The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of stage III non-small cell lung cancer: A survey of clinical practices in Lombardy, Italy, by the Airo-Lombardia Cooperative Group

M. Palazzi, R. Valdagni, M. Poli, A. Buffoli, M. Leoni, V. Vavassori, I. Di Lorenzo, F. Corbella, S. Nava, L. F. Cazzaniga, C. d'Affronto, N. Di Muzio, G. Borsa

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Abstract

Aims and background: The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of stage III non-small cell lung cancer is controversial. The aim of this survey was to investigate the use of this modality in current clinical practice in Lombardy, a highly industrialized region of northern Italy. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to all 13 radiotherapy centers in Lombardy, covering statistical, clinical, technical and strategical aspects, and the responses were analyzed. Results: A wide range of attitudes was observed among participating radiation oncologists; the percentage of cases treated with curative intent varied largely between centers (4-100%), as did the proportion of patients given to radiation only rather than combined modality treatment (5-100% vs 0-90%). Conclusions: An urgent need exists for better cooperation between all clinicians involved in lung cancer treatment, pursuing the goals of a more uniform clinical practice and a more aggressive clinical research attitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-289
Number of pages4
JournalTumori
Volume80
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1994

Keywords

  • clinical practice
  • lung cancer
  • non-small cell
  • radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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