Pleural effusion VEGF levels as a prognostic factor of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

@article{Hirayama2011PleuralEV,
  title={Pleural effusion VEGF levels as a prognostic factor of malignant pleural mesothelioma.},
  author={Noriko Hirayama and Chiharu Tabata and Rie Tabata and Risa Maeda and Akihiro Yasumitsu and Shusai Yamada and Kozo Kuribayashi and Kazuya Fukuoka and Takashi Nakano},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={105 1},
  pages={137-42}
}
BACKGROUND Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive malignant tumor of mesothelial origin associated with asbestos exposure. MPM has a limited response to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy so early diagnosis of MPM is very important. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potent mitogen for the vascular endothelium, is also known to be an autocrine growth factor for MPM. Here, we investigated the pleural effusion VEGF levels in patients with MPM and compared them to… CONTINUE READING
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