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Fernando Vannucci, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) for treatment of lung cancer is being increasingly applied worldwide in the last few years. Since its introduction, many publications have been providing strong evidences that this minimally invasive approach is feasible, safe and oncologically efficient; offering to patients several advantages over traditional open thoracotomy, particularly for early-stage disease (I and II). The application of VATS for locally advanced disease treatment has also been largely described, but probably requires a further level of experience, which is more likely to be found in reference centers, with skilled experts...
October 2016: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Thomas Atwater, Christine M Cook, Pierre P Massion
The noninvasive diagnosis of lung cancer remains a formidable challenge. Although tissue diagnosis will remain the gold standard for the foreseeable future, questions pertaining to the risks and costs associated with invasive diagnostic procedures are of prime relevance. This review addresses new modalities for improving the noninvasive evaluation of suspicious lung nodules. Ultimately, the goal is to translate early diagnosis into early treatment. We discuss how biomarkers could assist in distinguishing benign from malignant nodules and aggressive from indolent tumors...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Kristine E Konopka
In the past 5 years, there has arguably been a shift in the pathologic diagnosis of lung cancer, especially adenocarcinoma, moving toward a more patient-centered approach to reporting that works to incorporate information that may be clinically meaningful to prognosis and impactful to clinical management strategy. As the demand for specialty team care surges, the need for effective communication between specialties continues to increase, particularly to ensure that we are all speaking the same language with regard to diagnostic certainty and the implementation of new terminology...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Igor Barjaktarevic, Doug Arenberg, Brandon S Grimes, Kathleen Ruchalski, Denise R Aberle
Each year, more than 1 million persons worldwide are found to have a lung nodule that carries a risk of being malignant. In reality, the vast majority of lung nodules are benign, whether identified by screening or incidentally. The consequences of delaying or missing the diagnosis of lung cancer can be substantial, as can be the consequences of invasive procedures on patients with benign lung nodules. The challenge for the clinician caring for these patients is to differentiate between benign and malignant nodules with the least harm possible...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Huan H Sun, Joanna Sesti, Jessica S Donington
Recent advances in the surgical treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have focused heavily on making procedures less invasive, less radical, and better tolerated. Advances in accuracy and increased utilization of cross-sectional imaging allows for diagnosis of smaller and more indolent tumors and preinvasive lesions. Similar to advanced disease, early-stage treatment is now being tailored to individual patients and their tumors. Sublobar resections are gaining acceptance as an oncologically equivalent approach to lobectomy in well-selected stage I patients...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Amar U Kishan, Percy Lee
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the second most common solid malignancy in the United States of America, and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality. Nearly 15% of patients present with early-stage disease, for which the standard of care is lobectomy. However, the median age at diagnosis ranges from 65 to 74 years, and many patients have significant comorbidities that preclude surgical treatment. Previously, the standard of care for these patients was definitive radiotherapy (RT) with conventional fractionation (i...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Valerie W Rusch
More than 20% of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) are classified as stage III disease at diagnosis because they are locoregionally advanced tumors. Local therapy alone (surgery or radiation) leads to poor overall survival in stage III NSCLC because most of the patients with NSCLC die of distant metastases. Therefore, during the past 20 years, studies have focused on developing effective chemotherapy regimens that can be combined with local therapies (surgery and/or radiation). The role of surgery has been extensively evaluated and the selection criteria for resection defined...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Sana Saif Ur Rehman, Suresh S Ramalingam
Advanced stage nonsmall cell lung cancer had been treated mainly with platinum-based doublet chemotherapy, and other cytotoxic agents that offered significant survival advantage over best supportive care, until recently. Modest improvements were achieved with the addition of antibodies targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor, and the introduction of maintenance chemotherapy. Improvements in our knowledge of lung cancer biology have shifted the current treatment paradigm from being based on histology to one based on molecular biomarkers...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Brett C Bade, Gerard A Silvestri
Lung cancer patients are at high risk of suffering due to severe and refractory symptoms, concomitant respiratory comorbidity, frequent disease progression, and treatment that can worsen and compromise quality of life. Palliative care (PC) has shown multiple benefits to cancer patients such as better quality of life, higher patient and family satisfaction, improved disease understanding, less symptom burden, fewer depressive symptoms, less aggressive end of life care, and even improved survival with early implementation...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Manish K Thakur, Shirish M Gadgeel
Therapy of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients has evolved over the past few years with the incorporation of targeted therapy and immune therapy. These changes have increased the importance of prognostic and predictive biomarkers to enable practicing physicians in making the most appropriate treatment decisions for NSCLC patients. A variety of prognostic factors based on clinical and pathologic features determine the overall outcome of the patient and these factors do influence decisions regarding initiation of therapy...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Kristen A Marrone, Jarushka Naidoo, Julie R Brahmer
The treatment paradigm for lung cancer has been transformed in recent years by the use of immunotherapy, specifically, immune checkpoint antibodies (mAb), which are agents designed to reinvigorate an immune-mediated anticancer response by releasing the effects of tumor-mediated immunosuppression. Late-phase clinical trials of these agents in patients with advanced lung cancers have translated into improved clinical outcomes compared with standard-of-care chemotherapy for the treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, and have resulted in FDA approvals for two immune checkpoint mAbs in the second-line setting...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Gregory P Kalemkerian
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a high-grade neuroendocrine tumor characterized by rapid growth, early metastatic spread, and initial responsiveness to therapy. Although the incidence of SCLC is declining, it remains one of the common causes of cancer-related mortality. Initial evaluation of patients with SCLC should focus on determining the extent of disease and the ability of the patient to tolerate specific therapy. Positron emission tomography (PET) can improve the accuracy of staging and treatment planning in many patients...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Martin Reck, Delvys Rodríguez-Abreu, Andrew G Robinson, Rina Hui, Tibor Csőszi, Andrea Fülöp, Maya Gottfried, Nir Peled, Ali Tafreshi, Sinead Cuffe, Mary O'Brien, Suman Rao, Katsuyuki Hotta, Melanie A Leiby, Gregory M Lubiniecki, Yue Shentu, Reshma Rangwala, Julie R Brahmer
Background Pembrolizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody against programmed death 1 (PD-1) that has antitumor activity in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with increased activity in tumors that express programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1). Methods In this open-label, phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned 305 patients who had previously untreated advanced NSCLC with PD-L1 expression on at least 50% of tumor cells and no sensitizing mutation of the epidermal growth factor receptor gene or translocation of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene to receive either pembrolizumab (at a fixed dose of 200 mg every 3 weeks) or the investigator's choice of platinum-based chemotherapy...
October 8, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Richard B L Lim
Despite advances in the detection, pathological diagnosis and therapeutics of lung cancer, many patients still develop advanced, incurable and progressively fatal disease. As physicians, the duties to cure sometimes, relieve often and comfort always should be a constant reminder to us of the needs that must be met when caring for a patient with lung cancer. Four key areas of end-of-life care in advanced lung cancer begin with first recognizing 'when a patient is approaching the end of life'. The clinician should be able to recognize when the focus of care needs to shift from an aggressive life-sustaining approach to an approach that helps prepare and support a patient and family members through a period of progressive, inevitable decline...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Bing Hou, Xu-Feng Deng, Dong Zhou, Quan-Xing Liu, Ji-Gang Dai
BACKGROUND: Although lobectomy is still the preferred treatment for patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), segmentectomy or wedge resection is frequently performed on patients who cannot withstand the physiological rigors of lobectomy. The objective of this study was to compare the overall survival (OS), cancer-specific survival (CSS), and disease-free survival outcomes among patients with stage I NSCLC who have undergone these procedures. METHODS: A systematic electronic search in three online databases was conducted from their earliest publication dates to June 2015...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Thomas J Vogl, Romina Eckert, Nagy N N Naguib, Martin Beeres, Tatjana Gruber-Rouh, Nour-Eldin A Nour-Eldin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to retrospectively evaluate local tumor control, time to tumor progression, and survival rates among patients with lung metastatic colorectal cancer who have undergone ablation therapy performed using laser-induced thermotherapy (LITT), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or microwave ablation (MWA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data for this retrospective study were collected from 231 CT-guided ablation sessions performed for 109 patients (71 men and 38 women; mean [± SD] age, 68...
September 28, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
A Matikas, V Georgoulias, A Kotsakis
Non-small cell lung cancer lung cancer (NSCLC) is a devastating disease, with poor prognosis for patients with metastatic disease. The management of these patients has evolved during the past decade, challenging the role of cytotoxic chemotherapy as the only available treatment option. Nevertheless, chemotherapy still retains a dominant position for the majority of both treatment naïve and pretreated patients. Among the chemotherapeutic agents, docetaxel is one of the most commonly used in 1st and subsequent treatment lines, even in the current era of precision medicine...
October 3, 2016: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
David Jonathan Heineman, Martijn Geert Ten Berge, Johannes Marlene Daniels, Michaël Ignatius Versteegh, Perla Jacqueline Marang-van de Mheen, Michael Wilhelmus Wouters, Wilhelmina Hendrika Schreurs
BACKGROUND: Clinical staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) determines the initial treatment offered to a patient. The similarity between clinical and pathologic staging in some studies is as low as 50%, and others publish results as high as 91%. The Dutch Lung Surgery Audit is a clinical database that registers the clinical and pathologic TNM of almost all NSCLC patients who undergo operations in the Netherlands. The objective of this study was to determine the accuracy of clinical staging of NSCLC...
September 21, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
David Jonathan Heineman, Martijn Geert Ten Berge, Johannes Marlene Daniels, Michaël Ignatius Versteegh, Perla Jacqueline Marang-van de Mheen, Michael Wilhelmus Wouters, Wilhelmina Hendrika Schreurs
BACKGROUND: The clinical stage of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) determines the initial treatment, whereas the pathologic stage best determines prognosis and the need for adjuvant treatment. In an era in which stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) has become an alternative modality to surgical intervention, clinical staging is even more important, because pathologic staging is omitted in the case of SABR. The objective of this study was to determine the concordance between clinical and pathologic stage in routine clinical practice for patients with early-stage NSCLC...
September 21, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Vinicius Ernani, Conor E Steuer, Mohammad Jahanzeb
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and many other parts of the world. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) comprises 85-90% of lung cancers. Historically, the expected survival of patients with advanced disease has been estimated in months. In recent years, however, lung cancer has come to be seen as a treatable disease with multiple therapeutic options. Enormous advances in the understanding of its pathways and mechanisms have enabled personalized therapy in NSCLC. The evolving approach to therapy focuses on genomic profiling of the tumors to find molecular targets and develop specific agents for individualized therapy...
September 7, 2016: Annual Review of Medicine
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