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Sublobar resection provides an equivalent survival after lobectomy in elderly patients with early lung cancer.

BACKGROUND: Sublobar resection is indicated for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer in patients with a perioperative risk associated with impaired medical conditions. This study was conducted to investigate the clinical impact of this procedure in the elderly.

METHODS: The patients who underwent complete resection for stage IA non-small cell lung cancer from 1990 and 2007 were enrolled (n = 764). Two age groups were defined as elderly (≥75 years) and younger (<75 years) patients. The 5-year survival, recurrence, and postoperative complications after sublobar resection were compared with those after standard lobectomy according to age group.

RESULTS: There were 133 elderly patients (79 standard lobectomies and 54 sublobar resections) and 631 younger patients (539 standard lobectomies and 92 sublobar resections). While the 5-year survival after sublobar resection was significantly inferior to that after standard lobectomy in the younger group (64.0% and 90.9%, respectively, p < 0.0001), however, no substantial difference was observed in the elderly (67.6% and 74.3%, p = 0.92). Locoregional recurrence rates were higher in patients after sublobar resection than those after standard lobectomy in both the elderly (11.1% vs 1.3%) and the younger (12.0% vs 1.5%) groups. No significant difference in postoperative complications was observed between the types of surgery in the elderly.

CONCLUSIONS: Sublobar resection for stage IA is considered to be an appropriate treatment in the elderly patients as this procedure provides an equivalent long-term outcome in comparison with lobectomy. A larger scale study with matching patients is necessary to confirm the noninferiority of sublobar resection in comparison with standard lobectomy in this population.

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