Salvage surgery for locally recurrent lung cancer: options for patients who have been treated with high dose radiotherapy

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Abstract

A combination of chemotherapy and high dose radiotherapy is the cornerstone of the treatment of locally-advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). For selected patients with early stage NSCLC, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT, also known as SABR, stereotactic ablative radiotherapy) is a good option. Unfortunately, metastases can occur in patients following these treatments. However, in some patients, the recurrence remains localized to the previous irradiated area, so-called local recurrence. For selected patients with such a recurrence, radical salvage surgery - a treatment modality with curative intent - is an option. In this article we describe two patients with local recurrence after high dose radiotherapy, who were subsequently treated operatively. We also discuss which subset of lung cancer patients should be selected for this type of surgery.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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