Bid to boost NSCLC resection

Raising the resection rate for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could make a tangible difference to survival, according to a study by the Cancer Institute NSW.

Five-year survival could be increased by 10% if the surgery rate in the state is raised from 40% to 59%, say the researchers.

Patients least likely to get surgery are those aged over 70 with a comorbidity and no private health insurance.

Institute CEO Professor David Currow says the report provides a clear blueprint for improving survival.