Raman V, et al. Chest 2020.
BACKGROUND: The interaction between tumor size and the comparative prognosis of lobar and sublobar resection has been poorly defined.
RESEARCH QUESTION: The purpose of this study was to characterize the relationship between tumor size and the receipt of segmentectomy or lobectomy in association with overall survival in patients with clinically node-negative non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
STUDY DESIGN: and Methods: The 2004-2015 National Cancer Database (NCDB) was queried for patients with cT1-3N0M0 NSCLC who underwent segmentectomy or lobectomy without neoadjuvant therapy or missing survival data. The primary outcome was overall survival (OS), which was evaluated using multivariable Cox proportional hazards including an interaction term between tumor size and type of surgery.
RESULTS: A total of 143,040 patients were included: 135,446 (95%) underwent lobectomy and 7594 (5%) segmentectomy. In multivariable Cox regression, a significant three-way interaction was found between tumor size, histology, and type of surgery (p<0.001). When patients were stratified by histology, lobectomy was associated with significantly improved survival compared to segmentectomy beyond a tumor size of approximately 10 mm for adenocarcinoma and 15 mm for squamous cell carcinoma, which was recapitulated in subgroup analyses. No interaction between tumor size and type of surgery was found for patients with neuroendocrine tumors.
INTERPRETATION: In this NCDB study of patients with node-negative NSCLC, we found different tumor size thresholds, based on histology, that identified populations of patients who least and most benefit from lobectomy compared to segmentectomy.