Video-assisted thoracic lobectomy for lung cancer in Italy: The 'VATS Group' Project

Roberto Crisci, Andrea Droghetti, Marcello Migliore, Alessandro Bertani, Alessandro Gonfiotti, Piergiorgio Solli

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As part of the third Mediterranean Symposium in Thoracic Surgical Oncology, we introduce the Italian VATS Group ( This national collaborative initiative was established in 2013 and started to recruit patients in January 2014; as of July 2016, 3680 patients have been enrolled in the database. Three different video-assisted thoracic surgery approaches have been predominantly used by Italian thoracic surgery centers, 71% of them preferentially adopting a multi-portal approach, with a 20% recorded morbidity. The majority of the cases were stage I adenocarcinomas of the lung. Conversion to open surgery occurred in 9% of the cases. The study suggests video-assisted thoracic surgery lobectomy as a 'gold standard' for the surgical treatment of early-stage lung cancer in Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalFuture Oncology
Issue number23s
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016


  • lobectomy
  • lung cancer
  • lung resection
  • multicenter study
  • VATS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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