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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The usefulness of two tests in the serodiagnosis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) was compared. The tests were the serum Aspergillus galactomannan antigen test (Platelia (R) Aspergillus) by enzyme-linked immunoassay (EIA) using old and new cut-off indexes, and the Aspergillus precipitating antibody test. METHODS Both(More)
The effects of exogenous and endogenous granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) on invasion by cancer cells were studied, using lung cancer cell lines that produce G-CSF (NCI-H157) and lines that do not (PC-9 and NCI-H23). The invasive capacity of NCI-H157 cells was 26- to 27-fold higher than that of PC-9 and NCI-H23 cells. The invasiveness of PC-9(More)
Although drug-induced interstitial pneumonitis caused by gefitinib is well recognized in Japan, reports of alveolar hemorrhage caused by gefitinib are very rare. We encountered a case of alveolar hemorrhage thought to be caused by gefitinib. A 74-year-old woman with non-small cell lung cancer (adenocarcinoma; cT4NOM0, stage IIIB) had been receiving(More)
A 60-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with fever, appetite loss, and fatigue. Chest X-ray films and computed tomography scans showed fungus-ball-like lesions in the thoracic cavity, and pleural thickening with surrounding infiltration in the left upper lobe, developing over several months. The white blood cell count (WBC) and serum C-reactive(More)
OBJECTIVES Concurrent chemoradiotherapy for regionally advanced stage III non-small cell lung cancer is the standard treatment method. However, the clinical implications of consolidation chemotherapy following chemoradiation have been unclear. Therefore, we conducted a phase II study of concurrent weekly carboplatin plus paclitaxel treatment in combination(More)
A 25-year-old woman with no underlying disease presented with a large fluid-filled cavitary lesion in the right lung. Mycobacterium celatum was isolated from the cavitary fluid, and treatment with ethambutol, rifampicin, and clarithromycin was initiated. After 4 months of treatment, right lower pulmonary lobectomy was performed. Histological examination(More)
AIM Assessment of the efficacy of docetaxel plus carboplatin vs. paclitaxel plus carboplatin in Japanese patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Chemotherapy-naïve patients were randomly assigned at a ratio of 2 to 1 to receive six cycles of either docetaxel (60 mg/m(2)) plus carboplatin [area under the curve(More)
A 53-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of an abnormal lung shadow on his chest X-ray film. His symptoms were cough and shortness of breath. Chest X-ray and computed tomography showed a large mass lesion in the right lower lobe of the lung. We diagnosed primary non-small cell lung cancer; cT3N1M1 stage IV. Systemic chemotherapy using(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE A multi-institutional phase II trial combining uracil-tegafur (UFT) and cisplatin (CDDP) was conducted in patients with previously untreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this combined treatment regimen. METHODS The entry criteria for this study were previously untreated NSCLC,(More)
BACKGROUND Nursing and healthcare-associated pneumonia (NHCAP) is a relatively new condition that was recently defined by the Japanese Respiratory Society. Previous reports and guidelines have not thoroughly investigated the adverse prognostic factors and validity of the selection criteria for NHCAP. The purpose of this research was to clarify the adverse(More)