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Pathology. 1995 Oct;27(4):295-301.

Lung pathology: the molecular genetics of non-small cell lung cancer.

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Queensland Cancer Fund Research Unit, Department of Pathology, University of Queensland Medical School, Herston.


In Australia, lung cancer is the most common malignancy in males and the largest cause of cancer deaths. Conventional management has not had a dramatic impact on the mortality rates from lung cancer, which has a case-fatality rate of over 90%. Recent developments in molecular and cellular biology have however, contributed to our knowledge of lung tumorigenesis, which will hopefully translate into clinical benefit for our patients. Many molecular abnormalities are common to both non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) but there are differences between these histological types and even within the NSCLC subtypes. This review concentrates on NSCLC, which accounts for up to 85% of Australian lung cancers.

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