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Cryotherapy in Early Lung Cancer

Richard J. Thurer, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Miami, FL 
 ,  Dr. Thurer is Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Correspondence to: Richard J. Thurer, MD, FCCP, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami (R114), PO Box 016960, Miami, FL 22101-6960; e-mail: rthurer@mednet.med.miami.edy



Chest. 2001;120(1):3-5. doi:10.1378/chest.120.1.3
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Numerous endobronchial modalities are currently available for the treatment of bronchogenic carcinoma. These include laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, brachytherapy, airway stents, electrocoagulation, and cryotherapy. Each has its enthusiasts. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. In each case, there are patients who are ideal candidates for the modality and others who are less than ideal. Few institutions have available and are expert in the use of all or nearly all of the available techniques. Some are preferentially employed by surgeons, others by pulmonologists, radiation oncologists, and otolaryngologists. All modalities suffer from lack of convincing studies demonstrating their usefulness in varieties of clinical situations. It is difficult to compare patients across institutions and as described in various published studies. Each of the modalities has been accompanied by initial enthusiasm.

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