Under the auspices of the 12th International Symposium on Special
Aspects in Radiotherapy 2008 in Berlin, acknowledged experts presented
their perspectives on small and non-small cell lung cancer, reflecting
the latest standards and engaging in controversies in the diagnosis and
treatment of this disease.
In the first part of this volume, aspects of the diagnostic workup
are highlighted from the histopathologistís point of view, followed by
presentations concerning the value of PET-CT and whole-body MRI in the
staging of lung cancer. The use and current methods in bronchoscopy,
endoscopic ultrasound, video-endoscopy and mediastinoscopy are discussed
in detail. The second section presents surgical and radio-oncological
treatment concepts for stage I/II non-small cell lung cancer including
stereotactic radiotherapy. The third section outlines the curative
options for stage III NSCLC: extended surgical approaches , definitive
radiochemotherapy and current concepts in adjuvant therapies. Emphasis
is also placed on altered fractionation schemes in radiotherapy.
Section 4 is dedicated to palliative procedures and the last section
gives an in-depth presentation of small cell lung cancer.
This book provides an excellent overview of up-to-date standards and
future strategies in lung cancer treatment. It will be of great value
to surgeons, radiation oncologists, pulmonary specialists and other
clinicians interested in this disease.