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The New Lung Cancer Staging System

Frank C. Detterbeck, MD, FCCP; Daniel J. Boffa, MD; Lynn T. Tanoue, MD, FCCP
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From Thoracic Surgery (Drs. Detterbeck and Boffa), Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr. Tanoue), Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Correspondence to: Frank C. Detterbeck, MD, FCCP, Professor and Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, 330 Cedar St, BB 205, New Haven, CT 06520-8062; e-mail: frank.detterbeck@yale.edu


For editorial comment see page 6

The authors have reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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


© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(1):260-271. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0978
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The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) has conducted an extensive initiative to inform the revision of the lung cancer staging system. This involved development of an international database along with extensive analysis of a large population of patients and their prognoses. This article reviews the recommendations of the IASLC International Staging Committee for the definitions for the TNM descriptors and the stage grouping in the new non-small cell lung cancer staging system.

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