Narcissus, the Beam, and lung cancer

Gaetano Rocco

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In the management of lung cancer, the rules of engagement of SABR are not clearly defined. The potential for stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) to affect to an unprecedented level current protocols and in all disease stages emerges vehemently from the literature. However, in a time when the role of surgery is being reassessed, surgeons need to take a closer look at the evidence for the use of SABR in lung cancer patients and clearly define their indisputable role within the context of multidisciplinary teams. The myth of Narcissus exemplified in the absolute masterpiece by Caravaggio seems to represent an ideal metaphor to explain the ever-evolving interaction between surgery and SABR in lung cancer management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Early-stage lung cancer
  • Lung cancer management policies
  • Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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