Improving the lung cancer resection rate in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Health System.

@article{Dransfield2006ImprovingTL,
  title={Improving the lung cancer resection rate in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Health System.},
  author={Mark Thomas Dransfield and Brion Jacob Lock and Robert I. Garver},
  journal={Clinical lung cancer},
  year={2006},
  volume={7 4},
  pages={268-72}
}
BACKGROUND The optimal treatment for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is surgical resection; however, most patients are ineligible because of advanced disease. Although resection rates of 25% have been reported nationally, rates in the Veterans Affairs (VA) system appear lower, perhaps because of limited access to specialized care. We hypothesized that, since the introduction of a specialized Lung Mass Clinic in 1999, the resection rate at the Birmingham VA Medical Center would be comparable… CONTINUE READING

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