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Bronchogenic carcinoma is one of the tumors with the statistically most markedly rising incidence, at least in western countries. For many years both the resectability and the long-term results have remained invariable due to the serious delay with which the disease is usually diagnosed. In addition, the success of treatment appears to be closely correlated with disease stage; in particular lymphnode involvement has a major influence on the long-term survival following adequate treatment. As a consequence, a strong conviction has established itself in recent years, that radical removal of all mediastinal lymph node stations ipsilateral to the operated lung represents not only a necessary staging procedure, but also a useful measure to improve the prognosis of these patients.