Dr. Jack West, medical oncologist/lung cancer specialist, describes special management considerations for indolent lung cancers that may not require treatment or are at risk for “over-treatment.”
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Radiation therapy can be very helpful in treating painful bone metastases or those at risk for causing a fracture due to compromise of bone strength. Dr. Vivek Mehta reviews the basics of this approach. Please feel free to offer comments and raise questions in our Discussion Forums
Dr. David Harpole, Duke University Medical Center, describes how he assists patients with the surgical decision-making process.
Dr. David Harpole, Duke University Medical Center, details the methods thoracic surgeons use to assess a patient's fitness for surgery.
Dr. David Harpole, Duke University Medical Center, describes the mediastinoscopy and its use in lung cancer staging.
TranscriptOne of the important points about patients with advanced lung cancer is that 30-40% of patients will develop bone metastases. I think it’s important to recognize this is not bone cancer, this is lung cancer that’s moved to the bone, and in 30-40% of patients at some point who have advanced
TranscriptMore and more, when people are doing molecular testing on their tumor, they’re not just getting one test and if it’s negative doing another test — that’s called sequential testing, they’re doing lots of tests at the same time — that’s called multiplex testing. There are certain good things
Dr. Jed Gorden, Swedish Cancer Institute, describes the differences between bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound, highlighting the advantages of EBUS in diagnosis and staging.
Dr. Ed Kim from the Levine Cancer Institute reviews the potential advantages and current limitations of blood-based testing for molecular markers using circulating tumor cells and circulating tumor DNA in identifying clinically important mutations.
Dr. Edward S. Kim from the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC describes the use of serum tumor markers in various types of cancer, and the lack of a useful serum tumor marker in lung cancer.
Dr. Mark Socinski, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discusses the factors to consider in defining resectability in stage IIIa lung cancer.
Dr. Nathan Pennell, Cleveland Clinic, evaluates chemotherapy sensitivity assays, describing the difficulties inherent in predicting response to chemotherapy agents.
Dr. Gerard Silvestri, Medical University of South Carolina, describes several procedures used to obtain biopsy tissue in order to diagnose lung cancer.
Dr. Gerard Silvestri, Medical University of South Carolina, discusses the use of PET scans in lung cancer workup.
Dr. Gerard Silvestri, Medical University of South Carolina, defines pulmonary function testing, and describes how lung cancer surgeons use them.