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BACKGROUND Although video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy has been used more and more frequently for the treatment of patients with early-stage lung cancer, controversies are mainly focused on whether the complete mediastinal lymph node dissection (MLND) can be achieved by VATS. This retrospective study aimed to compare the validity of MLND(More)
BACKGROUND The role of IL-17 producing cells in tumors is controversial. In the present study, we investigated the prognostic value of measuring tumor-infiltrating IL-17 producing cell levels in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Immunohistochemical staining was performed to investigate the levels of IL-17+(More)
BACKGROUND Segmental nodes are not examined routinely in current clinical practice for lung cancer, the role of segmental nodes in pathological staging of non-small cell lung cancer after radical resection was investigated. METHODS A total of 113 consecutive non-small cell lung cancer patients who underwent radical resection between June 2009 and December(More)
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