Cost-effectiveness of routine mediastinoscopy in computed tomography- and positron emission tomography-screened patients with stage I lung cancer.

@article{Meyers2006CosteffectivenessOR,
  title={Cost-effectiveness of routine mediastinoscopy in computed tomography- and positron emission tomography-screened patients with stage I lung cancer.},
  author={Bryan F. Meyers and F{\'a}bio Jos{\'e} Haddad and Barry A. Siegel and Jennifer Bell Zoole and Richard J. Battafarano and Nirmal Kumar Veeramachaneni and Joel David Cooper and G. Alexander Patterson},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2006},
  volume={131 4},
  pages={822-9; discussion 822-9}
}
OBJECTIVE Accurate preoperative staging is essential for the optimal management of patients with lung cancer. An important goal of preoperative staging is to identify mediastinal lymph node metastasis. Computed tomography and positron emission tomography may identify mediastinal lymph node metastasis with sufficient sensitivity to allow omission of mediastinoscopy. This study utilizes our experience with patients with clinical stage I lung cancer to perform a decision analysis addressing… CONTINUE READING