Recent Peer Reviewed Publications 

A comparison of relative survival and cause-specific survival methods to measure net survival in cancer populations.

Makkar N, Ostrom QT, Kruchko C, Barnholtz-Sloan JS 

Accurate cancer survival statistics are necessary for describing population-level survival patterns and measuring advancements in cancer care. Net cancer survival is measured using two methods: cause-specific survival (CSS) and relative survival (RS). Both are valid methodologies for estimating net survival and are used widely in medical research. In these analyses, we compare CSS to RS at selected cancer sites.

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The epidemiology of spinal schwannoma in the United States between 2006 and 2014

Shahed Tish, MD, Ghaith Habboub, MD,  Min Lang, MD, MS, Quinn T. Ostrom, PhD, MPH, Carol Kruchko, BS, Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD, Pablo F. Recinos, MD, and Varun R. Kshettry, MD. 

Spinal schwannoma remins the third most common interadural spinal tumor following spinal meningioma and ependymoma. The available literature is generally limited to single-institution reports rather than epidemiological investigations. This article describes the epidemiology of spinal schwannoma in the U.S. from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2014. 

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Sex is an important prognostic factor for glioblastoma but not for nonglioblastoma

Haley Gittleman, Quinn T. Ostrom, LC Stetson, Kristin Waite, Tiffany R. Hodges, Christina H. Wright, James Wright, Joshua B. Rubin, Michael E. Berens, Justin Lathia, James R. Connor, Carol Kruchko, Andrew E. Sloan, and Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan  

Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and most malignant glioma. Nonglioblastoma (non-GBM) gliomas (WHO Grades II and III) are invasive and also oftern fatal. This study, was done to determine whether sex differences exist in glioma survival. Using the NCDB data, there was statiscially significant female survival advantage in GBM, but not in non-GBM.  

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