The authors examined the SEER database to assess racial disparities in use of PET for lung cancer staging 2007-2015 and subsequent one-year survival. Blacks (OR 0.54) and Hispanics (OR 0.72) were less likely to undergo PET compared to non-Hispanic whites. Use of PET was associated with improved survival (HR 0.61).
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Lung Cancer - Staging
August 21, 2019
An interesting discussion in this manuscript of a case-control study of 666 subjects.
August 20, 2019
Interesting follow-up study of 208 pulmonary ground -glass opacities in 160 subjects, with a yield of three adenocardinomas.
Unforeseen N2 Disease After Negative Endosonography Findings With or Without Confirmatory Mediastinoscopy in Resectable Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
May 20, 2019
Rates of unforeseen N2 disease were similar between nodal staging by EBUS and mediastinoscopy, but mediastinoscopy had a complication rate of 6%.
April 17, 2019
Dr Burt gives a brief overview of the considerable advances for patients with thoracic malignancies (non–small cell lung cancer in particular).
Invasive Mediastinal Staging for Lung Cancer by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database Participants
September 26, 2018
Data in the STS Database indicate that invasive mediastinal staging is underused in patients undergoing resection for non-small cell lung cancer, and that the pattern of use varies widely among the participants. Use of guidelines outlining indications for invasive mediastinal staging should be encouraged.
In Global News: Designs for Children’s Heart Surgery, Revisiting Tobacco Regulations, and Equally Good Lung Cancer Surgery Any Day of the Week
May 11, 2018
In Global News: Endocarditis in Illicit Drug Users, ERAS Cardiac Surgery Consensus Statement, and NSCLC Upstaging
May 4, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest An article in the New York Times looks at the ethical dilemma of performing surgery for endocarditis in illicit drug users whose addictions go untreated.
April 13, 2018
The authors demonstrate that mediastinoscopy at the time of either open or VATS lobectomy is independently associated with an increased risk of postoperative pulmonary complications (OR 1.46 and 1.53, respectively).
Mediastinal Staging by Videomediastinoscopy in Clinical N1 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Prospective Multicentre Study
February 1, 2018
Decaluwé and colleagues prospectively tested the capacity of preoperative staging by video-assisted mediastinoscopy (VAM) or VAM-lymphadenectomy (VAM-LA) to detect hidden mediastinal lymph node involvement in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).