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Volume 19, Number 4, 2014

Is stereotactic ablative radiotherapy an alternative to surgery in operable stage I non-small cell lung cancer?

Andrea Riccardo Filippi, Pierfrancesco Franco, Umberto Ricardi


Surgery is the gold therapeutic standard for patients affected with stage I non-small cell lung cancer. Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy is currently considered the preferred treatment option for inoperable patients, representing approximately 25%. Limited data are available directly comparing surgery and SABR in operable patients, none of them prospective. Preliminary results are encouraging, showing that the two treatment modalities are equally effective in terms of tumour control, with expected similar survival projections. Moreover, in elderly patients SABR could represent a valid treatment alternative in comparison to surgery due to the lower morbidity. We here review and discuss the potential role of SABR as an alternative to surgery in operable early stage lung cancer patients.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2014; 19(4) : 275-279

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