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Is this acute or long-term, and does it matter whether this is SBRT vs fractionated?

Normally, waiting 6-12 weeks of therapeutic anticoagulation after an acute PE is suggested for any bronchoscopic procedure, however there is always a ...

Patient became acutely flushed, developed severe and prolonged hypotension with brief loss of consciousness, dizziness, nausea, dry heaves and headach...

Specifically in O2-dependent patients? Have any dose/fractionation regimens been shown to reduce the risk of pneumonitis in this population?

The cohort in the study was predominantly white. Do these results highlight significant disparities in COPD care?

If so, would this be a consideration in all patients regardless of active smoking status? FeNO in active smokers has been questioned, could this have ...

While classically described as seen in seropositive patients, have they been reported in seronegative RA?

In the span between the Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest Trial (HACA, 2002) and the Targeted Temperature Management in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest ...

Given the suggestion of the antagonistic effect of azithromycin on IV tobramycin in prior studies.

Patients on baseline mycophenolate and azathioprine were excluded from the INBUILD trial however many patients with CTD-ILD will be on some form of im...

What factors do you consider while deciding between bronchoscopic vs surgical management?

What’s your threshold to get the three AFBs and place the patient in airborne isolation?

Do you base the decision on FEV1, 6MWD or symptoms at initial evaluation, or progression over time?

Are there any quantitative indices (eg. volume, pleural fluid hematocrit) that would impact your decision to stop subsequent TPA/dornase treatments?

When adding nintedanib what sort of treatment course do you counsel the patient on? Do you plan to continue it indefinitely as long as the patient tol...

Do you prefer to start with nintedanib and then add immunosuppressive agents, or give a trial of immunosuppressive medication first, then add nintedan...

Is there a minimum standard for which stations to sample? Does lymph node size affect your recommendations?

How do you decide between starting infliximab, MMF, or IVIG? If a patient presents in respiratory failure (nearing or requiring intubation), woul...

How do you approach which risk to accept given that steroids have evidence for use in COVID-19 while is suggestion for harm in using steroids in influ...

For instance, if the patient doesn’t tolerate apnea testing, is too unstable to go for ancillary testing outside the ICU, and TCDs/EEG are unava...

Do you use hydrocortisone 200 mg/day as studied in ADRENAL/APROCCHSS or dexamethasone 20 mg/day as studied in DEXA-ARDS?

Are patients with long standing malignant central airway obstruction poor candidates for central airway stents? What is considered to be an acceptable...

Given the substantial risks associated with transporting an intubated and ventilated patient to Radiation Oncology, is there any evidence to support t...

Would you obtain baseline PFT on all patients or only selected high risk patients? Would you repeat PFTs regularly or only if clinically symptomatic?&...

Apart from removing the latex balloon, do you employ any additional technical accommodations?

If a patient clearly has N1 disease with high SUV on PET, do you routinely recommend EBUS or mediastinoscopy to evaluate for N2 disease?

Any indications for triple therapy in the patients with subclinical ILD associated with MDA-5 dermatomyositis?

Is there a difference in monitoring frequency for legacy drugs like bosentan vs newer agents (macitentan, ambrisentan)?

Occasionally, supplemental oxygen may alter Fick measurements giving falsely high CO and falsely low PVR, therefore is Thermodilution method preferred...

I've seen a handful of fatal radiation pneumonitis associated with rapid steroid tapers by the non-treating physicians. How do you recommend prescribi...

What were your “top 3” presentations/studies coming out of the meeting this year and how will it impact your own clinical practice?

Are there situations in which you would recommend dilation of stenotic airways after radiation? Is there a concern for increased complications of dila...

How are your teams effectively evaluating and counseling patients to ensure they are prepared for potential extended adjuvant treatment approaches? Is...

Can patients be re-challenged after developing ILD? Is the toxicity seen with T-Dxd a potential barrier to use?  Do you feel the dosing used in...

Would you discontinue Methotrexate and TNF inhibitors even if previously no side effects from these medications, and would you consider Cyclophosphami...

Would you have a different opinion based on whether it is a new therapy or an existing and previously well-tolerated therapy for the patient?

Are two negative pleurocentesis' adequate to conclude that the patient does not have metastatic disease? Do you routinely recommend VATS and pleural b...

Would you consider treating the full mediastinum or any mildly enlarged nodes, even contralateral? Do you have a strategy that transitions from a pall...

Would inhaled steroids help reduce the PO dose and/or significantly accelerate tapering?  If s, for what pneumonitis grade? What specific steroid...

Should patient be considered for definitive therapy or chemo alone if pleural cytology positive but no T4, N2, or sarcomatoid features?

How is your approach to treatment different than other ILD patterns such as NSIP? Does treatment response vary based on underlying CTD?

Cyclophosphamide/tacrolimus and Rituximab have been used in conjunction with steroids in case series.

For example, a patient with a large (>3cm), spiculated, FDG-avid lung lesion, who has poor lung function and is refusing a CT-guided biopsy?

For T2bN0 or T3N0 disease, you consider radiation alone, sequential radiation followed by chemotherapy, or concurrent chemoradiation?

After initiation of anti-TB treatment and 3 negative AFB smears, would you initiate concurrent chemoRT? Would you give sequential RT then chemo to giv...

This question is part of a collaboration with RheumMadness and is in reference to: Pathogenic ANCARAVE Trial

The SENSCIS trial was published in 2019 on efficacy of this agent. However, it's not clear where this should be in the treatment algorithm: Monot...

I’ve noticed some patients develop worsening SOB and DOE months after RT and rather than interstitial diffuse pattern you would see with pneumon...

Any differences in the risks between SBRT vs. conventionally fractionation? Concurrent immunotherapy? 

Is there a certain age beyond which it is not safe to do SBRT?

Should staging and treatment decisions be made based on imaging alone?

Would you treat with chemotherapy (carboplatin/etoposide) vs anti-pd-1 monotherapy vs combination chemoimmunotherapy vs supportive care?

Do you recommend or make any modifications in the PACIFIC regimen for patients > 75 years of age?

If clinically node negative, would you add elective nodal radiation?Does it depend on location (upper vs. lower trachea)?

Does it factor into your decision making in the setting of restricted spirometry and normal lung volumes? Does this differ for SBRT v. chemoRT?

Would you treat if there is active infection?  How much improvement would you expect?

Are you using ctDNA blood tests for targetable mutations at the time of diagnosis, at the time of disease progression, or not at all?

When there is biopsy proven mediastinal disease, do you offer definitive chemoradiation and monitor, or do you try to prove the presence/absence ...

Do you incoprate Ki67% or mitotic rate into your treatment decision, and is there any use for somatostatin based imaging such as octreoscan or gallium...

Is there any role for consolidative RT/CRT to the lung and mediastinum after initial chemo? What dose and fractionation would be most appropriate for ...

There are varying reports in the literature which seem to suggest increased rates of Gr 4-5 pneumonitis in IPF patients.  How do you manage these...

The NCCN guidelines call for pathological mediastinal lymph node staging for all NSCLC except in solid tumors <1cm and non-solid lesions < ...

Following lung RT, I have rarely seen patients present with pneumonia-like symptoms of radiation pneumonitis. I'm more likely to see a patient with wo...

Is there any concern about hemorrhage from treatment effect on tumor? Would SABR worsen the chance of fatal hemorrhage/hemoptysis and if so, would you...

In practice, do you send patients with N2/3 disease for mediastinal staging if not offered upfront?

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