Reconsidering T component of cancer staging for T3/T4 non-small-cell lung cancer with additional nodule

Fang Wang, Hang Su, Haoran E, Likun Hou, Minglei Yang, Long Xu, Jiani Gao, Mengmeng Zhao, Junqi Wu, Jiajun Deng, Xiaofeng Xie, Yifan Zhong, Yingze Li, Tingting Wang, Chunyan Wu, Dong Xie & Chang Chen
Background:Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with additional nodule(s) located in the same lobe or ipsilateral different lobe were designated as T3 and T4, respectively, which was merely defined by anatomical location of additional nodule(s), regardless of other prognostic factors.Methods:A total of 4711 patients with T1-4, N0-2, M0 NSCLC undergoing complete resection were identified between 2009 and 2014, including 145 patients with additional nodule(s) in the same lobe (T3-Add) and 174 patients with additional tumor nodule(s) in...
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