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BACKGROUND Metastatic involvement of the pancrease is not an uncommon autopsy finding, however, pancreatic metastasis is an infrequent clinical condition and the pattern of the metastases have not been studied. We conducted a retrospective study in order to evaluate the pattern of the metastasis from lung cancer. PATIENTS From 1976 to 1997, 26 patients(More)
A 17-year-old man with high levels of serum AFP and hCG was diagnosed as having primary mediastinal GCT. Cisplatin-based chemotherapy decreased the biomarkers, but the mass showed further growth. Pathological examination of the resected mass revealed a mixture of immature and mature teratomas. Six months after the surgery, the patient died of a(More)
UNLABELLED In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), pleural effusion is a frequently observed complication, and often provides a treatment difficulties. The aim of this study is to evaluate prognostic significance of pleural effusion in patients with NSCLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seven hundred and eight untreated patients with NSCLC who were consecutively(More)
Splenic metastasis from a lung cancer is infrequently noted, however, the pattern of the metastasis has not been studied, thus we conducted a retrospective study. Twelve of the consecutive 997 patients with lung cancer, who were admitted to our division, developed splenic metastasis. The pattern of splenic metastasis involved solitary nodule in 7 patients(More)
Neuron-specific enolase (NSE) is a specific tumor marker in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients, however, it has been reported that serum NSE levels are elevated in some patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). To determine the most suitable cut-off level to distinguish between these two types of cancers, NSE levels were measured on serum(More)
To evaluate the relationship between serum levels of sialyl Lewis X-i antigen and lung metastasis in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), we measured the serum level of the antigen in 299 patients with untreated locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC. Before treatment, serum levels of sialyl Lewis X-i antigen were significantly higher in patients(More)
Mass-screening for lung cancer is rather a unique system in Japan. This study illustrates time from finding abnormality on mass-screening to final diagnosis of lung cancer. Among the 517 patients with lung cancer who were admitted to our hospital over a 10-year period up to December 2001, 83 (16.1%) were detected by mass-screening. We reviewed medical(More)
To evaluate the correlation between serum levels of sialyl Lewis X-i antigen and distant metastasis and survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), we measured the serum levels of the tumor marker in 371 patients with untreated NSCLC. The sialyl Lewis X-i antigen level was measured using a RIA kit. In patients with adenocarcinoma or other(More)
The aim of this study is to evaluate characteristics in lung cancer patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Among 966 lung cancer patients admitted to our division over a period of 24 years, 73 patients were diagnosed as having COPD. There were 68 (93.2%) men and 5 women; of the tumors 43 (58.9%) were squamous cell carcinomas. Although(More)