News: Eric Grogan

Lung Cancer Screening Trial Helps First Patient

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Kathy Leiser first heard about Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s lung cancer screening trial through a sponsorship ad on WPLN radio last summer. The Nashville office technology saleswoman and grandmother of three had stopped smoking in 2009, but she knew her smoking history put her at risk for lung cancer. So she enrolled in the screening trial, […]

Surgical Teamwork Boosts Patient’s Odds

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The first surgery Eric Grogan, M.D., and Matthew McGirt, M.D., performed together lasted 18 hours. Grogan, a thoracic surgeon, carefully cut away the baseball-sized lung tumor that had wrapped around patient Ronald Denton’s aorta, subclavian artery and esophagus and removed the upper lobe of the lung. After they worked together to remove three vertebrae that […]

Lung Resections Not Always “Futile”

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The gold standard for definitive diagnosis of a lung nodule is surgical removal (resection). However, between 10 percent and 30 percent of suspicious nodules are benign. Because thoracic operations are highly invasive and pose significant risks, these operations have been labeled “unnecessary” or “futile.” Eric Grogan, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues report that, even when surgical […]

Less-invasive Lung Cancer Surgery Studied

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

For years, the standard treatment for some early lung cancers was to remove the entire affected lobe. The recurrence of cancer was low, but the procedure was invasive and unnecessarily removed normal lung tissue not affected by the tumors. Vanderbilt’s Department of Thoracic Surgery and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have joined a National Cancer Institute […]