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Chest. 2009 Jul;136(1):260-71. doi: 10.1378/chest.08-0978.

The new lung cancer staging system.

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  • 1Thoracic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8062, USA.


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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