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January 1974

Lung Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) in Adolescence

Author Affiliations

Sendai, Japan
From the departments of pediatrics (Drs. Niitu, Kubota, Hasegawa, Horikawa, Komatsu, and Suetake) and surgery (Drs. Fujimura and Nagashima), Research Institute for Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Cancer, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(1):108-111. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110200110017

Primary lung cancer is rare in childhood. An asymptomatic 15-year-old boy was found to have a solitary circular shadow by a mass chest photofluorographic survey. The clinical course strongly suggested malignant tumor. Lobectomy three months after the detection of the shadow showed squamous cell carcinoma. At present, 3½ years after surgery, the patient is healthy and attending school. Cases of primary lung cancer in childhood are reviewed.