Jitsuo Usuda

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OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to identify the clinicopathologic factors influencing postrecurrence survival (PRS) in and the effect of postrecurrence therapy (PRT) on patients with completely resected stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS We reviewed the data of 919 patients in whom complete resection of stage I NSCLC had been(More)
The case history is presented of a 61 year old man with von Recklinghausen's disease who developed a spontaneous haemothorax. In spite of being asymptomatic for five days after drainage, he died as a result of fatal sudden re-bleeding. The post mortem examination showed dissection and rupture of the left subclavian artery. Microscopically, disarrangement of(More)
INTRODUCTION The appropriate therapeutic strategy and postoperative management for patients with stage IA non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) still remain a matter of debate because of the prognostic heterogeneity of this population, including the risk of cancer recurrence. The objective of the current study was to identify the clinicopathological factors(More)
To define the clinicopathological features and discuss the optimal management of carcinoma showing thymus-like differentiation (CASTLE). We retrospectively analyzed six patients with CASTLE. The subjects comprised two men and four women (average age at initial diagnosis, 61 years, range 47–75 years). Preoperative biopsy yielded a correct diagnosis in two(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT), a treatment for cancer, uses a photosensitizer and laser irradiation to produce reactive oxygen in cells. In Japan, the United States, and many other countries, PDT is a treatment option for stage 0 (TisN0M0) and stage I (T1N0M0) centrally located early stage lung cancer. PDT can preserve lung function, can be repeated, and can(More)
The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter protein, BCRP (breast cancer resistance protein)/ABCG2 pumps out some types of photosensitizers used in photodynamic therapy (PDT) and causes resistance to the antitumor effect of PDT. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between the expression of BCRP and the efficacy of PDT using(More)
BACKGROUND Single-port video-assisted thoracic surgery (SPVATS) emerged several years ago as a new, minimally invasive surgery for diseases in the field of respiratory surgery, and is increasingly becoming a subject of interest for some thoracic surgeons in Europe and Asia. However, the adoption rate of this procedure in the United States and Japan remains(More)
A 76-year-old man took a chest X-ray for his medical checkup and an abnormal shadow was detected in the right lower lung field. For more detailed examination, he was referred to our hospital. Chest computed tomography showed a 20-mm nodule with relatively regular margins in the right lower lobe. A compact proliferation of circular to polygonal cells with a(More)
To our knowledge there is no in-depth report on the benefits of airway stenting, which focuses specifically on patients with inoperable advanced lung cancer causing severe central airway obstruction. We evaluated the role of airway stenting as one aspect of the multidisciplinary management of advanced lung cancer. We performed airway stenting in 40 lung(More)
Vinorelbine (Navelbine, KW-2307), a semisynthetic vinca alkaloid, is a potent inhibitor of mitotic microtubule polymerization. The aims of this study were to demonstrate radiosensitization produced by vinorelbine in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) PC-9 cells and to elucidate the cellular mechanism of radiosensitization. A clonogenic assay(More)