Strategy for marginally resectable lung cancer

Masahiro Kaji, Rei Kobayashi, Yumi Hino, Kyohei Masai, Naofumi Miyahara, Fumio Sakamaki, Keisuke Miyamoto, Hirofumi Kamata, Daisuke Taniyama, Keiichi Suemasu

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Lung cancer accounts for the largest number of new cases of cancer deaths annually. The treatment of locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) will continue to be a problem for many years. In particular, the border-zone subset of stage III A (N2) patients, which lies between the generally resectable stage I and II tumors and the unresectable stage III B patients, has been the subject of a wide variety of clinical trials incorporating various combinations of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. "What is the ideal therapy for stage III A (N2) patients?" is a controversial question, and the role of surgery is not clearly defined because of its heterogeneous nature. Most importantly, treatment decisions for these patients should be dictated by the stage of the patients' disease and the patients' performance status, medical comorbidities, and preferences. At our hospital, therefore, all of these patients' data are discussed at our cancer-board conference, incorporating the options of thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists to determine the optimal prospective treatment strategies for the patients. We focused on a treatment strategy for the patients with the so called 'marginally resectable' lung cancer in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1256-1260
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug
Externally publishedYes


  • Lung cancer
  • Marginally resectable tumor
  • Multimodality treatment
  • N2 disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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