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Comments on treatment strategy for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

Institute of Oncology, Zaloska 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Lung Cancer (Impact Factor: 3.39). 01/2003; 38 Suppl 3:S33-5. DOI: 10.1016/S0169-5002(02)00265-9
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ABSTRACT In spite of significant improvement in local and in systemic treatment, long-term survival of patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains disappointing. The main reason may be our reluctance to explore the optimal ways of combining new modalities of irradiation with the new drugs. A survey of on-going clinical trials points to weak scientific collaboration between radiotherapists and medical oncologists. A comparison of different treatment strategies reveals that only the best local treatment combined with the best systemic treatment can lead to a clinically meaningful improvement in long-term survival. Curing a higher percentage of patients is the first step in our attempts to combat therapeutic nihilism.

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