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Lung Cancer - Other

March 23, 2018
Patient Care A teen in Chicago, Illinois, USA, awaiting a heart transplant received the news that a heart was available from his pediatric cardiologist, who dressed up as Chewbacca from Star Wars just for the occasion.
March 23, 2018
Surgery for cancer is known to suppress immune response and facilitate the development of metastases.  In this study in mice, a scaffold designed to release agonists of innate immunity over time was placed in the bed of resected tumors.  The treatment reduced local recurrence and improved survival. 
February 23, 2018
A comprehensive review of pleural diseases from the internists' viewpoint. Relevant to surgeons in the sense of referrals for empyema, pleural effusions, and other traditional surgical problems that are now often dealt with revitalised internist-led options such as office pleuroscopy/pleurodesis.
January 22, 2018
A model analysis of a phase I surgical device trial. The readable editorial discusses the adoption of surgical innovation on the occasion of a harmonic sealing device for pulmonary resections, highlighting the problem of ligating small branches of the pulmonary artery in confined spaces. 
December 13, 2017
Liquid biopsies have long held promise for diagnosis, treatment selection, and surveillance of lung cancer patients.  This articles summarizes results of two studies involving highly precise measurement of tumor mutational burden.  A burden of 16-fold or greater was associated with improved overall survival with immunotherapy (atezolizumab) compared
November 8, 2017
This multicenter retrospective study sought to assess the utility of PET in the diagnosis of pulmonary nodules.  It emphasized the inclusion of patient cohorts from different geographic regions and who underwent PET for different indications such as lung cancer screening or surgical evaluation.  Among 1188 patients the positive predicted value was 86
October 24, 2017
Surgical treatment of metastatic disease, particularly lung cancer metastases, is often controversial.  This article reviews the literature on therapeutic surgical interventions, and comments on diagnostic, palliative, and consolidation roles for surgery in patients with stage IV NSCLC.
October 24, 2017
A useful reminder of the substantial progress that has been made and the continuing challenges that we face in fighting this terrible disease.
October 2, 2017
Researchers used  a nanomaterial sensor array and pattern recognition statistical techniques to evaluate exhaled breath samples from patients with suspicious lesions on imaging.  A total of  119 patients were included, of whom 30 had benign lesions.  In cancer patients, the accuracy of discriminating EGFR mutations from wild-type EGFR was 83