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COPD and Lung Cancer: Are They Both Airways Diseases?

Charlie Strange, MD, FCCP
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From the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.

Correspondence to: Charlie Strange, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine, 96 Jonathan Lucas St, 812 CSB Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425-6300; e-mail: strangec@musc.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosure: The author has reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: In the last 3 years, Dr Strange has been a consultant in COPD for AstraZeneca, Emphasys Medical, Talecris Biotherapeutics, Inc, Baxter, Arriva, Uptake Medical, Inc, and Forrest Laboratories. He is on the speakers’ bureau for COPD topics with Astra Zeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Talecris Biotherapeutics, Inc, Baxter, and CSL Behring. Grants to the Medical University of South Carolina in COPD for Dr Strange have been received from the National Institutes of Health, Talecris Biotherapeutics, Inc, Emphasys Medical, Aeris Incorporated, the Alpha-1 Foundation, and the Alpha-1 Association. Dr Strange has been granted a cost-free use of Siemens, Inc, lung analysis software.

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;138(6):1289-1290. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0910
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COPD and lung cancer are two of the most common pulmonary diseases encountered in clinical medicine. However, knowledge about the linkage between these two diseases is in its infancy. In part, this knowledge deficit is understandable because the biology of lung cancer has historically been researched by oncologists who have not focused on airflow obstruction and dynamic hyperinflation, or the difference between emphysema and chronic bronchitis pathogenesis. Our great hope was that the “War on Cancer” would solve the global problem of cancer without the pulmonary community getting involved. We make the diagnosis and then pass the baton.

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