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Do GPs know nothing of newer lung cancer therapies?

From Professor K Moghissi, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and clinical director,

Yorkshire Laser Centre

My son is a GP and showed me your recent article on lung cancer (Clinical, 21 December).

The issue of newer

therapies such as photo-dynamic therapy was not even raised.

This was surprising enough but confirms my observations, supported by patient complaints, that GPs know nothing of this area.

It was more surprising that in discussion of the issue of palliation there was again

no mention of either

NdYAG for advanced local disease or of photodynamic therapy.

Bronchoscopic YAG laser has been used over the past 20 years in the UK.

A recent study published by this centre demonstrates more than 2,000 treatments with mortality of less than 0.1 per cent. Treatment is nowadays carried out as a day case.

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