Journal article

Systematic endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration improves radiotherapy planning in non-small cell lung cancer

Aidan Joseph Cole, Nicholas Hardcastle, Guy-Anne Turgeon, Roshini Thomas, Louis B Irving, Barton R Jennings, David Ball, Tomas Kron, Daniel P Steinfort, Shankar Siva

ERJ Open Research | European Respiratory Society | Published : 2019


Objectives: Patients suitable for radical chemoradiotherapy for lung cancer routinely have radiotherapy (planning) volumes based on positron emission tomography (PET)-computed tomography (CT) imaging alone. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) can identify PET-occult malignancy and benign PET-avid regions. We investigated the impact of EBUS-TBNA on curative-intent radiotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods: A prospective multicentre trial was undertaken, investigating the impact of systematic EBUS-TBNA in addition to PET-CT for patients considered for radical chemoradiotherapy with NSCLC. A subset analysis of patients with discordant..

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