Decision-making about stage I lung cancer treatment

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Division of Public Health Sciences

Surgery and radiation can both treat stage I lung cancer, but the best choice of treatment can vary from patient to patient.

Sometimes, surgery is the best choice. Sometimes, radiation is the best choice. And sometimes, either one can be a good choice, with different pros and cons. Studies are still testing which treatment works best for which patients.

This tool will help patients see the pros and cons of each and talk to their doctors about what choice works best for them.

This project is led by Dr. Mary Politi, Dr. Benjamin Kozower, Dr. Varun Puri, Dr. Clifford Robinson and Dr. Pamela Samson

This project is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital (award #5799) and the Department of Surgery’s Surgery and Public Health Research (SPHeRe) Collaborative.

Housten AJ, Kozower BD, Engelhardt KE, et al. Developing an Educational and Decision Support Tool for Stage I Lung Cancer Using Decision ScienceAnn Thorac Surg. 2023;115(2):299-308. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.07.019