Lung cancer radiation uses questioned
Radiation treatments for some types of lung cancer have decreased survival in certain patients, according to a review covering 30 years of studies.
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Additional information about non-small-cell lung cancer can be found at the National Cancer Institute's Web site at http://www.meds.com/pdq/nonsmallcell_pro.html.
Allen S. Lichter
University of Michigan Medical Center
Department of Radiation Oncology
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Lesley A. Stewart
Medical Research Council
Cancer Trials Office
5 Shaftsbury Road
Cambridge CB2 2BW
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