Follow-up and Surveillance Recommendations for Patients Treated Curatively for Lung Cancer.
Surveillance for relapse or new primaries in patients treated with curative intent for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or stage I-IIA (T1-2 N0 M0) small cell lung cancer (SCLC):
- Low dose chest computed tomography (CT) with or without contrast every 6 months for 2 to 3 following curative intent treatment1-8.
- Low dose chest CT with or without contrast annually` thereafter1-8
Discussion / Summary of the literature
Despite advances in the care of patients with NSCLC, many patients with NSCLC treated with curative intent will eventually have progression of their disease. The rationale for surveillance following the treatment of lung cancer is the detection of relapse or a new primary lung cancer. There are no randomized trials that exist to support specific recommendations for surveillance modality and interval. Most recommendations are based on expert consensus and cohort studies, and the effect of surveillance on survival continues to be debated. Data extrapolated from screening trials does demonstrate a survival benefit to the detection of early-stage cancers and most guideline-setting groups recommend a surveillance strategy involving regular clinical examinations and imaging. 1-15
CT dose (i.e. Low dose vs Minimal dose) and the use of contrast is controversial. There are no data to suggest one dose over another. Extrapolation of data from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial would suggest Low dose CT provides good sensitivity for the detection of early stage cancers.4,5,16 Contrast enhanced CT chest may provide superior assessment of mediastinal nodal involvement.8
Finally, recommendations for surveillance post curative intent treatment of SCLC are based on expert consensus and parallel those for NSCLC1-15
NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines). Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Available at http://www.nccn.org
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- Hanna WC, Paul NS, Darling GE, Moshonov H, Allison F, Waddell TK, et al. Minimal-dose computed tomography is superior to chest x-ray for the follow-up and treatment of patients with resected lung cancer. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014;147(1):30-5.
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