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Trainee Publications

Throughout their training, residents have many opportunities to participate in prospective protocol studies as well as to conduct retrospective clinical research. The results of such analyses are an integral part of clinical research and have frequently led to major changes in radiotherapy technique and philosophy. Our residents regularly present their research at scientific conferences such as the annual meetings of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the Radiological Society of North America and the American Radium Society. Publications resulting from their research efforts can be found in many radiation oncology and other specialty journals.


This bibliography represents published research manuscripts of our current trainees.

  1. Weksberg DC, Allen PK, Hoffman KE, Litton JK, Strom EA, Shah RR, Kuerer HM, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA, Mittendorf EA. Outcomes and predictive factors for salvage therapy after local-regional recurrence following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and breast conserving therapy. Ann Surg Oncol, Oct, 2013; 20(11): 3430-3437
  2. Wang J, Wei C, Tucker SL, Myles B, Palmer M, Hofstetter WL, Swisher SG, Ajani JA, Cox JD, Komaki R, Liao Z, Lin SH. Predictors of postoperative complications after trimodality therapy for esophageal cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Aug 1, 2013; 86(5): 885-891
  3. Wang J, Myles B, Wei C, Chang JY, Hofstetter WL, Ajani JA, Swisher SG, Cox JD, Komaki R, Liao Z, Lin SH. Obesity and outcomes in patients treated with chemoradiotherapy for esophageal carcinoma. Dis Esophagus, Apr 26, 2013
  4. Walker GV, Giordano SH, Williams M, Jiang J, Niu J, MacKinnon J, Anderson P, Wohler B, Sinclair AH, Boscoe FP, Schymura MJ, Buchholz TA, Smith BD. Muddy water? Variation in reporting receipt of breast cancer radiation therapy by population-based tumor registries. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Jul 15, 2013; 86(4): 686-693
  5. Walker GV, Gilbert MR, Prabhu SS, Brown PD, McAleer MF. Temozolomide use in adult patients with gliosarcoma: an evolving clinical practice. J Neurooncol, Mar, 2013; 112(1): 83-89
  6. Tsai CJ, Sulman EP, Eifel PJ, Jhingran A, Allen PK, Deavers MT, Klopp AH. Galectin-7 levels predict radiation response in squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix.Gynecol Oncol, Apr 30, 2013
  7. Tsai CJ, Li J, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Allen PK, Woodward WA, Ueno NT, Lucci A, Krishnamurthy S, Gong Y, Yang W, Cristofanilli M, Valero V, Buchholz TA. Outcomes After Multidisciplinary Treatment of Inflammatory Breast Cancer in the Era of Neoadjuvant HER2-directed Therapy. Am J Clin Oncol, May 2, 2013
  8. Tsai CJ, Hofstede TM, Sturgis EM, Garden AS, Lindberg ME, Wei Q, Tucker SL, Dong L. Osteoradionecrosis and radiation dose to the mandible in patients with oropharyngeal cancer. Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Feb 1, 2013; 85(2): 415-420
  9. Takiar V, Pugh TJ, Swanson D, Kudchadker RJ, Bruno TL, McAvoy S, Mahmood U, Frank SJ. MRI-based sector analysis enhances prostate palladium-103 brachytherapy quality assurance in a phase II prospective trial of men with intermediate-risk localized prostate cancer.Brachytherapy, May 11, 2013
  10. Takiar V, Fontanilla HP, Eifel PJ, Jhingran A, Kelly P, Iyer RB, Levenback CF, Zhang Y, Dong L, Klopp A. Anatomic distribution of fluorodeoxyglucose-avid para-aortic lymph nodes in patients with cervical cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Mar 15, 2013; 85(4): 1045-1050
  11. McAvoy SA, Ciura KT, Rineer JM, Allen PK, Liao Z, Chang JY, Palmer MB, Cox JD, Komaki R, Gomez DR. Feasibility of proton beam therapy for reirradiation of locoregionally recurrent non-small cell lung cancer. Radiother Oncol, Sep 6, 2013
  12. Holliday EB, Sulman EP. Tumor prognostic factors and the challenge of developing predictive factors. Curr Oncol Rep, Feb, 2013; 15(1): 33-46
  13. Gomez DR, Gillin M, Liao Z, Wei C, Lin SH, Swanick C, Alvarado T, Komaki R, Cox JD, Chang JY. Phase 1 study of dose escalation in hypofractionated proton beam therapy for non-small cell lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Jul 15, 2013; 86(4): 665-670
  14. Evans JD, Gomez DR, Amini A, Rebueno N, Allen PK, Martel MK, Rineer JM, Ang KK, McAvoy S, Cox JD, Komaki R, Welsh JW. Aortic dose constraints when reirradiating thoracic tumors.Radiother Oncol, Mar, 2013; 106(3): 327-332
  15. Castle KO, Hoffman KE, Levy LB, Lee AK, Choi S, Nguyen QN, Frank SJ, Pugh TJ, McGuire SE, Kuban DA. Is androgen deprivation therapy necessary in all intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients treated in the dose escalation era? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Mar 1, 2013; 85(3): 693-699
  16. Castle KO, Guadagnolo BA, Tsai CJ, Feig BW, Zagars GK. Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: long-term outcomes of 53 patients treated with conservative surgery and radiation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Jul 1, 2013; 86(3): 585-590
  17. Brown AP, Pugh TJ, Swanson DA, Kudchadker RJ, Bruno TL, Christensen EN, van Vulpen M, Frank SJ. Improving prostate brachytherapy quality assurance with MRI-CT fusion-based sector analysis in a phase II prospective trial of men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer.Brachytherapy, Sep-Oct, 2013; 12(5): 401-407
  18. Brown AP, Jhingran A, Klopp AH, Schmeler KM, Ramirez PT, Eifel PJ. Involved-field radiation therapy for locoregionally recurrent ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol, Aug, 2013; 130(2): 300-305
  19. Brown AP, Gaffney DK, Dodson MK, Soisson AP, Belnap TW, Alleman K, Sause WT. Survival analysis of endometrial cancer patients with positive lymph nodes. Int J Gynecol Cancer, Jun, 2013; 23(5): 861-868
  20. Brown AP, Barney CL, Grosshans DR, McAleer MF, de Groot JF, Puduvalli VK, Tucker SL, Crawford CN, Khan M, Khatua S, Gilbert MR, Brown PD, Mahajan A. Proton beam craniospinal irradiation reduces acute toxicity for adults with medulloblastoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Jun 1, 2013; 86(2): 277-284
  21. Awan M, Kalpathy-Cramer J, Gunn GB, Beadle BM, Garden AS, Phan J, Holliday E, Jones WE, 3rd, Maani E, Patel A, Choi J, Clyburn V, Tantiwongkosi B, Rosenthal DI, Fuller CD. Prospective Assessment of an Atlas-Based Intervention Combined With Real-Time Software Feedback in Contouring Lymph Node Levels and Organs-at-Risk in the Head and Neck: Quantitative Assessment of Conformance to Expert Delineation. Pract Radiat Oncol, Jul 1, 2013; 3(3): 186193
  22. Weksberg DC, Palmer MB, Vu KN, Rebueno NC, Sharp HJ, Luo D, Yang JN, Shiu AS, Rhines LD, McAleer MF, Brown PD, Chang EL. Generalizable class solutions for treatment planning of spinal stereotactic body radiation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Nov 1, 2012; 84(3): 847-853
  23. Weksberg DC, Bilton SD, Chang EL. Use of a deformable atlas to identify cryptic critical structures in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. PLoS One, 2012; 7(3): e32098
  24. Wang XS, Rhines LD, Shiu AS, Yang JN, Selek U, Gning I, Liu P, Allen PK, Azeem SS, Brown PD, Sharp HJ, Weksberg DC, Cleeland CS, Chang EL. Stereotactic body radiation therapy for management of spinal metastases in patients without spinal cord compression: a phase 1-2 trial. Lancet Oncol, Apr, 2012; 13(4): 395-402
  25. Walker GV, Niikura N, Yang W, Rohren E, Valero V, Woodward WA, Alvarez RH, Lucci A, Jr., Ueno NT, Buchholz TA. Pretreatment staging positron emission tomography/computed tomography in patients with inflammatory breast cancer influences radiation treatment field designs. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Aug 1, 2012; 83(5): 1381-1386
  26. Walker GV, Li J, Mahajan A, McAleer MF, de Groot JF, Azeem SS, Brown PD. Decreasing radiation therapy utilization in adult patients with glioblastoma multiforme: a population-based analysis. Cancer, Sep 15, 2012; 118(18): 4538-4544
  27. Smith GL, Xu Y, Buchholz TA, Giordano SH, Jiang J, Shih YC, Smith BD. Association between treatment with brachytherapy vs whole-breast irradiation and subsequent mastectomy, complications, and survival among older women with invasive breast cancer.JAMA, May 2, 2012; 307(17): 1827-1837
  28. Koay EJ, Lege D, Mohan R, Komaki R, Cox JD, Chang JY. Adaptive/nonadaptive proton radiation planning and outcomes in a phase II trial for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Dec 1, 2012; 84(5): 1093-1100
  29. Koay E, Sulman EP. Management of brain metastasis: past lessons, modern management, and future considerations.Curr Oncol Rep, Feb, 2012; 14(1): 70-78
  30. Bian SX, Kuban DA, Levy LB, Oh J, Castle KO, Pugh TJ, Choi S, McGuire SE, Nguyen QN, Frank SJ, Nguyen PL, Lee AK, Hoffman KE. Addition of short-term androgen deprivation therapy to dose-escalated radiation therapy improves failure-free survival for select men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer. Ann Oncol, Sep, 2012; 23(9): 2346-2352
  31. Walker GV, Ahmed S, Allen P, Gidley PW, Woo SY, DeMonte F, Chang EL, Mahajan A. Radiation-induced middle ear and mastoid opacification in skull base tumors treated with radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Dec 1, 2011; 81(5): e819-823
  32. Tsai CJ, Crane CH, Skibber JM, Rodriguez-Bigas MA, Chang GJ, Feig BW, Eng C, Krishnan S, Maru DM, Das P. Number of lymph nodes examined and prognosis among pathologically lymph node-negative patients after preoperative chemoradiation therapy for rectal adenocarcinoma. Cancer, Aug 15, 2011; 117(16): 3713-3722
  33. Smith GL, Xu Y, Buchholz TA, Smith BD, Giordano SH, Haffty BG, Vicini FA, White JR, Arthur DW, Harris JR, Shih YC. Brachytherapy for accelerated partial-breast irradiation: a rapidly emerging technology in breast cancer care. J Clin Oncol, Jan 10, 2011; 29(2): 157-165
  34. Smith BD, Pan IW, Shih YC, Smith GL, Harris JR, Punglia R, Pierce LJ, Jagsi R, Hayman JA, Giordano SH, Buchholz TA. Adoption of intensity-modulated radiation therapy for breast cancer in the United States. J Natl Cancer Inst, May 18, 2011; 103(10): 798-809
  35. Smith BD, Jiang J, McLaughlin SS, Hurria A, Smith GL, Giordano SH, Buchholz TA. Improvement in breast cancer outcomes over time: are older women missing out? J Clin Oncol, Dec 10, 2011; 29(35): 4647-4653
  36. Shih YC, Chien CR, Xu Y, Pan IW, Smith GL, Buchholz TA. Economic burden of renal cell carcinoma in the US: Part II--an updated analysis. Pharmacoeconomics, Apr, 2011; 29(4): 331-341
  37. Walker GV, Smith GL, Perkins GH, Oh JL, Woodward W, Yu TK, Hunt KK, Hoffman K, Strom EA, Buchholz TA. Population-based analysis of occult primary breast cancer with axillary lymph node metastasis. Cancer, Sep 1, 2010; 116(17): 4000-4006
  38. Smith GL, Shih YC, Xu Y, Giordano SH, Smith BD, Perkins GH, Tereffe W, Woodward WA, Buchholz TA. Racial disparities in the use of radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery: a national Medicare study. Cancer, Feb 1, 2010; 116(3): 734-741
  39. Smith GL, Shih YC, Giordano SH, Smith BD, Buchholz TA. A method to predict breast cancer stage using Medicare claims. Epidemiol Perspect Innov, 2010; 7: 1
  40. Smith BD, Haffty BG, Wilson LD, Smith GL, Patel AN, Buchholz TA. The future of radiation oncology in the United States from 2010 to 2020: will supply keep pace with demand? J Clin Oncol, Dec 10, 2010; 28(35): 5160-5165

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