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The aim of this study was to validate prospectively a model of cisplatin dose adjustment. 27 patients (63 courses) with lung cancer were treated by a 5 day continuous infusion of cisplatin and etoposide. The dose of cisplatin was adjusted in order to reach a target plasma concentration of total platinum (TP) of 2000 mu/l at the end of the infusion. The… (More)
BACKGROUND Airway epithelium integrity is essential to maintain its role of mechanical and functional barrier. Recurrent epithelial injuries require a complex mechanism of repair to restore its integrity. In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an abnormal airway epithelial repair may participate in airway remodeling. The objective was to determine… (More)
Cisplatin toxicity could be decreased by adjusting its dosage to each patient. For this purpose, a limited sampling method was established and validated based on a Bayesian approach taken using the values of assays during a 5-day continuous infusion of cisplatin. Using this method, a dosing model to achieve a target plasma concentration of total platinum… (More)
We describe a technique of total vertebrectomy for en bloc resection of a non-small cell lung cancer with vertebral invasion through a combination of thoracic and enlarged posterior approaches, and present our entire experience of total and partial vertebrectomy for tumors invading vertebral bodies or the costovertebral angle.
There is not as yet a specific marker for lung cancer. We tested the specificity of six serum markers using radio-immunological assays (CA-50, CA-19.9, CA-125, CA-15.3, Enolase, CEA) in 60 patients with non-neoplastic diseases of the lung (COPD: 28 patients, acute pneumonia: 23 patients, allery: 9 patients). No correlation was found between the percentage… (More)
Cisplatin (CDDP) and etoposide are synergistic in vitro: the aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a continuous infusion (C.I.) of these 2 drugs in inoperable non-small cell lung cancer. Patients were to receive 3 courses of CDDP 20 mg/m2/d in 1 l saline x 5d and etoposide 50 mg/m2/d in 21 saline x 5d--both in C.I.--every 3-4 weeks. Thirty… (More)
CA-125 is known as a marker of ovarian carcinoma; it is useful in monitoring response to treatment and it is even said to be a means of detecting ovarian carcinomas. We have studied the serum levels of CA-125 in 260 patients with advanced carcinomas (excluding ovarian cancer) and in 120 patients with non-malignant diseases (excluding gynaecological… (More)
Our aim was to investigate the relationship between suspected occupational hazards and airflow obstruction in industrial workers. The study was a cross-sectional survey of 314 male workers from a chalkpowder plant (n = 158) and from a sugar refinery (n = 156). Occupational exposure to chalkpowder and sugar dust was assessed by individual job classification.… (More)
The authors describe a very rare aetiology of iatrogenic pneumothorax occurring during breast puncture for cytology. They review the principal origins of iatrogenic pneumothorax and describe the composition of the chest wall beneath the breast.
CA-125, a serum marker of epithelial ovarian cancer, was studied by a radioimmunometric method: the sensitivity and specificity of the assay was studied in 260 patients with non ovarian carcinomas and 120 patients with non malignant diseases. The ideal threshold value has been discussed. Levels higher than 20 UI/ml (cut-off value) have been found in 53% of… (More)