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Bronchial Artery Chemotherapy—A Future?

Michael A. Maddaus, MD, FCCP (Minneapolis, MN)
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Associate Professor of Surgery, Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Correspondence: Michael A. Maddaus, MD, FCCP, University of Minnesota, Department of Surgery, 420 Delaware Street SE, Box 207, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0374



Chest. 1999;115(5):1230-1231. doi:10.1378/chest.115.5.1230
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As a general thoracic surgeon whose clinical and academic focus is lung cancer, I am regularly confronted by a pervasive nihilism regarding the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The attitude of many clinicians seems to be that, short of surgical excision, little else worthwhile can be done. Thus, I was heartened by the report by Osaki et al in this issue of CHEST (see page 1424) on bronchial artery infusion (BAI) of cisplatin for the primary treatment of early-stage, centrally located NSCLC. Their report could be the lightning rod for the development of a new treatment modality for properly selected patients.


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