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A number of prognostic factors have been reported in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Although lymph node metastasis is the most poorly predictive value in completely resected NSCLC, a significant number of patients have a fatal recurrence even in node-negative curative NSCLC. Recently inflammatory response has been shown as a predictive value in NSCLC.(More)
OBJECTIVES Vascular invasion (VI) has been accepted as a universally important prognostic factor for patients with lung carcinoma. However, the clinical significance of VI in each of the histological subtypes has been unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate differences in the clinicopathological implications of VI between adenocarcinoma and(More)
We report a case of invasive thymoma with intracardiac extension, resulting from the progression of intracaval growth, in a 56-year-old woman. Initially, the patient received two courses of chemotherapy, but the tumor showed only a modest response; however, subsequent radiotherapy reduced the tumor size further and the intracardiac lesion disappeared,(More)
Genetic abnormality in early-stage lung adenocarcinoma was examined to search for new prognostic biomarkers. Six in situ lung adenocarcinomas and nine small but invasive adenocarcinomas were examined by array-comparative genomic hybridization, and candidate genes of interest were screened. To examine gene abnormalities, 83 cases of various types of lung(More)
BACKGROUND Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte disorder and is a negative prognostic factor in several kinds of cancer. However, few reports have referred to hyponatremia in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In the present study, the authors examined the influence of preoperative serum sodium concentration on survival in completely resected NSCLC.(More)
This case report presents an intrapulmonary bronchogenic cyst exhibiting a unique shape. The patient was a 19-year-old man who had been diagnosed with a posterior mediastinal tumor by computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, 2 years previously. The imaging revealed that the tumor was located on the left side of the posterior mediastinum and was(More)
Although embryonal proteins have been used as tumor marker, most are not useful for detection of early malignancy. In the present study, we developed mouse monoclonal antibodies against fetal lung of miniature swine, and screened them to find an embryonal protein that is produced at the early stage of malignancy, focusing on lung adenocarcinoma. We found an(More)
BACKGROUND T-SPOT.TB (T-SPOT), an interferon-gamma release assay, has shown promise as a diagnostic tool for active tuberculosis (TB), and its use is expanding. Addition of the T-Cell Xtend (TCX) reagent may allow delayed processing, and this characteristic is important for using this test in the field. However, limited data is available on the usefulness(More)
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