Histological determinants of survival in completely resected T1-2N1M0 nonsmall cell cancer of the lung

Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Apr;77(4):1173-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2003.08.080.


Background: The histologic determinants of survival after surgical resection of stage II nonsmall cell lung cancer are poorly understood. We analyzed the prognostic significance of a number of histologic features after complete resection of T1-2N1M0 nonsmall cell cancer of the lung.

Methods: The case notes and histology of all patients who underwent a potentially curative surgical resection for T1-2N1M0 nonsmall cell carcinoma of the lung between 1991 and 1997 were reviewed retrospectively. The following histologic factors were recorded: histologic type of tumor; number of nodes with metastatic deposits together with their nodal station; the presence of vascular invasion, visceral pleural involvement, and cellular necrosis; and grade of tumor. The results from 98 patients were analyzed. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify prognostic factors.

Results: Univariate analysis showed that only three factors had a statistically significant correlation with a poor prognosis: vascular invasion (p = 0.002), nonsquamous histology (p = 0.005), and visceral pleural involvement (p = 0.002). Multivariate analysis revealed that all three factors were significant independent adverse prognostic indicators.

Conclusions: Visceral pleural involvement, nonsquamous histology, and vascular invasion are all significant adverse prognostic factors after surgical resection of T1-2N1M0 nonsmall cell cancer of the lung. These findings conflict with previously published reports, and we advocate a prospective, large-scale study in order to clarify the prognostic significance of histologic characteristics in stage II disease.

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / surgery
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Rate