J-P van Meerbeeck

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Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare tumour but with increasing incidence and a poor prognosis. In 2008, the European Respiratory Society/European Society of Thoracic Surgeons Task Force brought together experts to propose practical and up-to-dated guidelines on the management of MPM. To obtain an earlier and reliable diagnosis of MPM, the experts(More)
PURPOSE Identification of prognostic factors in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma based on prospectively collected international data. PATIENTS AND METHODS From October 1984 to October 1993, 204 eligible adult patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma were entered into five consecutive prospective European Organization for Research and(More)
BACKGROUND Many randomised controlled trials have investigated the effect of adjuvant chemotherapy in operable non-small-cell lung cancer. We undertook two comprehensive systematic reviews and meta-analyses to establish the effects of adding adjuvant chemotherapy to surgery, or to surgery plus radiotherapy. METHODS We included randomised trials, not(More)
PURPOSE Gemcitabine-platinum combination activity has been clearly established in a number of phase II studies. It has also been compared against other combinations in many phase III trials. It is generally believed that all such regimens have an equivalent impact on survival. This meta-analysis aims to quantify the treatment effect of gemcitabine plus a(More)
The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC; protocol 08031) phase II trial investigated the feasibility of trimodality therapy consisting of induction chemotherapy followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy and post-operative radiotherapy in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (with a severity of cT3N1M0 or less). Induction(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)
OBJECTIVE To validate the influence of the Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) in patients with operated primary non-small cell lung cancer. METHODS From January 1996 to December 2001, 205 consecutive resections for non-small cell lung cancer were performed at the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam. The patients ranged in age from 29 to 82 years, with a mean(More)
PURPOSE Approximately 60% of patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) develop brain metastases. Whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) gives symptomatic improvement in more than 50% of these patients. Because brain metastases are a sign of systemic progression, and chemotherapy was found to be effective as well, it becomes questionable whether WBRT is the only(More)
Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) represents a common health issue in the elderly population. Nevertheless, the paucity of large, well-conducted prospective trials makes it difficult to provide evidence-based clinical recommendations for these patients. The present paper reviews the currently available evidence regarding treatment of all stages of NSCLC in(More)
S. Novello1, F. Barlesi2, R. Califano3,4, T. Cufer5, S. Ekman6, M. Giaj Levra7, K. Kerr8, S. Popat9, M. Reck10, S. Senan11, G. V. Simo12, J. Vansteenkiste13 & S. Peters14 on behalf of the ESMO Guidelines Committee* Oncology Department, University of Turin, AOU San Luigi-Orbassano, Orbassano, Italy; Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille,(More)