From Thoracic surgery news.com :
in a recent article by Dr. Andrea S. Wolf, she examined outcomes in two groups of patients diagnosed with stage 1A nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) – 66 patients deemed high risk due to elderly age, poor lung function (or both) matched with 158 patients considered to be low risk surgically.
Results were surprising, for several reasons, – with no surgical mortality in either group. The long-term survival rate of the high risk group was also surprisingly good (but less than the matched group) – 58% were alive five years after surgery.
Dr. Wolf and her associates from Brigham & Women’s also presented these results at the 37th annual meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association this summer.