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Oncol Rep. 2001 Jan-Feb;8(1):57-61.

Skin metastases in lung cancer: analysis of a 10-year experience.

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Thoracic Surgery, Tor Vergata University, 00144 Rome, Italy.


We reviewed our 10-year experience in skin metastases from lung cancer. We identified a total of 26 patients with 49 resected skin metastases. Skin metastases were synchronous in 6 patients, 3 of whom underwent primary simultaneous resection, and solitary in 6 (6/26=23.07%). Negative prognostic factors were primary non-resectability (p=0.001), small cell lung cancer (p=0.032), simultaneous discovery of other cutaneous (p=0.048) or extracutaneous (p=0.0005, Wald test p<0.002, Odds ratio =14.37) metastases. Skin metastasis represented the unique distant localization in almost one quarter of our cases that represent the best-survivor category: in these patients skin metastasectomy is justified.

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