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This study was designed to evaluate the utility of the bone markers total alkaline phosphatase (TAP), bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP), aminoterminal propeptide of type I collagen (PINP), carboxyterminal propeptide of type I collagen (PICP), pyridinoline crosslinks (PYD), deoxypyridinoline crosslinks (DPD), cross-linked carboxyterminal telopeptide(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the prognostic significance of a high pretreatment serum CYFRA 21-1 level (a cytokeratin 19 fragment) adjusted for the effects of well-known co-variables in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This meta-analysis based on individual updated data gathered comprehensive databases from published or unpublished(More)
BACKGROUND Uncontrolled proliferation is a hallmark of malignant tumour growth. Its prognostic role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been investigated in numerous studies with controversial results. We aimed to resolve these controversies by assessing the Ki-67 proliferation index (PI) in three large, independent NSCLC cohorts. METHODS(More)
In a series of 381 consecutive patients with lung tumors and benign pulmonary diseases, we examined whether tumor markers CYFRA 21-1 (EIA, Boehringer, Mannheim), TPA-M (IRMA AB Sangtec Medical, Bromma, Sweden), TPS (IRMA, Beki Diagnostics AB, Bromma, Sweden), CEA and NSE (EIA, Roche, Basel) have the potential to contribute to clinical decision-making(More)
OBJECTIVE Survival in patients after surgical resection of pulmonary metastases correlates with the complete resection of all metastatic deposits. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the additional value of helical CT to see whether the slice thickness and the reading environment was a factor determining the accuracy of helical scans. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Primary soft tissue sarcomas of the chest wall are uncommon and data concerning treatment and results are sparse. We reviewed our experience with chest wall resections of these lesions. METHODS Retrospective review of our database identified 25 patients (12 men, 13 women) who underwent chest wall resection for primary soft tissue sarcoma during(More)
In the study of 65 matched pairs of lung tumor tissue and normal lung parenchyma, cathepsin B (CB) activity was found to be increased about 4.6-fold, when regarding median levels. CB activity was found to be insignificantly higher in adenocarcinoma compared to the other histologic cell types. CB levels did not correlate with tumor stages (TNM) nor with cell(More)
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. Despite optimal diagnosis and early treatment, many patients die of recurrent disease. There are no sufficiently useful biomarkers to predict the risk of tumor recurrence. Here, we show that expression of histone macroH2A1.1 and macroH2A2 predicts lung cancer recurrence, identifying these histone variants(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate which factors influence survival following surgical resection of secondary tumors of the chest wall (non-bronchial carcinoma). METHODS Between 1990 and 2001, 69 patients (23 men, 46 women) underwent chest wall resection with curative intent. All of the patients were retrospectively analyzed for sex and(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the etiology, management and outcome of patients with chylothorax and identify clinical parameters for appropriate treatment decisions. METHODS We analyzed 82 cases of chylothorax in 75 patients. In 37 cases (45 %) the cause of chylothorax was surgery, in 45 cases (55 %), the etiology was(More)