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Adrienne Wald, RN, MBA
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Affiliations: New Rochelle, NY; Adrienne Wald, RN, MBA, 40 Brookside Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801; e-mail: awb@cyburban.com,  Hyogo Medical Center Hyogo Japan Noriaki Tsubota, MD, PhD, Hyogo Medical Center, General Thoracic Surgery, Akashi, Kitaoji 13–70 Hyogo, Japan; e-mail: n-tsubo@sanynet.ne.jp,  The Oregon Clinic Portland, OR



Chest. 2001;120(1):324. doi:10.1378/chest.120.1.324
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To the Editor:

In the article by Minami et al (December 2000),1 in Table 1, in the“ Complete Resection” line, the numbers that are shown (249 [79.6] and 654 [85.2]) seem to be erroneous. I get 72.2 and 73.8. Am I missing something or can you please explain? This is a key figure in the study.

In the article by Asaph et al (December 2000),2 in Table 1, the line under “Bronchoscopy” that reads “negative” shows a figure of 15 (41); on page 1623, line 7, the following statement appears: “second neoplasm was confirmed in 15 patients (40.5%; Table 1).” If it was confirmed, it should be positive. Is the figure correct in the table or is the text worded correctly?

I appreciate your assistance.

References

Minami, H, Yoshimura, M, Miyamoto, Y, et al (2000) Lung cancer in women: sex-associated differences in survival of patients undergoing resection for lung cancer.Chest118,1603-1609. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
Asaph, JW, Keppel, JF, Handy, JR, Jr, et al Surgery for second lung cancers.Chest2000;118,1621-1625. [PubMed]
 
To the Editor:

We thank Ms Wald for her close attention on our article.1 The number she points out is not an error, but it is easily misunderstood due to lack of the words “without induction therapy.” Complete resection was estimated in 249 of 313 women and in 654 of 768 men without induction therapy. We calculated the percentage of complete resection in 249/313 (79.6%) and 654/768 (85.2%) for the patients without induction therapy, not 249/337 or 905/954.

The main finding is that T4 (malignant effusion) in lung cancer is encountered more often in women than in men. Malignancy cannot be judged correctly only from completely resected cases.

References
Minami, H, Yoshimura, M, Miyamoto, Y, et al Lung cancer in women: sex-associated differences in survival of patients undergoing resection for lung cancer.Chest2000;118,1603-1609. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
To the Editor:

Thanks to Ms. Wald for careful reading of our article.1 In fact, Table 1 of that article is correct, in that 13 positive bronchoscopies were found in 28 total bronchoscopies. This finding reflects the earlier-stage patients who have peripheral nodules and who are submitted to bronchoscopy to help separate this histology from the original. We will submit an erratum (page 325) to change the text to read “in which the second neoplasm was confirmed in 13 patients (46% of those receiving bronchoscopy).”

References
Asaph, JW, Keppel, JF, Handy, JR, Jr, et al Surgery for second lung cancers.Chest2000;118,1621-1625. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 

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References

Minami, H, Yoshimura, M, Miyamoto, Y, et al (2000) Lung cancer in women: sex-associated differences in survival of patients undergoing resection for lung cancer.Chest118,1603-1609. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
Asaph, JW, Keppel, JF, Handy, JR, Jr, et al Surgery for second lung cancers.Chest2000;118,1621-1625. [PubMed]
 
Minami, H, Yoshimura, M, Miyamoto, Y, et al Lung cancer in women: sex-associated differences in survival of patients undergoing resection for lung cancer.Chest2000;118,1603-1609. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
Asaph, JW, Keppel, JF, Handy, JR, Jr, et al Surgery for second lung cancers.Chest2000;118,1621-1625. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
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