Postoperative Surveillance for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Resected With Curative Intent: Developing a Patient-Centered Approach

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Local recurrence or the development of metachronous cancer after surgical therapy for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is not uncommon, and these conditions are often amenable to curative therapy. Predictors of recurrence based on surgical, patient, and pathologic factors are well known. A literature search was performed for articles regarding identification or treatment with curative intent of early local recurrence or metachronous cancer after resection of NSCLC. A patient-centered algorithm for surveillance after resection can be developed based on both risk of recurrence and potential benefit from further treatment to optimize individual follow-up algorithms.

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