Long term survival with stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) versus thoracoscopic sublobar lung resection in elderly people: National population based study with propensity matched comparative analysis Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Radiosurgery
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted


  • ┬áThis propensity matched analysis suggests that patients undergoing thoracoscopic surgical resection, particularly for larger tumors, might have improved cancer specific survival compared with patients undergoing SABR. Despite strategies used in study design and propensity matching analysis, there are inherent limitations to this observational analysis related to confounding, similar to most studies in healthcare of non-surgical technologies compared with surgery. As the adoption of SABR for the treatment of early stage operable lung cancer would be a paradigm shift in lung cancer care, it warrants further thorough evaluation before widespread adoption in practice.

publication date

  • January 2016



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC4937638

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/bmj.i3570

PubMed ID

  • 27400862

Additional Document Info

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  • i3570


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