Treatment of Late Stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: We Have More Work to Do

Authors: Coty Ho, MD


The successful treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), like most solid tumors, still relies on complete surgical resection. However, a meaningful disease-free interval with surgery alone has been typically restricted to early stages I and II. Over the years, we have made slight improvements in the overall survival and quality of life for patients with more advanced stages, although these improvements have been relegated to patients with a “decent” performance status who can tolerate more intense combined modality therapy or chemotherapy alone.

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