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Dr. Jack West is a medical oncologist and thoracic oncology specialist, and Executive Director of Employer Services at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA.

Interview Podcast: Dr. Eric Vallières on Pre-Operative Work-Up and Surgery for Lung Cancer
Fri, 03/06/2009 - 22:01
Howard (Jack) West, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Medical Oncology, Executive Director, Employer Services, Founder, President and CEO of GRACE

I'm very happy to present an audio interview with Dr. Eric Vallières, an excellent thoracic surgeon and Surgical Director of the Lung Cancer Program at Swedish Cancer Institute. Within the lung cancer community, he actually happens to be among the most well known thoracic surgeons in the country and even world, and he has a major expertise in the integration of chemotherapy and other systemic therapies for early stage lung cancer. He was also one of the first people to welcome me enthusiastically into the lung cancer world when I was still completing my oncology training, and we've worked closely together for the last decade.

Dr. Vallières will be providing a lot of very helpful discussion on the surgical perspective, but this initial podcast focuses on the basics of surgery for lung cancer. It cover the initial pre-operative work-up, general aspects of the different types of surgery for lung cancer, and some on potential complications of surgery for lung cancer.


This interview is being presented in two formats. It's an audio interview, but there are figures that appear, synchronized with the discussion. The link with the audio is just below, and the podcast link to the vidio version is at the bottom.

Intro to Surgery for LC Audio Podcast mp3

The links to the pdfs for the figures and transcript are below:

Intro to Surgery for LC Images

Intro to Surgery for LC Transcript

Dr. Vallières is a remarkably thorough and patient teacher. I hope you find it a helpful program.

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