Multidisciplinary management of non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in stage III: clinical case description. Recommendations and state of the art

Simona Carnio, Giulia Courthod, Simonetta Grazia Rapetti, Tiziana Vavalà, Matteo Giaj Levra, Enrica Capelletto, Silvia Novello

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7175/cmi.v7i1.632

Abstract

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in industrialized countries with progressive increase of its mortality rate. Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC ) is approximately 80-85% of all lung cancers, being adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma the most common histologies. The majority of the patients with stage III clinical stage, presents a mediastinal lymph node involvement described with computed tomography (TC) and/or positron emission tomography (PET). The current approach to patients with NSCLC is multidisciplinary, especially for those staged as potentially operable, both for staging and for a correct definition of best treatment strategy. Updated international and national Guidelines and recommendations can provide valuable support to the clinician.

The case described concerns the accidental detection of a tumour in the lung in a 58-year-old man with arterial hypertension controlled with ACE inhibitors. The treatments agreed after a multidisciplinary approach are cisplatin and docetaxel, the surgical resection, and the radiotherapy. After three months the patient has neither metastasis nor relapse.

Keywords

Non small cell lung cancer; Multidisciplinary management; Stage III disease; Therapy

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