The fiberbronchoscope has greatly extended our capabilities allowing a better understanding of early lung cancer and a striking improvement in localization. Yet, it is realized that some of these lesions actually represent advanced disease even though not visible by X ray. More sophisticated methods are needed for the truly early tumors where no endobronchial abnormality can be found. Means to enhance detection of small or invisible areas of in situ carcinoma are being developed and investigated. A parallel effort is also being made to improve the reliability of cytologic separation from adjacent lobes. As more effective and economical screening techniques are developed, these highly reliable localizing techniques will allow definitive therapy in truly early cancer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Seminars in Oncology|
|State||Published - 1974|
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