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New Surgical Options for Elderly Lung Cancer Patients*

Michael T. Jaklitsch, MD, FCCP; Raphael Bueno, MD, FCCP; Scott J. Swanson, MD, FCCP; Steven J. Mentzer, MD, FCCP; Jeanne M. Lukanich, MD; David J. Sugarbaker, MD, FCCP
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*From the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Correspondence to: Michael T. Jaklitsch, MD, FCCP, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115; e-mail: mtjaklitsc@bics.bwh.harvard.edu



Chest. 1999;116(suppl_3):480S-485S. doi:10.1378/chest.116.suppl_3.480S
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To understand the size of the aging population in the United States, the imminent need to include the elderly in clinical studies on lung cancer, and the safe potential of video-assisted thoracic surgery, and to change awareness of the elderly’s need for and ability to undergo treatment for lung cancer, clinical studies of video-assisted thoracic surgery in patients ≥ 70 years of age are presented. The elderly are a fast-growing part of the American population who are at high risk for lung cancer and should be included in clinical studies. Age alone should not be a contradiction to thoracic surgical interventions when video thoracoscopy is performed as treatment.

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