Dr. Eric Vallieres explains why a molecular measure of tumor aggressiveness is needed.

5-Year Mortality Rates by Stage

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Identification of patients that are at higher risk of cancer-specific mortality is a current unmet clinical need for patients with early stage lung cancer.

Utilizing myPlan Lung Cancer, the physician and patient can make informed treatment decisions based on the aggressiveness of the patient’s disease.

Treatment options for early stage patients

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NCCN guidelines recommend complete resection for all surgical candidates with stage I or II non-small cell lung cancer (NCCN guidelines). CT observation is recommended for patients with stage IA disease, while adjuvant chemotherapy is recommend for stage II patients with nodal involvement.  For patients with stage IB or II with no nodal involvement, treatment decision between CT observation and adjuvant chemotherapy is determined by the presences or absences of various high risk features.

Goldstraw P, Crowley J, Chansky K, et al. The IASLC Lung Cancer Staging Project: proposals for the revision of the TNM stage groupings in the forthcoming (seventh) edition of the TNM Classification of malignant tumors. J Thorac Oncol 2007; 2:706–714

National Comprehensive Cancer Centers.  NCCN clinical practice guidelines in oncology (NCCN Guidelines): Non-small cell lung cancer v3.2014.

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NCCN high risk features in early stage lung cancer

HIGH RISK FACTOR CHALLENGES
Tumor Size Limited evidence suggests patients with stage I disease and tumors >3.2cm1 or >4cm2 may benefit from systemic treatment.
Tumor Grade No clear standards distinguish different levels of tumor cell different levels of tumor cell differentiation and associate risk.3
Lymphovascular Invasion T1 (smaller) cancers with vascular invasion have a worse outcome than T2 (larger) cancers that don't have vascular invasion. However, diagnosis is binary and reliability varies from clinic to clinic.4
Wedge Resection Sublobar resections have a worse prognosis.5
Visceral Pleural Involvement Conflicting evidence supporting its value as a prognostic indicator.1,7,8
Nodal Evaluation Subjective depending on surgeon and perceived patient risk.6

*No high risk feature is validated in a prospective randomized clinical trial

References

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