Journal article

Chemotherapy plus surgery versus surgery alone in non-small-cell lung cancer.

V Cocquyt, W De Neve, SJ Van Belle

N Engl J Med | Published : 1994


To the Editor: We are concerned about several aspects of the study by Rosell et al. (Jan. 20 issue)1. The title is incorrect and misleading: the trial did not compare preoperative chemotherapy plus surgery with surgery alone; the trial compared preoperative chemotherapy plus surgery plus radiotherapy with surgery plus radiotherapy. The rates of survival and disease-free survival were extremely poor in the surgery-plus-radiotherapy group. These rates would be expected among patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer but are inferior to what would be expected in patients with resectable stage III disease. In several randomized trials, reviewed by Van Houtte,. © 1994, Massachusetts Med..

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