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Lung Cancer. 2000 Oct;30(1):1-7.

Five year survival and later outcome of patients with X-ray occult lung cancer detected by sputum cytology.

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Department of Internal Medicine and Pulmonology Diseases, St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, CO, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A cohort of 51 consecutive patients with roentgenographically occult lung cancer, identified by sputum cytology and confirmed by bronchoscopy was reported previously.

METHODS:

All patients have now been followed beyond 5 years and the causes of death ascertained.

RESULTS:

The actual 5-year survival of 27 patients who were resected for cure was 74% including death for all causes. The 5-year survival of all patients who received either surgery or radiation in an attempt to cure was 54.3%. Twelve secondary cancers were found by sputum cytology; eight of these patients have died.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sputum cytology can be useful in the identification of early stage lung cancer in patients at high-risk where the chances of cure are favorable.

PMID:
11008005
DOI:
10.1016/s0169-5002(00)00190-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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