Influence of Nonmedical Factors in the Choice of Lung Cancer Treatment

Vincent Mor, Edward Guadagnoli, Rebecca Silliman, Arvin Glicksman, Alan Weitberg, Francis Cummings, Richard Goldberg, Haya R. Rubin, E. R. Greenberg, C. G. Chute, T. Stukel, J. A. Baron, D. Freeman, J. Yates, R. Korson

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To the Editor: Greenberg et al. (March 10 issue)1 suggest that nonmedical factors influence the treatment received by persons given a diagnosis of non-small-cell lung cancer. The authors acknowledge that their findings are derived from a predominantly rural population whose disease was diagnosed over a decade ago (between 1973 and 1976). Using more contemporary data (1984 to 1986) obtained as part of a prospective, population-based study of the treatment patterns in patients with newly diagnosed disease in Rhode Island, we also observed that certain patients with non-small-cell lung cancer are treated differently, possibly for reasons independent of their clinical condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-653
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 8 1988
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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