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Respirology. 1998 Sep;3(3):159-66.

Non-surgical therapy for the patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Radiation therapy (RT) and chemotherapy have been the two main treatment modalities for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). New techniques in RT, including hyperfractination and 3-dimensional conformal RT (3-DCRT), have changed conventional RT, which has been regarded as standard modality for locally advanced NSCLC. Introduction of cisplatin into chemotherapeutic regimens for NSCLC has changed the status of chemotherapy to standard therapy for patients with stage IV or stage IIIb with effusion. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy alone have already showed their limitations, even although they could improve the survival of NSCLC patients. Combined treatments with these two have become powerful alternatives for patients with unresectable and locally advanced NSCLC. Sequential or concurrent chemoradiotherapy could improve the response rate and survival rate without a remarkable increase in toxicities. Gene therapy is a novel therapeutic approach based on molecular oncology and tumour immunology. The practical contribution of gene therapy to clinical oncology is still minimal. From the research data, gene therapy has shown its potential to become a new treatment modality or to lead us to as yet undiscovered novel approaches to the treatment of lung cancer.

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