About the Authors

Paola Ulivi

p.ulivi@irst.emr.it

Affiliation Biosciences Laboratory, IRCCS Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Italy

Laura Mercatali

Affiliation Biosciences Laboratory, IRCCS Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Italy

Gian-Luca Casoni

Affiliation Interventional Pulmonology, Department of Thoracic Diseases, Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital, Forlì, Italy

Emanuela Scarpi

Affiliation Unit of Biostatistics and Clinical Trials, IRCCS Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Italy

Lauro Bucchi

Affiliation Romagna Cancer Registry, IRCCS Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Italy

Rosella Silvestrini

Affiliation Biosciences Laboratory, IRCCS Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Italy

Stefano Sanna

Affiliation General Thoracic Surgery, Department of Thoracic Diseases, Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital, Forlì, Italy

Marco Monteverde

Affiliation General Thoracic Surgery, Department of Thoracic Diseases, Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital, Forlì, Italy

Dino Amadori

Affiliation Department of Medical Oncology, IRCCS Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Italy

Venerino Poletti

Affiliation Interventional Pulmonology, Department of Thoracic Diseases, Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital, Forlì, Italy

Wainer Zoli

Affiliation Biosciences Laboratory, IRCCS Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, Meldola, Italy

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: PU RS WZ. Performed the experiments: PU LM. Analyzed the data: PU ES LB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GLC SS MM VP. Wrote the paper: PU RS DA WZ.