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Patient education

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Recommended reading: Advances in Lung Cancer

this 2012 article by Hannon & Yendamuri explains the newest methods and modalities of treating nonsmall cell lung cancer (NCLC) as well as the importance of accurate staging for diagnosis and evidence-based treatment. Continue reading

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Post operative pain after thoracic surgery

What kind of pain should patients expect after thoracic surgery, and how long will it last? Also, is this normal? When should I call my doctor? Continue reading

Mediastinitis: a potentially lethal infection

Exploring the causes of mediastinitis in non-cardiac surgery patients with review of recent cases in the literature. Continue reading

Blebs, Bullae and Spontaneous Pneumothorax

Overview of spontaneus pneumothorax and treatment modalities. Continue reading

Surgery for pleural infection: Empyema

second in a series of articles questioning whether thoracic surgery remains a relevant treatment for pleural diseases – as discussed in an article by Davies et. al. Continue reading

Article Re-post: Pre-operative evaluation for lung resection

by special request – a re-post of an article by Dr. Mazzonone, “Pre-operative evaluation of the lung Cancer Resection Candidate.” Continue reading

Dental hygeine and post-operative pneumonia in esophageal cancer patients

In an investigational study, Akutsu et. al. (2010) demonstrated a significant reduction in post-operative pneumonia through the implementation of a dental hygiene program. Continue reading

Pre-operative Incentive Spirometry for Pneumonia Prevention

Another study confirming the importance of pre-operative respiratory exercises for surgical patients – this one looking at cardiac surgery patients and the incidence of post-operative pneumonia. Continue reading

The Benefits of Exercise in Thoracic Patients

A look at the literature, including a recent systemic review: exercise is not only safe for lung cancer patients – but improves quality of life, and may (according to Jones) improve post-operative outcomes.. Continue reading

Here’s your helmet

If you knew now that you were going to be in a horrible but completely unavoidable car accident in a few weeks -you’d do things differently, wouldn’t you? You’d make sure to be in a car with the maximum amount of safety features (we’d all be in Volvos) with 6 air bags, automatic assisted braking, five point seatbelts and helmets. You’d do all of this, to ensure your survival. You wouldn’t just hop into a pinto and drive off to work..

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What is Fast Track Thoracic Surgery?

walk as if your life depended on it.. Continue reading

Pre & Post-operative Surgical Optimization for Lung Surgery

How to maximize your chances before lung surgery to speed healing, post-operative recovery and reduce the incidence of complications. Continue reading

Preventing Atrial Fibrillation after Lung Surgery

and the snowball effect of atrial fibrillation after surgery. Discussion includes beta blockers and vitamin C as methods to reduce the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation with discussion of the literature supporting its use. Continue reading