CHEST 2005 abstract highlights

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Lung Cancer Mass Predicts Brain Metastases
(Poster 484, Exhibit Hall, Wednesday, November 2, 12:30 PM -2:00 PM)
In patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) the size of a patient's lung mass is correlated with the presence of brain metastases. After reviewing the CT chest scans of 35 patients with NSCLC, who had brain metastases, and 35 others without brain metastases, researchers at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, New Jersey, discovered that the presence of lung mass equal to or greater than 3.9 cm predicts the presence of brain metastases.

School Sports Decrease the Likelihood of Smoking
(Poster 628, Exhibit Hall, Wednesday, November 2, 12:30 PM -2:00 PM)
Students who are active in sports are significantly less likely to smoke cigarettes than other students, according to a new study out of Charleroi, Belgium. A questionnaire on smoking, knowledge of tobacco risks, and the impact of media and school on smoking habits was completed by 208 students (ages 14 to 20 years) in a Belgium school. Of the students involved in less than 3 hours of sports per week, 70 percent of the boys smoked and 66 percent of the girls smoked. These smoking rates dropped to 64 percent of boys and 57 percent of girls among the students who participated in sports for 8 or more hours per week. Survey results also show that the media's messages about tobacco have a bigger impact on students than messages they are taught in school.

Quitting Smoking Improves Performance, Not Survival, in Patients With Lung Cancer
(Poster 106, Exhibit Hall, Wednesday, November 2, 2005, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM)
In a study of 206 patients with lung cancer, 93 (45 percent) were smokers, 14 (7 percent) were nonsmokers, and 98 (48 percent) were former smokers. After reviewing clinical characteristics, smoking history, comorbidities, survival, performance st

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