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Cancer

June 23, 2015
This video demonstrates the performance of a VATS trisegmentectomy on a patient with a left upper lobe cT1aN0 adenocarcinoma.
June 16, 2015
Data from a variety of US sources were used to estimate the contribution of smoking to mortality for 12 common malignancies (colorectal, esophagus, kidney, larynx, liver, lung, leukemia, head/neck, pancreas, stomach, bladder, cervix.  The contribution of smoking to mortality ranged from 10% (colorectal) to 77% (larynx).  The overall contribution was 
June 14, 2015
Trials evaluating the use of surgery in stage IIIB NSCLC are lacking. This study goes some way to address that and demonstrates that surgery as part of multi-modality therapy may result in a survival benefit.
June 12, 2015
This meta-analysis of published studies evaluated outcomes of multimodality therapy including resection for superior sulcus NSCLC invading the spine.  134 articles were evaluated, which included 135 patients.  63% had induction therapy, and all underwent en bloc resection.  52% had adjuvant therapy.  Survival at 3,5, and 10 years was 57%, 42%, and 27
June 12, 2015
Outcomes of esophagectomy, including in-hospital mortality and length of stay (LOS), were compared between England (centralized care) and the US (no centralized care).  Data for 2005-2010 included 7433 esophagectomies performed in 66 hospitals in England and 5858 esophagectomies performed in 775 hospitals in the US.  Morality was greater in the US (5
June 12, 2015
Laser-assisted fluorescent-dye angiography (LAA) was used prospectively in 150 patients undergoing esophagectomy with gastric pull-up to assess blood flow in the gastric tube.  Anastomotic leak occured in 17%.  Anastomoses performed in areas of normal perfusion had a 2% leak rate, compared to a 45% leak rate when anastomoses were performed in areas o
June 11, 2015
This single institution retrospective analysis of esophagectomy or gastrectomy for GEJ cancer compared outcomes between groups who did and did not complete recommended 2 cycles of postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy.  Of 110 pts who underwent perioperative chemotherapy, 67% completed postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy.  Completion of 2 cycles or mor
May 28, 2015
In presentations given at the 2014 STSA Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, two experts address lung cancer screening.
May 22, 2015
In this retrospective review of 336 patients treated surgically for early stage NSCLC, the prognostic value of PET SUV was evaluated.  Risks of recurrence and death increased steadily as SUV increased. 
May 22, 2015
This interesting article summarizes the potential benefits of exercise in patients with lung cancer, including improved exercise capacity and quality of life, and reduced postoperative complications and length of postoperative stay.  This modality is safe, and is likely underutilized in this patient population.

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