Objectives: An interactive program for physicians
and surgeons was used to focus their attention on current issues of
lung cancer in the United States. The issues examined were the risks
for the development of lung cancer in smokers, spouses of smokers,
recipients of second-hand or sidestream smoke, and the appropriate
workup and treatment of patients with lung cancer.
Design: Case presentation with interactive questions and
answers. Patients: Six patients are presented whose
cases demonstrate issues that are relevant and timely to the practice
of thoracic surgery and oncology Interventions:
Treatment for the five case presentations is used for interactive
teaching purposes. Conclusions: Lung cancer is
epidemic in the United States, particularly among women at the present
time. Physician awareness of the environmental and other factors
contributing to the disease should stay current with the population
variables that we are seeing in clinical practice.