An official American thoracic society/european respiratory society statement: The role of the pulmonologist in the diagnosis and management of lung cancer

Mina Gaga, Charles A. Powell, Dean E. Schraufnagel, Nicolas Schonfeld, Klaus Rabe, Nicholas S. Hill, Jean Paul Sculier

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Abstract

Background: Lung cancer is a common problem seen by pulmonologists. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) are professional organizations whose memberships are composed of large numbers of pulmonologists. Purpose: This document describes the key role of pulmonologists in the prevention, early diagnosis, and management of lung cancer. Methods: A committee of ATS and ERS leaders and their oncology groups discussed the activities of pulmonologists in relation to lung cancer in various settings and reviewed available literature on the topic. The content of this statement was approved by the board of directors of both the ATS and ERS. Results: Optimal lung cancer care requires a multidisciplinary team of specialists who care for a significant number of patients on a regular basis. Pulmonologists are responsible for and involved with patients from their initial diagnosis and staging through treatment and restaging. They are often involved with complications, palliative care, and end-of-life care, and thus have an important role in team leadership. Conclusions: Lung cancer is a disease with highmortality, profound effects on the quality of the lives of patients and their families, and an enormous cost and impact on society. To treat lung cancer optimally, care must be prompt, multidisciplinary, and patientcentered. In the entire process, pulmonologists have a key role. Pulmonologists and their professional societies should also enhance lung cancer research and education to provide better treatment options and patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-507
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Volume188
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2013

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