Artery-first vs vein-first surgical technique for segmentectomy of non-small cell lung cancer: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis

Lung Cancer

Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Oct 9;99(41):e22206. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000022206.


BACKGROUND: Surgery for lung cancer squeezes the tumor, further promoting the circulation of tumor cells, which may be one of the reasons for lung cancer metastasis and recurrence. In theory, the potential risk of tumor cell proliferation can be minimized if the outflow veins are ligated first (via veins first [V-first]) rather than arteries first (via arteries first [A-first]). However, due to the lack of sufficient evidence, this technical concept has not been widely accepted as a standard in surgical oncology in the current guidelines. This systematic review and meta-analysis will be used to determine which techniques will yield longer patient survival and benefit patients during segmentectomy.

METHODS: We will search PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, Cancerlit, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Google Scholar databases for relevant clinical trials published in any language before January 1, 2021. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs), quasi-RCTs, propensity score-matched comparative studies, and prospective cohort studies of interest, published or unpublished, that meet the inclusion criteria will be included. Subgroup analysis of the type of operation, tumor pathological stage, and ethnicity will be performed.

RESULTS: The results of this study will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

CONCLUSION: As far as we know, this study will be the first meta-analysis to compare the efficacy of the vein-first and artery-first surgical technique of segmentectomy for patients diagnosed with resectable non-small cell lung cancer. Due to the nature of the disease and intervention methods, RCTs may be inadequate, and we will carefully consider inclusion in high-quality, non-RCTs, but this may result in high heterogeneity and affect the reliability of the results.INPLASY registration number: