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Efficacy of surgical treatment for brain metastasis in patients with non-small cell lung cancer

 Sang Young Kim  ;  Chang Ki Hong  ;  Tae Hoon Kim  ;  Je Beom Hong  ;  Chul Hwan Park  ;  Yoon Soo Chang  ;  Hyung Jung Kim  ;  Chul Min Ahn  ;  Min Kwang Byun 
 Yonsei Medical Journal, Vol.56(1) : 103-111, 2015 
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PURPOSE: Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and simultaneously having brain metastases at the initial diagnosis, presenting symptoms related brain metastasis, survived shorter duration and showed poor quality of life. We analyzed our experiences on surgical treatment of brain metastasis in patients with NSCLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a single-center, retrospective review of 36 patients with NSCLC and synchronous brain metastases between April 2006 and December 2011. Patients were categorized according to the presence of neurological symptoms and having a brain surgery. As a result, 14 patients did not show neurological symptoms and 22 patients presented neurological symptoms. Symptomatic 22 patients were divided into two groups according to undergoing brain surgery (neurosurgery group; n=11, non-neurosurgery group; n=11). We analyzed overall surgery (OS), intracranial progression-free survival (PFS), and quality of life. RESULTS: Survival analysis showed there was no difference between patients with neurosurgery (OS, 12.1 months) and non-neurosurgery (OS, 10.2 months; p=0.550). Likewise for intracranial PFS, there was no significant difference between patients with neurosurgery (PFS, 6.3 months) and non-neurosurgery (PFS, 5.3 months; p=0.666). Reliable neurological one month follow up by the Medical Research Council neurological function evaluation scale were performed in symptomatic 22 patients. The scale improved in eight (73%) patients in the neurosurgery group, but only in three (27%) patients in the non-neurosurgery group (p=0.0495). CONCLUSION: Patients with NSCLC and synchronous brain metastases, presenting neurological symptoms showed no survival benefit from neurosurgical resection, although quality of life was improved due to early control of neurological symptoms.
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Yonsei Authors
김상용(Kim, Sang Young)
김태훈(Kim, Tae Hoon) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3598-2529
김형중(Kim, Hyung Jung) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2498-0683
박철환(Park, Chul Hwan) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0004-9475
변민광(Byun, Min Kwang) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1525-1745
안철민(Ahn, Chul Min)
장윤수(Chang, Yoon Soo) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3340-4223
홍재범(Hong, Je Beom)
홍창기(Hong, Chang Ki)
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