Positive margins after lung cancer surgery: is postoperative radiotherapy worth the burn?

Basheer Elsolh, Alexander Adibfar, Vaibhav Gupta, Elliot Wakeam


Surgical resection margins are a key quality metric for in the surgical management of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and margin status influences local recurrence and long-term survival (1). While the importance of negative surgical margins is accepted, the optimal adjuvant treatment strategies, and in particular the role of post-operative radiotherapy (PORT), are less clear.