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Lung Cancer Week

September 28, 2009

Phase 2 moves on to lung cancer today – most of this week will be focused on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of lung cancer.  The ITA sessions this week are a little different – we will meet up in LT2 to go through what it’s like to deal with patients who have cancer.  We have video consultations on how to broach the subject of lung cancer, how to break bad news, and how to deal with the emotions involved on both sides of the discussion.  We will also be posting a number of virtual patients to go through, along with a mini-wiki on lung cancer, which we hope to expand with the help of our oncology colleagues through the next few months (In time for exam revision).

There is a wealth of information out there on lung cancer already – as ever, google is your friend.  Here’s a fantastic site from Harvard that takes you through some virtual patients, explains the imaging modalities, pathology, treatment options.  It’s well worth a look.

Other things worth reading:

The Big Lung Trial

BTS: Giving Information to Patients – See Page 7 for Survival Data

The virtual patients will go up on Blackboard soon, and the ITA session DVD will be available up in the ITA suite from Thursday onwards until the end of the block.  If you want a copy of the ITA session DVD, just present me with a blank DVD, and I’ll burn one for you.

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2009 Asthma Guideline Update

July 24, 2009

The British Thoracic Society recently updated their May 2008 Asthma Guideline. The changes centre around:

* Introduction of SMART therapy as an option in selected Step 2 patients
* Reinforcement of the importance of standard therapy in pregnancy
* A review of inhaler devices showing no change to previous recommendations
* Changes to the treatment of acute asthma

To download the revised guideline, visit the BTS website, or click here

The Tayside asthma guidance will be altered accordingly in due course.