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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 3, Issue 5, Pages 309-313
Original Article

Investigation of Patients with Apparently Inoperable Lung Cancer

Riyad Karmy-Jones,1 Eric Vallieres,1 Joseph W Lewis,1 and George Dundas2,3

1Division of Thoracic Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA
2Division of Thoracic Surgery, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
3Division of Radiation Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Over a three-year period, 30 patients were referred to a multidisciplinary lung cancer group for palliative radiotherapy of presumed unresectable bronchogenic cancer on the basis of radiological findings. Further investigation, including surgical staging, demonstrated that 10 were candidates for surgical resection. Nine patients are alive and free of disease at a median follow-up of 25.8 months. These results demonstrate that chest x-ray and computed tomography of the chest may not be specific enough to rule out the possibility of surgical cure.