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March 13, 1978

Lung Cancer: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

The Jewish Hospital of St Louis St Louis

JAMA. 1978;239(11):1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280380084029

Lung cancer can hardly be overlooked in the current medical scene. As the cause of more than 80,000 deaths in the United States annually, and rising in frequency, lung cancer is a major killer. Moreover, lung cancer strikes its victims down quickly; the median survival is less than one year from diagnosis. This volume is an excellent summary of much that is known about lung cancer. Its contents may be sorted into three major categories (1) histopathologic and growth features of lung cancers, (2) clinical presentations and techniques for diagnosis and evaluating the extent of the disease, and (3) therapeutic approaches, which include good reviews of immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and the local complications of pleural effusion and superior vena caval obstruction. The 18 chapters covering these categories are bracketed by an opening chapter dealing with carcinogenesis in the lung and a closing chapter on prognostic factors in inoperable lung cancer.