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Postoperative radiotherapy can improve chances of survival in some lung cancer patients

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1411
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A new study of 7465 patients who underwent surgery for lung cancer shows that radiotherapy can improve the chances of long term survival in certain patients. The study, published online on 12 June in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (, doi:10.1200/JCO.2005.04.6110) suggests reconsidering the role of radiotherapy in the treatment of lung cancer.

    Brian Lally, a radiation oncologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the study's lead author, said: “Postoperative radiotherapy has failed to demonstrate a survival benefit in the past, …

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