What is the role of combination chemoradiation therapy for the treatment of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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The current standard of care in the management of good-risk (ie, Karnofsky performance score of 70-100, minimal weight loss) patients with locally advanced unresectable (stage IIIA) non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is combined-modality therapy consisting of platinum-based chemotherapy in conjunction with radiation therapy. This combination results in statistically significant improvement in both disease-free and overall survival rates compared with either modality used alone. [126, 127]


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