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Biologic Therapies: Best Hope for Advanced Lung Cancers?


Two new studies of small-cell and non–small-cell lung cancers reflect the sometimes real but quite limited progress medical researchers are making in increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Because chemotherapy is “nonspecific, nonselective, and toxic,” an editorialist commenting on the studies recommended that new studies of these conditions be aimed at prevention, early detection, and use of specific biologic agents.


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