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Introduction: Multimodality Therapy of Chest Malignancies—Update ‘98* FREE TO VIEW

David J. Sugarbaker, MD, FCCP
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*From the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Correspondence to: David J. Sugarbaker, MD, FCCP, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115.

Chest. 1999;116(suppl_3):443S. doi:10.1378/chest.116.suppl_3.443S
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The “Multimodality Therapy of Chest Malignancies” course was a tremendous success. I was personally pleased by the quality and scope of the faculty presentations and registrants’ participation. Since the first course in 1990, we have advocated the concept of surgeons, radiotherapists, and medical oncologists working together in the primary evaluation and treatment of patients with thoracic malignancies. What was a concept has become reality in a number of major medical centers across the United States. The advent of multidisciplinary clinics for the evaluation of patients with primary malignancies is providing improved care and will undoubtedly lead to better outcomes for patients. The latest advances in each field reach patients quickly in a multimodality approach.

As in the past, this year’s course provided a forum for intensive interaction by leaders in the field. We instructed on and examined diagnosis and therapy for esophageal cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, and the solitary pulmonary nodule, and we looked at the high-risk patient. In addition, we discussed tobacco and public health, a continuing timely subject for us.

I personally invite the readers of this supplement to write to me with comments or suggestions about the course or the CHEST supplement.




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