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The majority of non-small cell lung cancer patients present with locally advanced disease that may not be resectable. A single modality treatment such as thoracic radiotherapy often results in an inferior outcome when compared to combined modality treatment. Various combinations of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery have been tested in patients with locally advanced non-small-celllung cancer with promising results. The favorable results of the combined modality treatment are accompanied by a corresponding increase in treatment related morbidity. In this article, the results of the application of combined modality treatments in the management of locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer are reviewed. (Cancer Res Treat. 2003;35:373-382)


The majority of non-small cell lung cancer patients present with locally advanced disease that may not be resectable. A single modality treatment such as thoracic radiotherapy often results in an inferior outcome when compared to combined modality treatment. Various combinations of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery have been tested in patients with locally advanced non-small-celllung cancer with promising results. The favorable results of the combined modality treatment are accompanied by a corresponding increase in treatment related morbidity. In this article, the results of the application of combined modality treatments in the management of locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer are reviewed. (Cancer Res Treat. 2003;35:373-382)