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Lung Cancer. 2000 Feb;27(2):101-5.

Surgical treatment of lung cancer with adrenal metastasis.

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Department of General and Digestive Surgery, Hospital Mutua de Terrassa, University of Barcelona, Spain.


Surgical treatment of adrenal metastasis from non-small cell lung cancer is controversial. Classically this group of patients has been considered incurable, therefore excision of the primary cancer and the adrenal gland has been avoided. However, recent reports show good results in their surgical management. Five selected patients with non-small cell lung cancer and adrenal metastases have been surgically treated. Two of them also presented with brain metastases that were excised, too. One patient with brain and adrenal metastases died 38 months after surgery. The other four patients are alive and with no sign of recurrent disease at 8, 16, 52 and 58 months of follow-up. In highly selected patients in whom both the primary and the metastatic tumors are resectable and in the absence of tumor spread to other organs, surgical treatment seems to be a good therapeutic option.

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