[Successful removal of T4 lung cancer with left atrial invasion after induction chemotherapy].

Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery

PubMedID: 16235848

Tanimura S, Tsutsumi K, Okura M, Tanaka N, Yamamoto H, Honma K, Aida Y. [Successful removal of T4 lung cancer with left atrial invasion after induction chemotherapy]. Kyobu Geka. 2005;58(11):988-91.
A 53-year-old man presented with cough, sputa and chest pain. The chest X-ray revealed a large mass shadow in the right lower lobe. Massive tumor extending into the left atrium was diagnosed by computed tomography (CT). The brushing cytology by broncoscopy was squamous cell carcinoma and its stage was IIIB. Chemothrapy using cisplatin, paclitaxel and gemcitabine hydrochloride was performed 8 courses during 6 months. The effect of the chemotherapy was complete response, enabling the surgical treatment. The right pneumonectomy with partial resection of the left atrium was performed by using vascular clamp. The defect of the left atrium could be sutured directly. Wide-spread necrotic change with very small amount of cancer cells in the atrial wall was confirmed by pathology. The patient has been well for 3 years and 6 months after surgery.