What is the role of postoperative radiation therapy in stage I and II 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 role of postoperative radiation has been explored and a meta-analysis of 9 randomized trials revealed a reduction in overall survival with postoperative radiation therapy in stage I and II NSCLC. However, it remains to be seen whether the use of modern radiation techniques with better definition of target volume and cardiac sparing could alter these outcomes.


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