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Details and Difficulties Regarding the New Lung Cancer Staging System

Frank C. Detterbeck, MD, FCCP; Daniel J. Boffa, MD; Lynn T. Tanoue, MD, FCCP; Lynn D. Wilson, MD; International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer International Staging Committee; International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer International Staging Committee and Participating Institutions; International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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From the Section of Thoracic Surgery (Drs Detterbeck and Boffa), Section of Pulmonary Medicine (Dr Tanoue), and Section of Therapeutic Radiology (Dr Wilson), Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Correspondence to: Frank C. Detterbeck, MD, FCCP, Section of Thoracic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, PO Box 208062, New Haven, CT 06520-8062; e-mail: frank.detterbeck@yale.edu


Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;137(5):1172-1180. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2626
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The new lung cancer stage classification system is the culmination of 10 years of work and an unprecedented analysis and validation process. This article reviews details of the rules governing how to implement the system and discusses areas in which ambiguities and difficulties exist.

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