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Vol 5, No 2 (2006): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2006-05-25
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Coexistance of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Alicja Siemińska, Anna Kubiak, Maciej Bobowicz, Joanna M. Jassem, Krzysztof Kuziemski, Jan M. Słomiński, Ewa Jassem
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2006;5(2):54-57.

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Vol 5, No 2 (2006): Polish Palliative Medicine
Original articles
Published online: 2006-05-25

Abstract

Background. The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of coexistance of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Material and methods. Fifty one patients (13 women and 38 men, aged from 40 to 80 years, range: 63 years) with diagnosed advanced lung cancer (stage IIIB and IV) were included into the study.
Results. The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was diagnosed in 18 cases (35%), including 72% moderate and 28% with severe and very severe disease. The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was significantly more frequent in squamous cell lung carcinoma in comparison to other subtypes (p = 0.002). There was also a tendency to coexistence of lung cancer and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in patients with higher exposure to cigarette smoke (p = 0.072).
Conclusion. Coexistence of lung cancer and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is frequent, thus it is important to include treatment for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in palliative care of advanced lung cancer patients.

Abstract

Background. The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of coexistance of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Material and methods. Fifty one patients (13 women and 38 men, aged from 40 to 80 years, range: 63 years) with diagnosed advanced lung cancer (stage IIIB and IV) were included into the study.
Results. The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was diagnosed in 18 cases (35%), including 72% moderate and 28% with severe and very severe disease. The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was significantly more frequent in squamous cell lung carcinoma in comparison to other subtypes (p = 0.002). There was also a tendency to coexistence of lung cancer and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in patients with higher exposure to cigarette smoke (p = 0.072).
Conclusion. Coexistence of lung cancer and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is frequent, thus it is important to include treatment for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in palliative care of advanced lung cancer patients.
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Keywords

lung cancer; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Title

Coexistance of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 5, No 2 (2006): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

54-57

Published online

2006-05-25

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Advances in Palliative Medicine 2006;5(2):54-57.

Keywords

lung cancer
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Authors

Alicja Siemińska
Anna Kubiak
Maciej Bobowicz
Joanna M. Jassem
Krzysztof Kuziemski
Jan M. Słomiński
Ewa Jassem

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