Outcomes and the role of adjuvant therapy of limited stage small cell lung cancer undergoing surgical treatment

Lung Cancer

Yu J, et al. Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi 2020.


Objective: To investigate the outcomes of limited stage small cell lung cancer (L-SCLC) undergoing surgical therapy and to explore the value of adjuvant therapy for those patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis was initialed for the L-SCLC patients who underwent the surgical treatment in the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University from January 2012 to December 2018. The median disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were calculated by Kaplan-Meier method. Cox regression was used to explore the prognostic factors. Results: A total of 44 patients were included in our study. The median DFS was 25 months, 1- and 2-year DFS rate were 70.2% and 51.9%, respectively. The median OS was 41 months, 1- and 2- year OS rate were 88.4% and 69.9%, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed male (RR=6.56, P=0.03), T3-4 (RR=6.23, P=0.01), pathological lymph node metastasis (RR=6.52, P=0.03) and adjuvant radiotherapy (RR=0.13, P=0.002) were associated with disease relapse significantly. Moreover, pathological lymph node metastasis (RR=3.62, P=0.01) coupled with sufficient adjuvant chemotherapy (≥4 cycles) (RR=0.12, P=0.01) were independent prognostic factors of OS. Conclusions: Surgical therapy may be an alternative primary treatment for L-SCLC. Additional adjuvant radiotherapy can reduce the risk of recurrence. Giving sufficient course of adjuvant chemotherapy can improve OS.