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October 25, 1952


Author Affiliations

From the departments of laryngology and broncho-esophagology and pathology, Jefferson Medical College and Hospital.

JAMA. 1952;150(8):793-795. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.63680080005013

Tremendous strides have been made in the surgical treatment of bronchogenic carcinoma since the first successful pneumonectomy by Graham in 1933. In reviewing the surgical literature, however, the reader is impressed by the fact that successful surgical treatment can be accomplished only if carcinoma is recognized early. Advanced carcinoma still remains the hopeless problem it always has been. Additional progress will be made only when carcinoma is suspected early and appropriate diagnostic procedures are instituted promptly so that the disease may be treated without unnecessary delay.

Bronchogenic carcinoma has steadily increased in incidence until it is now the commonest form of cancer. During 1948, deaths in the United States from bronchogenic carcinoma alone exceeded 16,000. It is important, therefore, that a lively interest be manifested in this disease, that all physicians become "cancer of the bronchus-minded," and that all diagnostic aids be utilized whenever necessary. Since some of these aids