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Alternatives to Surgical Resection for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Bryan M. Burt, MD, Shawn S. Groth, MD
Alternatives to Surgical Resection for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer is a topic covered in the Pearson's General Thoracic.

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Key Points

  • Surgical resection is the standard of care treatment of patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Ablative techniques such as stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, and cryotherapy are good alternatives to surgical resection for medically inoperable patients with stage I and node-negative stage II (T1-3, N0, M0) NSCLC.
  • In NSCLC patients considered for non-resectional approaches, a thorough evaluation of mediastinal and N1 nodal stations is critical, and may require invasive pathologic nodal sampling.

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Key Points

  • Surgical resection is the standard of care treatment of patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Ablative techniques such as stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, and cryotherapy are good alternatives to surgical resection for medically inoperable patients with stage I and node-negative stage II (T1-3, N0, M0) NSCLC.
  • In NSCLC patients considered for non-resectional approaches, a thorough evaluation of mediastinal and N1 nodal stations is critical, and may require invasive pathologic nodal sampling.

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Last updated: December 29, 2019