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Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd edition

Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd edition: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines includes:
  • More than 275 recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with lung cancer, covering the full spectrum of care from initial evaluation to palliative and end-of-life care. 
  • Additional recommendations for screening, chemoprevention, and treatment of tobacco use in patients with lung cancer.

The guidelines were published May 2013 as a supplement to CHEST, with a corresponding editorial in the May issue of CHEST. They are available in print or online.


The print version includes:
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Methodology for the Development

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Online and App

Includes complete guidelines—inclusive of articles on individual topics, evidence profile tables, and more.

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The full guidelines can be accessed via the CHEST Journal app for the iPhone® and iPad®. To access the guidelines through the app, you must have a subscription to CHEST and log in through the app. Subscriptions cannot be purchased through the app.

The app is available in iTunes®

Lung cancer guidelinesNew Developments

The 3rd edition includes innovative procedural and methodological advances that have changed previous recommendations, including:

  • The most recent staging system, along with methods for staging.
  • An article devoted to tobacco dependence treatment in lung cancer patients.
  • A more critical approach to guideline development, employing the latest standards for evidence-based medicine.
  • Focus on advancements in symptom management and palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Focus on only those outcomes deemed patient-important.

Evidence-Based Medicine

Learn more about evidence-based guidelines and consensus statements and the methodology of guideline development.

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Listen to podcasts on the methodology and key recommendations.

Staging Lung Cancer

The Staging Lung Cancer site includes an interactive staging calculator designed to address the complexities of the 7th edition lung cancer stage classification system in a clinically relevant format.  

Lung Cancer Patient Resources

Visit the The CHEST Foundation pages for lung cancer patient resources.


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