GRACEcast
Expert oncologists provide brief, distilled summaries of the most central issues in cancer management and emerging approaches for patients and caregivers. The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) is committed to providing the knowledge that will help enable the general public to be informed participants in their own care. Visit cancerGRACE.org for more info.

Current clinical trials are examining the possibility of giving kidney cancer (also called renal cell carcinoma, or RCC) patients immunotherapy as their first option of care upon diagnosis.


The immune checkpoint inhibitor Opdivo (nivolumab) has been shown to increase survival for patients with metastatic clear cell kidney cancer (also called renal cell carcinoma, or RCC).


Dr. Chris Loiselle, radiation oncologist, describes stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a helpful and increasingly favored treatment option for sicker, "medically inoperable" patients with early stage lung cancer.

Direct download: GRACEcast-355_GCVL_LU-D08_Inoperable_Early_Stage_NSCLC_SBRT.mp4
Category:Lung-Cancer-Video -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Should older patients with lung cancer undergo surgery? What issues affect the probability of an elderly patients safely undergoing lung cancer surgery. Dr. Eric Vallières, thoracic surgeon, provides an expert perspective.

Direct download: GRACEcast-354_GCVL_LU-D06_Elderly_LC_Surgery_Considerations.mp4
Category:Lung-Cancer-Video -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Dr. Eric Vallières, thoracic surgeon, describes the phsycial challenges and risks for patients who undergo a pneumonectomy for lung cancer.

Direct download: GRACEcast-353_GCVL_LU-D05_Pneumonectomy_Surgery_Challenges.mp4
Category:Lung-Cancer-Video -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

There are multiple different types of lung cancer surgery. Dr. Eric Vallières, thoracic surgeon, reviews the different forms of lung surgery, include wedge resection, segmentectomy, lobectomy, and pneumonectomy.

Direct download: GRACEcast-352_GCVL_LU-D02_Lung_Cancer_Surgery_Types.mp4
Category:Lung-Cancer-Video -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Dr. Eric Vallières, thoracic surgeon, reviews the structure and purpose of staging using the current tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) system for lung cancer.

Direct download: GRACEcast-351_GCVL_LU-D01_TNM_Staging_Early_Stage_NSCLC.mp4
Category:Lung-Cancer-Video -- posted at: 1:20pm PDT

Dr. Jed Gorden reviews the technique of pleurodesis to manage the complication of recurrent malignant pleural effusion (MPE).


A tunneled pleural catheter is an excellent way to manage the symptoms of a recurrent malignant pleural effusion. Dr. Jed Gorden describes how it is placed and how it works.

Direct download: GRACEcast-349_GCVL_LU-CC03_Tunneled_Pleural_Catheter.mp4
Category:Lung-Cancer-Video -- posted at: 11:23pm PDT

Dr. Jed Gorden describes the details of how a thoracentesis is performed in order to clarify the diagnosis and treat symptoms of a malignant pleural effusion (MPE).