The results of the surgical treatment of bronchogenic carcinoma have been distressingly poor. The five year survival rates of patients in whom this disease causes symptoms have been only 5 to 10% of the entire group.1 The survival rate is better in patients with bronchogenic carcinoma without symptoms, in whom the tumor has been found incidentally.2 The patient described in this report presented himself with a recurrent carcinoma in the bronchial stump 18 months after pneumonectomy. No other carcinoma was found. It was decided to explore the chest, to remove the stump of the bronchus, if possible, and to repair the defect with steel wire mesh.3 The successful reoperation in this patient illustrates that recurrent bronchogenic carcinoma need not be hopeless. No similar case has been found in the available literature.
REPORT OF A CASE
A 63-year-old Greek man first entered the Presbyterian Hospital on Nov. 25,