tumor is associated with improved survival of patients with small bowel neuroendocrine tumors.
    World Journal of Surgery 05/2013; · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatic resection offers a chance of a cure in selected patients with colorectal liver metastases (CLM). To achieve adequate patient selection and curative surgery, (i) precise assessment of the extent of disease, (ii) sensitive criteria for chemotherapy effect, (iii) adequate decision making in surgical indication and (iv) an optimal surgical approach for pre‐treated tumours are required. For assessment of the extent of the disease, contrast‐enhanced computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with gadolinium ethoxybenzyl diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd‐EOB‐DTPA) is recommended depending on the local expertise and availability. Positron emission tomography (PET) and PET/CT may offer additive information in detecting extrahepatic disease. The RECIST criteria are a reasonable method to evaluate the effect of chemotherapy. However, they are imperfect in predicting a pathological response in the era of modern systemic therapy with biological agents. The assessment of radiographical morphological changes is a better surrogate of the pathological response and survival especially in the patients treated with bevacizumab. Resectability of CLM is dependent on both anatomic and oncological factors. To decrease the surgical risk, a sufficient volume of liver remnant with adequate blood perfusion and biliary drainage is required according to the degree of histopathological injury of the underlying liver. Portal vein embolization is sometimes required to decrease the surgical risk in a patient with small future liver remnant volume. As a complete radiological response does not signify a complete pathological response, liver resection should include all the site of a tumour detected prior to systemic treatment.
    HPB 01/2013; 15(2). · 1.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: This retrospective study was performed to assess the outcome among patients who underwent hepatic resection or tumor ablation after hepatic artery infusion (HAI) therapy downstaged previously unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or liver metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC).Methods: Between 1983 and 1998, 25 patients with HCC and 383 patients with hepatic CRC metastases were treated with HAI therapy for unresectable liver disease. We retrospectively reviewed the records of 26 (6%) of these patients who underwent subsequent surgical exploration for tumor resection or ablation.Results: At a median of 9 months (range 7–12 months) after HAI treatment, four patients (16%) with HCC underwent exploratory surgery; two underwent resection with negative margins, and the other two were given radiofrequency ablation (RFA) because of underlying cirrhosis. At a median postoperative follow-up of 16 months (range 6–48 months), all four patients were alive with no evidence of disease. At a median of 14.5 months (range 8–24 months) after HAI therapy, 22 patients with hepatic CRC metastases underwent exploratory surgery; 10 underwent resection, 6 underwent resection and RFA or cryotherapy, and 2 underwent RFA only. At a median follow-up of 17 months, 15 (83%) of the 18 patients with CRC who had received surgical treatment had developed recurrent disease; the other 3 died of other causes (1 of postoperative complications) within 7 months of the surgery. One patient in whom disease recurred underwent a second resection and was disease-free at 1 year follow-up.Conclusions: Hepatic resection or ablation after tumor downstaging with HAI therapy is a viable option for patients with unresectable HCC. However, given the high rate of recurrence of metastases from CRC, hepatic resection or ablation after downstaging with HAI should be used with caution.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 04/2012; 7(7):490-495. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    Vauthey JN, Kopetz S, Aloia TA, Andreou A
    British Journal of Cancer 01/2012; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Data regarding the use of radiotherapy is limited in patients from populations without endemic viral hepatitis. We examine the outcomes for patients treated with radiotherapy in the modern era at a single institution. A total of 29 patients with localized hepatocellular carcinoma treated from 2000-2010 were reviewed. Patients with metastatic disease at the time of radiation were excluded. Median radiation dose was 50 Gy (range 30 to 75 Gy) with a median biologically effective dose of 80.6 (range 60 to 138.6). Median tumor size at the time of radiation was 5.2 cm (range 2 to 25 cm). Eighty three percent of all patients had either stable disease or a partial response to radiation, based on RECIST criteria. Median change in tumor size following radiation was -17% (range -73.5 to 177.8%). Estimated one-year overall survival and in-field progression-free survival rates for the study population were 56% and 79%, respectively. One-year overall survival in patients treated to a biologically effective dose <75 was significantly lower than in patients treated to a biologically effective dose ≥75 (18% vs. 69%). One-year in-field progression-free survival rate (60% vs. 88%) and biochemical progression-free survival duration (median 6.5 vs. 1.6 months) were also significantly improved in patients treated to a biologically effective dose ≥75. Grade 3 toxicity was seen in 13.8% of patients. In a population without endemic viral hepatitis, unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma demonstrates significant response to radiotherapy with minimal toxicity. Furthermore, our findings suggest that increased biologically effective dose is associated with improved survival and local tumor control.
    Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden) 07/2011; 50(8):1191-8. · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    Liver Transplantation 07/2011; 17 Suppl 2:S90-7. · 3.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lung metastases are considered a poor prognostic factor in patients with resectable colorectal liver metastases. We reviewed records of 1,260 consecutive patients with liver-only or liver-plus-lung (L+L) metastases from colorectal cancer who underwent resection with curative intent (1995 to 2009). Survival and prognostic factors were analyzed. There were 112 patients who underwent resection of L+L (mean 2 liver, 2 lung metastases). Mean tumor sizes were 3 cm and 1 cm, respectively. Thirty-four (31%) had bilateral lung metastases. Ten (9%) had synchronous L+L metastases, 60 (54%) had diagnosis of lung metastases within 1 year of liver resection. Most (108 of 112, 96%) had resection of liver before or at the same time as lung. Preoperative chemotherapy was used in 77 (69%) before liver resection and 56 (50%) before lung resection. Among L+L patients, no postoperative deaths occurred; postoperative morbidity rates were 26% after liver resection and 4% after lung resection. After a median of 49 months follow-up, L+L patients (n = 112) had better survival than liver only (n = 1,148) (5-year overall survival, L+L, 50% vs liver only, 40%; p = 0.01). CEA level > 5 ng/dL (hazard ratio [HR] 2.1, 95% CI 1.1 to 4.4, p = 0.04) and rectal primary (HR 2.9, 95% CI 1.4 to 6, p = 0.004) were associated with worse survival in L+L patients. The survival rate for patients who undergo resection of L+L metastases from colorectal cancer is greater than the survival rate of the general population of patients who undergo resection of liver metastases only. The presence of resectable lung metastases is neither a poor prognostic factor nor a contraindication to resection of liver metastases.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 07/2011; 213(1):62-9; discussion 69-71. · 4.50 Impact Factor
  • Anthony D Yang, Antoine Brouquet, Jean Nicolas Vauthey
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    ABSTRACT: Improvements in treatment strategies and a better knowledge of tumor biology have contributed to an increase in the number of patients with colorectal liver metastases (CLM) who are candidate for surgery. These progresses are on going and the introduction of effective systemic therapy agents contributes further to the increase in the resectability of patients with advanced CLM.
    Journal of Surgical Oncology 12/2010; 102(8):996-1001. · 2.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chemotherapeutic agents may be able to convert unresectable colorectal hepatic metastasis to resectable disease, therefore changing the surgical options. The role of positron emission tomography (PET) for patients undergoing chemotherapy remains unclear. We hypothesize that recent chemotherapy treatment could result in false-negative PET results. Case-control study evaluating PET findings. The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. From May 1, 2006, through August 31, 2008, data for 224 consecutive patients were entered into a prospective database for evaluation of hepatic metastasis of colorectal carcinoma. One hundred thirty-eight patients underwent PET and conventional imaging (a combination of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonography). All had oncologically sound colorectal operations. Liver resection or ablation for colorectal liver metastases. To determine the accuracy of PET scans to detect residual viable colorectal cancer liver metastases after a significant response to systemic chemotherapy. Patients with biopsy-proven disease underwent hepatic resection (120 patients [87.0%]), radiofrequency ablation (2 [1.4%]), or resection with radiofrequency ablation (7 [5.1%]). Nine patients (6.5%) had inoperable disease that was found intraoperatively. When performed within 4 weeks of chemotherapy, PET had a negative predictive value of 13.3% and a positive predictive value of 94.3%. The sensitivity was 89.9%, the specificity was 22.2%, and the accuracy was 85.5%. Positron emission tomography within 4 weeks of chemotherapy is not a useful test for evaluation of colorectal hepatic metastases. The high rate of false-negative results is likely due to metabolic inhibition caused by chemotherapeutic drugs. We recommend that physicians not use PET in patients recently completing chemotherapy; they should undergo the appropriate oncologic hepatic operation based on the high probability of viable malignant disease.
    Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill.: 1960) 04/2010; 145(4):340-5; discussion 345. · 4.32 Impact Factor
  • S. Zalinski, J.-M. Bigourdan, J.-N. Vauthey
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    ABSTRACT: Although the prognosis of patients with colorectal liver metastases (CLM) has improved dramatically with oxaliplatin and irinotecan, the enthusiasm for the preoperative use of these cytotoxic agents is being tempered by concerns about their impact on the nontumoral liver parenchyma. Bevacizumab, an anti-angiogenic agent that specifically targets the vascular endothelial growth factor, exerts an antitumor effect by inhibiting the development of the vascular network that is promoted by the tumor and mandatory for its growth. Yet angiogenesis is also a physiologic event contributing to wound healing and tissue regeneration. To date, it is well documented that the use of bevacizumab in combination with cytotoxic agents greatly improves pathologic response. Also well described is the protective effect of bevacizumab against sinusoidal injuries induced by oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy. Up to now, no side effects related to the perioperative use of bevacizumab have been reported in the setting of liver resection for CLM, and bevacizumab was shown not to impair liver regeneration following portal vein embolization. The clinical consequences of the protective effect of bevacizumab against sinusoidal injuries are hard to evaluate as patient selection and preparation have improved and these improvements contribute greatly to the favorable outcomes following liver resection for CLM. Indeed, patient safety in the setting of hepatic resection for CLM mainly depends on a careful preoperative evaluation of liver volumes and a limited use of cytotoxic agents followed by a delay of at least 5 weeks before the surgery.
    Journal De Chirurgie - J CHIR. 01/2010; 147.
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    ABSTRACT: Oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy regimens are currently a standard of care for the treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC) in both the adjuvant treatment and metastatic disease settings. Significant improvements in outcomes have been achieved with oxaliplatin-based combinations in these settings when compared with administration of 5-fluorouracil alone. Pathologic evaluation of normal liver from patients undergoing neoadjuvant oxaliplatin treatment has identified histologic evidence of sinusoidal injury, although the effect of this finding on patient outcomes after hepatic resection appears to be minimal. This article describes the use of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy in 6 patients with stage III or IV CRC who developed evidence of noncirrhotic portal hypertension. These patients developed complications of portal hypertension including esophageal or hemorrhoidal varices with bleeding, splenomegaly with associated thrombocytopenia, and ascites. In each case, oxaliplatin-induced hepatic sinusoidal injury was identified as the most likely factor contributing to the development of noncirrhotic portal hypertension. The literature on hepatic sinusoidal injury after oxaliplatin is reviewed and the proposed pathophysiology is discussed.
    Clinical Colorectal Cancer 10/2009; 8(4):225-30. · 1.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The lack of consensus on how to define and grade adverse postoperative events has greatly hampered the evaluation of surgical procedures. A new classification of complications, initiated in 1992, was updated 5 years ago. It is based on the type of therapy needed to correct the complication. The principle of the classification was to be simple, reproducible, flexible, and applicable irrespective of the cultural background. The aim of the current study was to critically evaluate this classification from the perspective of its use in the literature, by assessing interobserver variability in grading complex complication scenarios and to correlate the classification grades with patients', nurses', and doctors' perception. Reports from the literature using the classification system were systematically analyzed. Next, 11 scenarios illustrating difficult cases were prepared to develop a consensus on how to rank the various complications. Third, 7 centers from different continents, having routinely used the classification, independently assessed the 11 scenarios. An agreement analysis was performed to test the accuracy and reliability of the classification. Finally, the perception of the severity was tested in patients, nurses, and physicians by presenting 30 scenarios, each illustrating a specific grade of complication. We noted a dramatic increase in the use of the classification in many fields of surgery. About half of the studies used the contracted form, whereas the rest used the full range of grading. Two-thirds of the publications avoided subjective terms such as minor or major complications. The study of 11 difficult cases among various centers revealed a high degree of agreement in identifying and ranking complications (89% agreement), and enabled a better definition of unclear situations. Each grade of complications significantly correlated with the perception by patients, nurses, and physicians (P < 0.05, Kruskal-Wallis test). This 5-year evaluation provides strong evidence that the classification is valid and applicable worldwide in many fields of surgery. No modification in the general principle of classification is warranted in view of the use in ongoing publications and trials. Subjective, inaccurate, or confusing terms such as "minor or major" should be removed from the surgical literature.
    Annals of surgery 08/2009; 250(2):187-96. · 7.90 Impact Factor
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    Martin Palavecino, Christian Wittekind, Jean Nicolas Vauthey
    Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill.: 1960) 01/2009; 143(12):1235-6; author reply 1236. · 4.32 Impact Factor
  • Journal de Chirurgie. 08/2008; 145(4):401.
  • G Morris-Stiff, Y-M Tan, J N Vauthey
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this article is to review the current state of knowledge in relation to the development of chemotherapy associated steatohepatitis (CASH) and sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) occurring following the administration of irinotecan and oxaliplatin respectively to patients with colorectal liver metastases and also to highlight potential concerns relating to other new agents. An electronic search was performed of the medical literature using the MEDLINE database to identify relevant articles related to the incidence, aetiology, pathology and effects of CASH and SOS outcome in patients undergoing hepatic resection. CASH and SOS are relatively common findings in liver resection specimens following the administration of irinotecan and oxaliplatin-based regimes being reported in up to 50% and 20% of cases respectively. Whilst the aetiology and pathological changes are well-described, the relationship between the presence of these pathologies and outcomes is less well defined. The data in relation to SOS following oxaliplatin is limited but there may be an increased morbidity associated with the presence of SOS. There is significantly more evidence that the presence of CASH is associated with an increased morbidity and possibly mortality following hepatic resection as a result of the development of liver failure. Further studies are required to clarify these early observations. The frequent identification of distinct pathological entities in association with oxaliplatin and irinotecan chemotherapy means that patients undergoing liver resection following treatment with these agents should be carefully monitored to accurately determine the morbidity and mortality attributable to the use of these agents. Furthermore, additional studies are required to clarify risk factors for the development of CASH and SOS so that certain regimens can be avoided in at risk populations thus reducing hepatic damage and increasing the chances of cure and survival following liver resection.
    European journal of surgical oncology: the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology 07/2008; 34(6):609-14. · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with borderline resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PA) include those with localized disease who have tumor or patient characteristics that preclude immediate surgery. There is no optimal treatment schema for this distinct stage of disease, so the role of surgery is undefined. We defined patients with borderline resectable PA as fitting into one of three distinct groups. Group A comprised patients with tumor abutment of the visceral arteries or short-segment occlusion of the Superior Mesenteric Vein. In group B, patients had findings suggestive but not diagnostic of metastasis. Group C patients were of marginal performance status. Patients were treated initially with chemotherapy, chemoradiation, or both; those of sufficient performance status who completed preoperative therapy without disease progression were considered for surgery. Between October 1999 and August 2006, 160 (7%) of 2,454 patients with PA were classified as borderline resectable. Of these, 125 (78%) completed preoperative therapy and restaging, and 66 (41%) underwent pancreatectomy. Vascular resection was required in 18 (27%) of 66 patients, and 62 (94%) underwent a margin-negative pancreatectomy. A partial pathologic response to induction therapy (< 50% viable tumor) was seen in 37 (56%) of 66 patients. Median survival was 40 months for the 66 patients who completed all therapy and 13 months for the 94 patients who did not undergo pancreatectomy (p < 0.001). This is the first large report of borderline resectable PA and includes objective definitions for this stage of disease. Our neoadjuvant approach allowed for identification of the marked subset of patients that was most likely to benefit from surgery, as evidenced by the favorable median survival in this group.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 06/2008; 206(5):833-46; discussion 846-8. · 4.50 Impact Factor
  • D. Ribero, E. K. Abdalla, J.‐N. Vauthey
    British Journal of Surgery 03/2008; 95(3). · 4.84 Impact Factor

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  • 1999–2014
    • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
      • Department of Surgical Oncology
      Houston, Texas, United States
  • 2008
    • Saint James School Of Medicine
      Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
  • 2007
    • University of Zurich
      Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2001
    • University of Pennsylvania
      • Department of Radiation Oncology
      Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 1994–1999
    • University of Florida
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Department of Radiation Oncology
      Gainesville, FL, United States
  • 1996
    • South Florida Radiation Oncology
      Florida, United States
  • 1993–1995
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
      • Department of Surgery
      New York City, New York, United States
    • Universität Bern
      • Visceral and Transplantation Surgery Research Group
      Berna, Bern, Switzerland
  • 1992
    • Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern
      Berna, Bern, Switzerland