Patient Care and General Interest
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Lung Cancer - Surgery
In Global News: HCV and Heart Transplants, Refusing Lung Cancer Treatment, and Predicting Intraoperative Hypotension
June 15, 2018
May 23, 2018
This is among the first and largest summaries of the use of neoadjuvant PD-1 inhibitor (nivolumab) in patients with resectable lung cancer. The safety profile was adequate, 20 of 21 patients underwent complete resection, and the pathologic major response rate was 45%. The response was similar regardless of PD-L1 status, and response was related to
May 14, 2018
Thomas and colleagues performed a retrospective analysis of patient information from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to identify risk factors for postdischarge venous thromboembolism (VTE) following lung resection.
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).
Clinical Impact and Risk Factors for Skeletal Muscle Loss After Complete Resection of Early Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
April 13, 2018
The authors studied patients after resection of stage I non-small cell lung cancer. They found that nearly one-third had decreased muscle one year postoperatively, which was associated with poor performance status and decreased overall and cancer-specific survival.
In Global News: Smallest Heart Valve for Infants, a Modified TAVR Valve for TMVR, and Thoracic Outlet Surgery Fashion
March 9, 2018
Patient Care Carter Capps, a pitcher for professional baseball team the San Diego Padres, has made himself a necklace out of the rib surgeons removed during his thoracic outlet surgery.
The Great Debate Flashes: Surgery Versus Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy as the Primary Treatment of Early-Stage Lung Cancer
February 26, 2018
Weder and colleagues present a debate addressing surgery versus stereotactic body radiotherapy as the primary treatment of early-stage lung cancer. Arguments relating to outcome and the impact on further therapy are given by both surgeons and radiation oncologists.
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.