Treating Patients with Early Stage Lung Cancer

October 30, 2013

Corey J. Langer, MD, discusses the treatment of patients with early stage lung cancer.

Corey J. Langer, MD, professor of medicine, hematology/oncology division, University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Cancer Center, discusses the treatment of patients with early stage lung cancer.

Clinical Pearls

  • The major concerns in early stage disease include proper surgical resection and clean proximal nodes
  • In patients with N1 or N2 involvement or stage 1 patients with tumors larger than 4 centimeters, standard postoperative care is adjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy for 4 cycles
  • Patients with early stage lung cancer should undergo reflex testing because the information on marker status can be used later if the patient relapses