Treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer

Chest. 2003 Jan;123(1 Suppl):176S-180S. doi: 10.1378/chest.123.1_suppl.176s.


Photodynamic therapy (PDT), brachytherapy, electrocautery, cryotherapy, and Nd-YAG laser therapy are therapeutic options available for management of endobronchial malignancies. All of these treatment modalities have been used for both palliation of late obstructing cancers, and more recently have been used as primary treatment of early radiographically occult cancers. We reviewed the evidence for the use of these treatment options in the management of early lung cancer.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Brachytherapy
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / therapy*
  • Cryotherapy
  • Electrocoagulation
  • Humans
  • Laser Coagulation
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Photochemotherapy