Delayed Chemo After Surgery Still Beneficial in Lung Cancer

Share this content:
Delayed Chemo After Surgery Still Beneficial in Lung Cancer
Delayed Chemo After Surgery Still Beneficial in Lung Cancer

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy that's been delayed due to slow recovery from non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) surgical resection can still provide real benefit to patients, according to a study published online Jan. 5 in JAMA Oncology.

Daniel Boffa, M.D., from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and colleagues tracked a U.S. national cancer database involving 12,473 patients. The researchers compared the timing of post-surgical chemotherapy against the odds the patient would die over the next five years. All of the patients included in the study had stage I, II or III NSCLC.

The researchers found that delaying chemotherapy -- even when administered up to four months after surgery -- didn't increase a patients' risk of death. And compared to patients who only had surgery with no follow-up chemo, those who had delayed chemotherapy still had a lower risk of death during the study period.

Based on the findings, "clinicians should still consider chemotherapy in appropriately selected patients who are healthy enough to tolerate it, up to four months after NSCLC surgical resection," Boffa said in a Yale news release. "Further study is warranted to confirm these findings."

Full Text
Editorial

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions

More in Home

FDA OKs Drug for Hemophilia A With Factor VIII Inhibitors

FDA OKs Drug for Hemophilia A With Factor ...

Weekly prophylactic treatment associated with substantial decrease in bleeding episodes

Risk of Falls Up With Mild, Moderate Diabetic Retinopathy

Risk of Falls Up With Mild, Moderate Diabetic ...

And perceived barriers to diabetes self-management are associated with severity of diabetic retinopathy

AMD Risk Has Dropped By Birth Cohort Throughout 20th Century

AMD Risk Has Dropped By Birth Cohort Throughout ...

Generational association remains significant after adjustment for age, sex, other confounders

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »