Impact of lymph node occult metastases in stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): what is the evidence?

Giuseppe Marulli, Marco Mammana, Federico Rea


With the improvement in imaging techniques, and the development of screening protocols for lung cancer, a growing number of patients are expected to be diagnosed with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The landmark National Lung Screening Trial, gives us a hint: out of 1,060 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in patients undergoing annual low-dose chest computed tomography screening and 941 cases diagnosed with chest radiography, the proportion of stage I lung cancers was respectively 50% and 31% in the two groups (1).

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