Donald G. Skinner, MD | Authors

Commentary (Quek et al): Management of Patients With Muscle-Invasive and Metastatic Bladder Cancer

September 01, 2005

Drs. Henry, MacVicar, and Hussainprovide a timely reviewof the current management ofmuscle-invasive and metastaticurothelial cancer. The emerging roleof neoadjuvant chemotherapy and thepromise of novel, less toxic targetedtherapies are of particular interest inthe treatment of a disease in whichoutcomes remain poor for locally advancedand metastatic involvementdespite an aggressive multimodalityapproach.[1] We wish to briefly commenton three issues raised by theauthors: (1) the role of surgery in themanagement of invasive disease,(2) the indiscriminate use of neoadjuvantchemotherapy for clinically localizeddisease, and (3) the currentstatus of bladder-sparing approaches.

Maintenance Therapy for Superficial Bladder Cancer

January 01, 2001

Transurethral resection remains the standard for first-line treatment of transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. This technique clearly defines the pathologic grade and is essential in determining the clinical stage of

Current Role of Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection in Testicular Cancer

May 01, 1997

The article by Drs. Steele and Richie is a well-written, extremely important review of the natural history, treatment options, and current role of surgery in the management of nonseminomatous germ cell tumors of the testis. The authors present their rationale for retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) in a thoughtful and provocative way. Their philosophy mimics that practiced at the University of Southern California (USC), which is very similar to that espoused by Drs. John Donohue and Larry Einhorn, who pioneered the current management practices that have made germ cell testicular tumors the most curable solid tumor in humans.[1,2]