Survival after community diagnosis of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Referral and Consultation
Patients seem to benefit from rapid reduction of tumor burden with surgery. Reasons for delay were not available. Nevertheless, referral delay experienced in the community is unduly long. In addition to patient choices, an unconscious patient or physician bias that lung cancer is untreatable or an inevitable consequence of smoking may be operating and needs further investigation.