What is the treatment options for stage IIIB 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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Patients with satellite lesions (T4 N0-1) should undergo a surgical resection if possible, followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. All other patients with stage IIIB disease are usually not candidates for surgical resection and are best managed with chemotherapy, combined chemoradiation therapy, or radiation therapy alone, depending on extent of disease, sites of involvement, and performance status of the patient. Patients who have malignant pleural effusion are not candidates for radiation therapy and are managed as stage IV (see below).

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