Long-term outcomes and quality of life should be the future focus of research measuring effectiveness of lung cancer surgery approaches

Rishindra M. Reddy

Abstract

The manuscript by Cerfolio et al. begins to fill a gap in the robotic lung cancer surgery literature by demonstrating long term follow up data for patients. This group of 4 separate institutions has combined data from 1,339 patients to show 5 year stage-specific survival and to be able to use this as a potential future benchmark for robotics, thoracoscopic, and open lung cancer surgery.