The authors have summed up their 12-year experience in forming a system of organizational measures for the diagnosis of pulmonary diseases in an industrial area with the adult population of 3,616 mln. The major stages of diagnosis were studied, measures for its improvement defined, the main causes of diagnostic errors brought to light. The authors are of opinion that separate examination of patients with pulmonary pathology in different institutions is inappropriate.
The paper discusses improvement in diagnosis and surgical treatment of lung cancer starting from detection of alterations in the lungs to establishing indications for surgery. A complex of diagnostic and therapeutic measures aimed at improving the results of surgical treatment of the disease is suggested.