Franz M. N. H. Schramel

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
INTRODUCTION Disease management and costs of treatment of patients with unresectable advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in The Netherlands are not well known. METHODS A retrospective medical chart review was performed by collecting data from the time of diagnosis until the time of death or the end of the evaluation period. In addition to the(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)
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)
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)
A relationship between idiopathic spontaneous pneumothorax (ISP) and visible parenchymal bullae and blebs has been reported. The causal relationship between blebs and bullae and ISP is questionable. Consequently, resection of the involved area is only indicated if it predisposes to recurrence of the pneumothorax. CT studies on 101 cases of ISP were(More)