TITLE

Endoscopic ultrasound: a useful tool to assess the mediastinum in patients with lung cancer?

AUTHOR(S)
Penman, I.; Fergusson, R. J.
PUB. DATE
February 2002
SOURCE
Thorax;Feb2002, Vol. 57 Issue 2, p95
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
editorial
ABSTRACT
Mediastinal involvement either by direct invasion or by spread to lymph nodes is seen at diagnosis in up to 50% of patients with non-small cell lung cancer and has a significant impact on both treatment and prognosis. Ipsilateral or subcarinal lymph node involvement is associated with a 5 year survival of 7-13% and usually precludes resection, but may identify a subset of patients who might benefit from neoadjuvant therapy. Contralateral nodal disease is surgically incurable with fewer than 5% of patients surviving 5 years. Accurate assessment of the mediastinum at the time of diagnosis is therefore vital for patients deemed suitable for potentially curative treatment.
ACCESSION #
12998469

 

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