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Effect of VATS Wedge Resection and Mediastinal Lymph Node Sampling 
in Eldly Patients with Early Peripheral Lung Cancer

Author(s): Weihua LOU | Xiaohong ZHAN | Xinqing XIANG | Wei GUAN

Journal: Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
ISSN 1009-3419

Volume: 15;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Lung neoplasms | Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery | Wedge resection | Mediastinal lymph node sampling

Background and objective The treatment for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer is primarily surgical. However, the optimal extent of mediastinal lymph node resection remains to be determined. The aim of the current study is to investigate the effect of a pulmonary wedge resection on aged patients with lung cancer. Methods A total of 15 lung cancer patients aged over 70 years were treated via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) wedge resection and mediastinal lymph node sampling from June 2004 to February 2008. Mediastinal lymph node sampling included stations 2R, 4R, 8 and 9 for the right-sided cancers and stations 5, 6, 8 and 9 for the left-sided cancers. Results VATS wedge resection and mediastinal lymph node sampling for aged patients with peripheral lung cancer are minimally invasive treatments with a short operative time and low postoperative morbidity. The 1-year and 3-year survival rates were 100% and 86.6%, respectively. Conclusion VATS wedge resection and mediastinal lymph node sampling can be an alternative treatment for aged patients with early peripheral lung cancer.
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