Study: Imaging better than surgery for lung cancer staging

While endosonography is more accurate for staging the disease, no difference in survival was seen between the two diagnostic techniques.

A new study shows imaging techniques are more accurate than surgery for lung cancer staging but have no effect on extending survival after diagnosis.

Five-year survival was the same among patients who underwent endosonography and mediastinoscopy for lung cancer staging, despite improvements to the imaging procedure, surprising researchers at the Academic Research Center in Amsterdam.

Staging procedures allow doctors to select the proper course of treatment for cancer patients. The more accurate the procedures are, the better treatment may turn out for patients — at least, that’s the theory.

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