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The American College of Chest Physicians Lung Cancer Guidelines (3rd Edition)ACCP Lung Cancer Guidelines: Is the Pulmonologist Moving From Special Teams to Quarterback?

Nicholas J. Pastis, MD, FCCP
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From the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.

Correspondence: Nicholas J. Pastis, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 96 Jonathan Lucas St, 812 CSB, Charleston, SC 29425; e-mail: pastisn@musc.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The author has reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Pastis received a consulting fee from Olympus within the past three years for providing a lecture on endobronchial ultrasound to the Olympus salesforce.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.


Chest. 2013;143(5):1193-1195. doi:10.1378/chest.12-3108
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Despite advancements in screening, diagnostics, and treatment, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States with a 16% overall 5-year survival rate.1 The third edition of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Lung Cancer Guidelines, which accompanies this issue of CHEST (http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/issue.aspx?volume=143&issue=5_suppl), reflect a new era in screening, diagnostic, and staging modalities, treatment based on histology and mutation analysis, and novel approaches like stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). Ideally, pulmonologists will help guide these endeavors and seize opportunities to improve patient outcomes, answer old questions, and address new challenges. While the guidelines comprehensively address screening, diagnostic, and treatment, some of the most notable are described as follows.

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