Surgery in the Management of Small Cell Lung Cancer

Authors: Robert J. Downey MD * and Lee M. Krug MD *
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  • * From the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Division of Thoracic Oncology, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.
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Because most patients with small cell cancer of the lung present with distant metastatic disease, the treatment is almost always medical therapies without surgery. However, a small number of patients present with resectable disease, and this review summarizes the available literature addressing the possible role for surgery in the treatment of these patients.

Correspondence: Robert Downey, MD, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, New York 10021. E-mail: downeyr@mskcc.org
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