Focused Issues

Vol 9, supplement 4 (April 2016): New Imaging and Diagnostic Modalities in Cardiac Surgery

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New therapies are now available for old diseases as in the case of the trans-catheter interventions for aortic stenosis or functional mitral regurgitation. These therapies are made possible by new and highly sophisticated imaging techniques and require the cooperation of specialists of different medical backgrounds (cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists) in an integrated setting. This monographic issue of Journal of Thoracic Disease was conceived to facilitate this new collaboration. In the volume, experts in various imaging modalities (CT, echocardiography, MRI, nuclear medicine) as well as cardiologists, intensivists and cardiac surgeons provide the state of the art expertise of the distinctive imaging techniques used in the cardiovascular field with the aim of facilitating a universal language and the sharing of knowledge

Vol 9, Supplement 3 (March 2016): dedicated to the 25th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery (ESTS 2017)

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Topics in this focused issue include chest trauma and surgical chest wall stabilization; salvage surgery after definitive radiotherapy; the role of sublobar resections for early stage lung cancer; management of multifocal ground glass opacities of the lung in the era of lung cancer screening; thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis; the perspective of a trainee regarding the thoracic surgery training in Europe; and the role of CXC group chemokines in lung cancer development and progression. This issue is once again dedicated to all women and men working in the field of thoracic surgery, surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists and allied health professionals who, with their daily commitment and passion help advance our specialty and assure our patients a high quality of care, a better quality of life and an improved long-term survival

Vol 9, Supplement 2 (March 2017): Advances in Bronchoscopic and Endoscopic Interventions for Thoracic Disease

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The diagnosis and treatment of thoracic malignancies continues to evolve. It is imperative that the thoracic surgeons evolve in tandem with these advances, and that our trainees similarly are exposed to new ways of managing thoracic disease. The solution is to understand which new modalities and interventions are available for maintaining a complete, full-service thoracic practice, to optimize care of our patients