Article Abstract

Thoracotomy versus VATS: short term outcomes from a large randomized controlled trial

Authors: Lucio Cagini, Silvia Ceccarelli, Valentina Tassi, Jacopo Vannucci, Francesco Puma


In the February 2018 issue of Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the results of the “Thoracoscopic Surgery Versus Thoracotomy For Lung Cancer: Short Term Outcomes Of A Randomized Trial” by Hao Long et al. were published (1). The aim of this non-inferiority, phase 3, multicenter randomized controlled trial both for short-term and oncologic outcome, was “to confirm that VATS lobectomy is non-inferior to open surgery for the treatment of early-stage NSCLC”. The results of this study merit the attention of thoracic surgeons for several reasons.