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The Role of Combined Modality Therapy for Stage III Nonsmall-Cell Lung Cancer

  • Roger W. Byhardt
Part of the Cancer Drug Discovery and Development book series (CDD&D)

Abstract

Despite recent advances in treatment, lung cancer is still the number one cause of cancer mortality in the United States (1). About 95% of the estimated 131,000 new cases of nonsmall-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) diagnosed in 2000 will die from their disease (2). The focus of this chapter is on the patients who present with locally advanced or stage III NSCLC (about 46,000 patients yearly). Although it is tempting to think of stage III NSCLC as a uniform stage category, it really contains patient subgroups with disparate tumor burdens and prognosis. Included in stage III are patients with involvement ranging from potentially resectable T3N1 (small T3 and microscopically involved N1 lymph node) to unresectable, locally advanced T4N3 disease (large primary invading mediastinal structures and contralateral mediastinal adenopathy) (3).

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Clin Oncol Small Cell Lung Cancer Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Concurrent Chemoradiation 
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