Tumor volume combined with number of positive lymph node stations is a more important prognostic factor than TNM stage for survival of non-small-cell lung cancer patients treated with (chemo)radiotherapy
Dehing-Oberije, Cary × De Ruysscher, Dirk van der Weide, Hiska Hochstenbag, Monique Bootsma, Gerben Geraedts, Wiel Pitz, Cordula Simons, Jean Teule, Jaap Rahmy, Ali Thimister, Paul Steck, Harald Lambin, Philippe #
International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics vol:70 issue:4 pages:1039-1044
Purpose: The current tumor, node, metastasis system needs refinement to improve its ability to predict survival of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with (chemo)radiation. In this study, we investigated the prognostic value of tumor volume and N status, assessed by using fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (PET).