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An international surgical collaboration for the management of pulmonary artery sarcoma: a New Zealand experience.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17632599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We present the case of a 73-year-old man with a pulmonary artery sarcoma successfully treated as a result of an international surgical collaboration. The tumour was initially deemed to be unresectable due to a lack of local expertise managing cardiac malignancies. Since the patient was unable to travel to a specialist centre in the United States, he was initially offered only palliative therapy. However, two surgeons with experience of treating malignant cardiac tumours travelled to New Zealand specifically to perform a potentially curative resection of his tumour. This case suggests that there should be an emphasis placed on the development of internationally acceptable protocols for the treatment of rare conditions and improved local access to overseas surgical expertise.
Yaso Kathiravel; David Westwood; Jeff Macemon; Harsh Singh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2007-06-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  120     ISSN:  1175-8716     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-16     Completed Date:  2007-07-26     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  U2609     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Christchurch Public Hospital, Christchurch.
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MeSH Terms
Cooperative Behavior
General Surgery*
Medical Oncology
New Zealand
Pulmonary Artery / surgery*
Sarcoma / surgery*
United States
Vascular Neoplasms / surgery*
Vascular Surgical Procedures

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