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PURPOSE Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a histologic subtype of lung cancer with a distinct biology and clinical course. It has been observed that the incidence of SCLC has been decreasing over the last several years. METHODS We used the Surveillance, Epidemiologic, and End Results (SEER) database to determine the incidence of SCLC over the last 30(More)
BACKGROUND Interstitial pneumonitis has not been reported as a toxicity of docetaxel. The authors report the presentation and natural history of four patients who developed a severe interstitial pneumonitis after receiving docetaxel. METHODS The hospital and outpatient records of patients treated with docetaxel were reviewed to identify whether any of(More)
Emitter localization, using different types of sensors and integrating their output properly can potentially increase localization accuracy. It is relatively easy to measure the received signal strength (RSS), but RSS localization is generally less accurate than angle-of-arrival (AOA) localization in most practical environments. When both RSS and AOA are(More)
PURPOSE Cancer patients with concurrent comorbid conditions have worse outcomes than patients with no comorbidities. We hypothesized that the prognostic impact of comorbidities would be greatest for patients with cancers associated with a long natural history and least in patients with aggressive cancers. PATIENTS AND METHODS Using the Barnes-Jewish(More)
The outcome of patients with metastatic lung cancer is poor, with a 1-year survival rate of approximately 35%. We are evaluating the combination of irinotecan (CPT-11, Camptosar) and carboplatin (Paraplatin) in patients with stage IIIB and IV non-small-cell lung cancer. Eligible patients include those with histologic or cytologic diagnosis of non-small-cell(More)
Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma of the lung (BAC) is a subtype of adenocarcinoma of the lung. Although traditionally grouped with other non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC), BAC has unique morphological features and clinical behavior such as bilateral lung involvement, indolent course and lack of association with smoking. Some epidemiologic studies report a(More)
PURPOSE We conducted a phase II study of carboplatin and irinotecan in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In addition, we studied the correlation between certain genotypes of enzymes involved in irinotecan metabolism with efficacy and toxicity. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with stage IIIB, IV, or recurrent NSCLC received a(More)
Gefitinib has modest activity with an overall response rate of 11-18% in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have had progressive disease following platinum containing chemotherapy. However, the efficacy of gefitinib in previously untreated metastatic NSCLC is not known. We retrospectively analyzed the efficacy of gefitinib as a(More)
The 1-year survival for patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer is only around 35%. We are evaluating the combination of irinotecan (Camptosar) and carboplatin (Paraplatin) in patients with stage IIIB and IV non-small-cell lung cancer. The first five patients received irinotecan, 250 mg/m2 over 90 minutes followed by carboplatin at an area under(More)