Franz M. N. H. Schramel

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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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Induction chemotherapy before surgical resection increases survival compared with surgical resection alone in patients with stage IIIA-N2 non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We hypothesized that, following a response to induction chemotherapy, surgical resection would be superior to thoracic radiotherapy as locoregional therapy. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Although surgery offers the best chance of cure for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the overall 5-year survival rate is modest, and improvements are urgently needed. In the 1990s, much interest was generated from two small trials that reported striking results with neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, and therefore our intergroup(More)
PURPOSE A clinical study was performed to evaluate the pharmacokinetics (PK) and toxicity of three dose levels of the angiogenesis inhibitor recombinant human (rh) angiostatin when administered twice daily by s.c. injection. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Eligible patients had cancer not amenable to standard treatments. Three groups of 8 patients received 7.5, 15,(More)
We present seven patients with the scimitar syndrome. The clinical and anatomical spectrum is described. Two different types of scimitar vein was recognized. a) simple classical vein running from the middle of the right lung to the cardiophrenic angle (5 patients) and b) double arched vein in the upper and lower lung zone, with ample drainage into the left(More)
UNLABELLED Video-assisted thoracoscopy (VAT) is usually performed under general anesthesia (GA). We performed an analysis to determine whether multithoracoport VAT under local anesthesia (LA) is feasible. METHODS Forty-five VAT under LA were performed in 34 men and 11 women (mean age 46.8 years) in the endoscopy room. RESULTS The waiting time for VAT(More)
The curative potential of bronchoscopic intervention, e.g. photodynamic therapy (PDT) and brachytherapy, for resectable radiographically occult lung cancer has been reported previously. Bronchoscopic electrocautery is currently feasible using an insulated flexible bronchoscope to coagulate and vaporize tumour tissue. Since the lesions are usually small,(More)
BACKGROUND Since its launch in 2003, the Dutch Lung Cancer Information Center's (DLIC) website has become increasingly popular. The most popular page of the website is the section "Ask the Physician", where visitors can ask an online lung specialist questions anonymously and receive an answer quickly. Most questions were not only asked by lung cancer(More)