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Thoracoscopic Lobectomy Produces Long-Term Survival Similar to That with Open Lobectomy in Cases of Non–Small Cell Lung Carcinoma: A Propensity-Matched Analysis Using a Population-Based Cancer Registry
Using a Taiwanese national database, the authors evaluated long-term survival after VATS vs open lobectomy for lung cancer using propensity matching and multvariate analyses. Among 5,222 patients, 2,164 (41%) had a VATS approach. Propensity matching yielded 1848 patients in each group. 5-year survival was similar for the VATS and open groups (68.7% vs 65.5%). Surgical resection was not an independent predictor of survival.