Bronchogenic carcinoma with chest wall invasion: factors affecting survival following en bloc resection

Ann Thorac Surg. 1982 Dec;34(6):684-91. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(10)60909-5.


Sixty-six patients (54 men and 12 women) with primary bronchogenic carcinoma and documented chest wall invasion underwent en bloc chest wall and pulmonary resection at the Mayo Clinic between January 1, 1960, and January 1, 1980. Ages ranged from 36 to 85 years, with a mean of 62.2. Forty-eight lobectomies, 16 pneumonectomies, and 2 wedge excisions were performed. After operation, 31 patients were classified as T3 N0 M0, 7 as T3 N1 M0, and 12 as T3 N2 M0. In 16 patients, the N classification could not be determined (T3 Nx M0). Operative mortality was 15.2%. Actuarial five-year survival (Kaplan-Meier method) of the 56 patients surviving operation was 32.9%. Five-year survival for patients with T3 N0 M0 neoplasms was 53.7%; five-year survival for patients with N1 and N2 neoplasms was only 7.4% (p = 0.001). The effect of various factors on survival, both singularly and in combination, was assessed by Cox's proportional hazards model. Only age had a significant association with survival. Among patients with T3 N0 M0 neoplasms, five-year survival was 84.6% for those 60 years of age or less and 27.7% for patients who were older than 60 years (p = 0.009). We conclude that en bloc resection for primary bronchogenic carcinoma with chest wall invasion, while associated with a significant mortality, can be performed with a strong likelihood of long-term survival if regional lymph nodes are not metastatically involved and there is no evidence of distant metastasis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Pneumonectomy* / methods
  • Probability