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Sequential resection of lung metastasis following partial hepatectomy for colorectal cancer. BJS 2002; 89: 1164-1168.

Published: 29th November 2002

Authors: H. Ike, H. Shimada, S. Togo, S. Yamaguchi, Y. Ichikawa, K. Tanaka et al.

Background

Multiple organ metastases from colorectal carcinoma may be considered incurable, but long survival after both liver and lung resection for metastases has been reported.

Method

A retrospective analysis of 48 patients who underwent lung resection for metastatic colorectal cancer between 1992 and 1999 was undertaken. Twenty‐seven patients had lung metastasis alone, 15 had previous partial hepatectomy, and six had previous resection of local or lymph node recurrence. The relationship of clinical variables to survival was assessed. Survival was calculated from the time of first pulmonary resection.

Results

Five‐year survival rates after resection of lung metastasis were 73 per cent in patients without preceding recurrence, 50 per cent following previous partial hepatectomy and zero after resection of previous local recurrence. Independent prognostic variables that significantly affected survival after thoracotomy were primary tumour histology and type of preceding recurrence. There was no significant difference in survival after lung resection between patients who had sequential liver and lung resection versus those who had lung resection alone.

Conclusion

Sequential lung resection after partial hepatectomy for metastatic colorectal cancer may lead to long‐term survival. © 2002 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd

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