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BACKGROUND The aim of this prognostic factor analysis was to investigate if a patient's self-reported health-related quality of life (HRQOL) provided independent prognostic information for survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Pretreatment HRQOL was measured in 391 advanced NSCLC patients using the EORTC QLQ-C30 and(More)
The aim of this study was to analyse differences in efficacy and costs in treating first time or recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax by conservative therapy (pleural drainage or observation) and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Retrospectively, 112 patients treated by conservative therapy during 1985-1989 (Period 1) were compared with 97 patients(More)
Although spontaneous pneumothoraces have been recognized and treated for almost 180 yrs, new aspects have emerged concerning pathogenesis, diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities. In spite of the fact that blebs and bullae are frequently found in patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax, they seldom seem to be the actual cause of the(More)
PURPOSE To compare the therapeutic efficacy of paclitaxel plus cisplatin (arm A) versus gemcitabine plus cisplatin (arm B) and arm A versus paclitaxel plus gemcitabine (arm C) in chemotherapy-naive patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients were randomly assigned to receive either paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 (3-hour(More)
PURPOSE Our objective was to better define the activity/feasibility of gemcitabine/cisplatin (GC) as induction chemotherapy in patients with stage IIIA N2 non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) followed by surgery or radiotherapy within a large, ongoing comparative study (EORTC 08941). PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-seven chemotherapy-naive patients with NSCLC,(More)
Response rate and toxicity of second-line therapy with docetaxel (75 mg m(-2)) or docetaxel, irinotecan, and lenogastrim (60 mg m(-2), 200 mg m(-2), and 150 microg m(-2) day(-1), respectively) were compared in 108 patients with stage IIIb-IV non-small-cell lung cancer. Addition of irinotecan to docetaxel does not improve response rate, and increases(More)
Talc pleurodesis is an effective technique for the management of symptomatic malignant pleural effusions. It is assumed that a good dispersion of talc suspension contributes to the final success of this treatment. For this purpose, guidelines often advise to rotate the patient after intra-pleural instillation of the sclerosant. This prospective, randomized(More)
BACKGROUND Standard chemotherapy does not lead to long-term survival in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is strongly dependent on vasculature with high vessel counts and high concentrations of serum vascular growth factors. Thalidomide has shown antiangiogenic activity, and we hypothesised that its use in the(More)
BACKGROUND Gefitinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is an effective treatment in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with an activating mutation in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Randomised clinical trials showed a benefit in progression free survival for gefitinib versus doublet chemotherapy regimens in patients with an(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Comparison of the videothoracoscopic appearance of first and recurrent pneumothorax, and assessment of a relation between endoscopic appearance and recurrence rate. SETTING University hospital. PATIENTS Eighty-two patients, 64 men (mean age, 32.7 years) and 18 women (mean age, 31.5 years), were included. Patients with known underlying(More)