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New American College of Chest Physicians Lung Cancer Guidelines* : An Important Addition to the Lung Cancer Guidelines Armamentarium

Robert Milroy, MD, FRCP
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Affiliations: Glasgow, Scotland, UK ,  Dr. Milroy is Consultant Respiratory Physician, Stobhill Hospital.

Correspondence to: Robert Milroy, MD, FRCP, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Stobhill Hospital, 133 Balornock Rd, Glasgow G21 3UW, Scotland, UK; e-mail: robert.milroy@northglasgow.scot.nhs.uk



Chest. 2007;132(3):744-746. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1493
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Lung cancer continues to be the lead cancer in the United States of America. It is projected that in 2006, lung cancer will be diagnosed in > 174,000 individuals; and although the death rate for lung cancer in men has dropped over the last decade, the death rate in women and the overall death rate continue to rise. The increasing prevalence of smoking worldwide will result in a lung cancer epidemic in the coming decades. Guidelines are:

In lung cancer, there is clear evidence of variations in practice and suboptimal processes of care and underutilization of treatments.2 In addition, there is certainly a strong research base in lung cancer, and many guidelines have already been produced.34

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