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PET‐CT scanning to assess the spread of non‐small cell lung cancer within the chest

In the absence of distant metastasis, treatment options for non‐small cell lung cancer depend on how much the disease has spread to the different lymph nodes within the chest, that is, the stage of the disease. If the cancer has not spread beyond the nearest (N1) lymph nodes, surgery is often the treatment of choice. Other treatment options for these patients include treatment with either radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or both. Planning the optimal treatment is therefore critically dependent on accurate staging of the disease. PET‐CT scanning is a non‐invasive method of establishing the spread of NSCLC within the chest and elsewhere in the body, which is increasingly available and used by lung cancer multi‐disciplinary teams. Although the non‐invasive nature of PET‐CT constitutes one of the major advantages of the test, PET‐CT may be suboptimal in detecting malignancy in normal‐sized lymph nodes and in ruling out malignancy in patients with coexisting inflammatory or infectious diseases. We examined the accuracy of PET‐CT scanning in establishing the spread of cancer in patients with suspected or confirmed NSCLC that is potentially suitable for surgical treatment with curative intent.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2016

Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of small cell lung cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 9, 2016

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: November 2, 2016

Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of malignant mesothelioma

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: October 21, 2016

Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: October 3, 2016

Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 3, 2016

Osteosarcoma and Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma of Bone Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of osteosarcoma/malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 10, 2016

Unusual Cancers of Childhood Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of unusual cancers of childhood such as cancers of the head and neck, chest, abdomen, reproductive system, skin, and others.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: December 1, 2016

Adrenocortical Carcinoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of adrenocortical carcinoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 27, 2016

Ewing Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of Ewing sarcoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: October 3, 2016

Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of oropharyngeal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 19, 2016

Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 19, 2016

Wilms Tumor and Other Childhood Kidney Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of Wilms tumor.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: December 1, 2016

Hypopharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of hypopharyngeal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 19, 2016

Adult Central Nervous System Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of adult central nervous system tumors.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 26, 2016

Nasopharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of nasopharyngeal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 19, 2016

Salivary Gland Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of salivary gland cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 19, 2016

Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood rhabdomyosarcoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: December 2, 2016

Adult Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of adult Hodgkin lymphoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 3, 2016

Anal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of anal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 7, 2016

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