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Thoracic Cancer

Lijian Huang, Lufeng Zhao, Hu Tang, Ying Chai
Left bronchial isomerism is a rare condition characterized by a bronchial structure on the right side that is a mirror image of the left side. In this report, we record our experience with a 62-year-old female lung cancer patient in whom left bronchial isomerism was discovered during surgery using a thoracoscope. A right upper pulmonary lobectomy was successfully completed, the key to which was successful separation of the right upper and middle lobes. As there is a risk of excising the wrong bronchi in such cases, thoracic surgeons need to identify bronchus variations...
October 17, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Peng Jiao, Qing-Jun Wu, Yao-Guang Sun, Chao Ma, Wen-Xin Tian, Han-Bo Yu, Hong-Feng Tong
BACKGROUND: The advantages and disadvantages of three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) two-port video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy and systematic dissection of mediastinal lymph nodes for lung cancer were investigated. METHODS: Between December 2013 and July 2015 at Beijing Hospital, 191 patients underwent lobectomy and systematic dissection of mediastinal lymph nodes for lung cancer. After applying the study criteria, a total of 165 patients were included and allocated to 3D (n = 76) and 2D (n = 89) groups...
October 4, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Kiyohiro Sakai, Masayuki Takeda, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Kaoru Tanaka, Takeshi Okuda, Amami Kato, Yasumasa Nishimura, Tetsuya Mitsudomi, Atsuko Koyama, Kazuhiko Nakagawa
INTRODUCTION: The concept of "oligometastasis" has emerged as a basis on which to identify patients with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who might be most amenable to curative treatment. Limited data have been available regarding the survival of patients with node-negative oligometastatic NSCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients with advanced NSCLC who attended Kindai University Hospital between January 2007 and January 2016 were recruited to this retrospective study...
September 12, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Cai-Hua Wang, Chuan-Cai Xu, Jun-Hong Jiang, Yan-Bin Chen, Sheng-Hua Zhan
Primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma (PPSS) is a rare disease. Diagnosis is made postoperatively following resection of the tumor. We describe the case of a 39-year-old non-smoking woman whose chest imaging revealed a heterogeneous mass (5.4 cm × 4.6 cm), with soft tissue density in the right upper lobe and pleural effusion in the right hemithorax. The tumor was enhanced on a computed tomography scan, in which enlargement of the mediastinal lymph nodes compressing the adjacent superior vena cava was observed...
September 10, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Zhi Yang, Zitong Wang, Yong Duan, Shaofa Xu
BACKGROUND: Lung carcinoid tumors are rare, low-grade, malignant neoplasms with some unclear features. The aim of this study was to analyze clinicopathological features and long-term survival in patients with primary lung carcinoid tumors. METHODS: Patients who underwent surgery in our clinic and were diagnosed with carcinoid tumors, between August 1997 and July 2012, were included in the study. Patient characteristics and clinicopathological factors were retrospectively evaluated...
September 6, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Qiuyi Zhang, Xuchao Zhang, Honghong Yan, Benyuan Jiang, Chongrui Xu, Jinji Yang, Zhihong Chen, Jian Su, Yi-Long Wu, Qing Zhou
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) are remarkably effective for treating EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the individual role of EGFR-TKIs in patients with brain metastasis (BM) arising from EGFR-mutant NSCLC remains unclear. METHODS: Patients with BM secondary to NSCLC and harboring EGFR-activating mutations were retrospectively screened. Patients who received gefitinib or erlotinib to control both extracranial lesions (ECLs) and intracranial lesions (ICLs) were eligible...
September 1, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Ha Young Park, Hyung Joo Oh, Ki-Hyun Kim, Tae-Ok Kim, Cheol-Kyu Park, Hong-Jun Shin, Jung-Hwan Lim, Yong-Soo Kwon, In-Jae Oh, Yu-Il Kim, Sung-Chul Lim, Young-Chul Kim, Yoo-Duk Choi
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutation is a reliable predictive factor for response to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). The quantified EGFR value may also predict response and survival within an EGFR mutated group. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 836 lung cancer patients. The patient sample was divided into two groups based on the mean delta cycle threshold (∆Ct) value. EGFR mutation tests using peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-mediated clamping polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were performed...
September 1, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Yanzhe Zhu, Yingying Du, Hu Liu, Tai Ma, Yuanyuan Shen, Yueyin Pan
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to observe the efficacy and safety of pulsatile administration of high-dose gefitinib or erlotinib in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with secondary drug resistance to standard doses of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 42 NSCLC patients from our hospital, between August 2014 and December 2015, who had experienced drug resistance after one year of conventional treatment with gefitinib or erlotinib...
August 24, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Hisao Imai, Keita Mori, Nodoka Watase, Toshifumi Kazama, Sakae Fujimoto, Kyoichi Kaira, Masanobu Yamada, Koichi Minato
BACKGROUND: The effects of first-line chemotherapy on overall survival (OS) might be confounded by subsequent therapies in patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Therefore, the objective of our study was to determine the relationships between progression-free survival (PFS) or post-progression survival (PPS) and OS after first-line chemotherapy in elderly patients with extensive disease-SCLC (ED-SCLC), using individual level data. METHODS: Between July 1998 and December 2014, we analyzed 57 cases of elderly patients with ED-SCLC who were treated with carboplatin and etoposide as first-line chemotherapy...
August 1, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Yi Zhang, Kaijiong Zhang, Zhenglian Luo, Lian Liu, Lichun Wu, Jinbo Liu
BACKGROUND: It is well known that HOX transcript antisense intergenic ribonucleic acid (HOTAIR) plays an important role in breast cancer (BC). However, whether circulating HOTAIR in plasma could be used for BC diagnosis and dynamic monitoring are unclear. METHODS: We tested the expression levels of HOTAIR in 30 pairs of tissue samples and 148 plasma samples from BC patients by quantitative real time-polymerase chain reaction, and the correlation between plasma HOTAIR levels and clinical features were analyzed...
August 1, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Hideomi Yamashita, Ryousuke Takenaka, Kae Okuma, Kuni Ootomo, Keiichi Nakagawa
BACKGROUND: A prospective study was performed on the use of chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for esophageal cancer (EC) with involved-field radiation therapy (IFRT), based on 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography. Prognostic factors for overall survival (OS) were analyzed. METHODS: Eligible patients included 63 adults with newly diagnosed, untreated, inoperable stage I-IV EC with lymph node metastases. Patients received 80 mg/m(2) nedaplatin per day on day 1, 800 mg/m(2) 5-fluorouracil on days 1-4 intravenously repeated every 28 days for two to four cycles, and combined IFRT...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Keishi Mizuguchi, Hiroshi Minato, Hitomi Onishi, Yuki Mitani, Jun Kawai
Primary pulmonary neoplasms of the Ewing family of tumors (EFT) are extremely rare and usually occur in adolescents or young adults. Only about 40 cases of pulmonary EFT have been reported in English literature, and no cytological studies have been documented. In this report, we describe the cytopathological findings of a primary pulmonary EFT in an elderly patient. A 70-year-old man sought care because of a progressing cough and dyspnea. Chest computed tomography revealed a circumscribed mass of 6 cm in the left upper lobe...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Yanhong Ren, Min Zhu, Yan Liu, Xiaoli Diao, Yuhui Zhang
Primary pulmonary angiosarcoma is a rare type of malignant vascular tumor with a very aggressive clinical course and a grim prognosis. To date, only a handful of cases have been reported in English literature. Its rarity and consequent low index of suspicion makes clinical diagnosis difficult. In this report we present three cases of primary pulmonary angiosarcoma with cough, hemoptysis, and progressive dyspnea to contribute to the sparse literature on this disease. A review is made of previous reports of primary pulmonary angiosarcomas, and the clinical characteristics, diagnosed method, treatment options, and prognosis of pulmonary angiosarcoma are also discussed...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Shuyang Yao, Xiuyi Zhi, Ruotian Wang, Kun Qian, Mu Hu, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations occur in about 50% of Asian patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Patients with advanced NSCLC and EGFR mutations derive clinical benefit from treatment with EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). This study assessed the efficacy and safety of adjuvant icotinib without chemotherapy in EGFR-mutated NSCLC patients undergoing resection of stage IB-IIIA. METHODS: Our retrospective study enrolled 20 patients treated with icotinib as adjuvant therapy...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
De-Lan Li, Xin-Ru Chen, Shu-Xiang Ma, Li-Kun Chen
Identification of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene has refined the classification of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and promoted research on molecularly targeted drugs such as crizotinib, an ALK inhibitor with good efficacy, in ALK-rearranged NSCLC. At present, few studies have reported the efficacy of crizotinib in patients with ALK-rearranged NSCLC with brain metastases. In a patient with NSCLC harboring ALK-rearrangement who had brain metastases and poor performance status (PS), we obtained a durable response with crizotinib administered following multi-line chemotherapy regimens...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Song Dong, Xue-Ning Yang, Wen-Zhao Zhong, Qiang Nie, Ri-Qiang Liao, Jun-Tao Lin, Yi-Long Wu
BACKGROUND: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy has emerged as a safe and effective technique for treating early-stage lung cancer. Novel three-dimensional, high-definition (3D HD) imaging has removed this technical obstacle and is increasingly used in laparoscopic surgery. We compared our initial experience of 3D HD VATS with standard two-dimensional (2D) HD VATS to identify the advantages and disadvantages of 3D HD visualization in VATS. METHODS: The data of consecutive patients diagnosed with lung cancer who underwent 2D or 3D thoracoscopic lobectomy or bilobectomy at the Guangdong Lung Cancer Institute from July 2013 to October 2014 were retrospectively analyzed...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Bingwen Zou, Jing Pang, Yongmei Liu, Yong Xu, Lu Li, Lin Zhou, Jiang Zhu, Meijuan Huang, Jin Wang, Li Ren, Youlin Gong, You Lu, Longqi Chen, Feng Peng
BACKGROUND: We compared the efficacy of postoperative chemoradiation (POCRT) and surgery alone (SA) in patients with stage II-III esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). METHODS: We analyzed the records of 265 patients with stage II-III ESCC who had undergone transthoracic esophagectomy and lymphadenectomy; 105 patients received POCRT, while 160 had SA. RESULTS: The median disease-free survival (DFS) of the whole cohort was 22 months (95% confidence interval [CI], 19...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Kouhei Tajima, Nobuyuki Uchida, Hajime Sasamoto, Toshiyuki Okada, Takayuki Kohri, Akira Mogi, Hiroyuki Kuwano
A 69-year-old woman visited our hospital complaining of right chest pain. Chest computed tomography showed a 55 × 45 mm tumor in the right upper lobe. Bronchoscopy revealed displaced anomalous B (1) and B (2)(+3) arising from the right main bronchus, and the patient was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma by transbronchial lung biopsy from the displaced B (2)(+3) . Three-dimensional computed tomography with multiplanar reconstruction revealed a displaced anomalous B (1) and B (2)(+3) branching directly from the right main bronchus, respectively, and abnormal distribution of the aberrant pulmonary vein (V (2) ) descended dorsally to the right main bronchus and emptied into the left atrium...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Baodong Liu, Lei Liu, Mu Hu, Kun Qian, Yuanbo Li
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) combined with palliative thoracoscopic pleurodesis (TP) for malignant pleural effusion and/or pleural disseminated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), diagnosed by thoracoscopy. METHODS: The study was composed of 40 patients with primary NSCLC with malignant pleural effusion and/or pleural dissemination recognized for the first time during thoracoscopic exploration...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Jing-Xin Shao, Bo Wang, Yi-Nan Yao, Zhi-Jie Pan, Qian Shen, Jian-Ying Zhou
BACKGROUND: Perineural invasion has been found in several types of human tumors, and is associated with poor prognosis; however, few studies have examined perineural invasion in lung cancer. We evaluated the relationship between autonomic nervous densities, pathological risk grading, and prognosis in patients with lung adenocarcinoma (LADC). METHODS: Neural fiber expression was examined by immunofluorescence in resected lung specimens in control patients (n = 30), and low-risk (n = 22), and high-risk LADC patients (n = 43)...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
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