Study objectives: Relapse-free survival in patients with sulcus superior tumors.
Design: Prospective registration study.
Setting: Department of surgical oncology of a university hospital.
Patients: Twenty-one patients treated with preoperative radiotherapy (46 Gy), lobectomy and chest-wall resection, and intraoperative radiotherapy (10 Gy).
Results: After a median follow-up of 18 months, 18 patients (85%) were free from locoregional relapse, while 8 patients were still alive.
Conclusions: The results show that this protocol can achieve excellent local tumor control and can even be used for palliative treatment.