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BACKGROUND Staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is important for determining choice of treatment and prognosis. The accuracy of FDG-PET scans for staging of lymph nodes is too low to replace invasive nodal staging. It is unknown whether the accuracy of integrated FDG-PET/CT scanning makes invasive staging redundant. METHODS In a prospective(More)
Background With the development of cord blood banking, solutions have to be found to solve the storage space problem, by reducing the volume of cord blood units (CBU). Methods We compared total nucleated cell (TNC) and CD34(+) cell counts before and after processing with three different CBU volume reduction methods used consecutively in our bank: a manual(More)
Background: Staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is important for determining choice of treatment and prognosis. The accuracy of FDG-PET scans for staging of lymph nodes is too low to replace invasive nodal staging. It is unknown whether the accuracy of integrated FDG-PET/CT scanning makes invasive staging redundant. Methods: In a prospective(More)
The aim of this study was to set up a sensitive and specific method to quantify the number of gene-modified cells in a gene therapy clinical trial currently underway at our institution. This trial involves the use of retrovirally transduced allogeneic T cells expressing the herpes simplex-1 thymidine kinase (HSV-TK) and neomycin-phosphotransferase (NeoR)(More)
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