Preoperative pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and outcomes from resected early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Daniel Almquist, Nabin Khanal, Lynette Smith, Apar Kishor Ganti

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Background: Preoperative pulmonary function tests (PFTs) predict operative morbidity and mortality after resection in lung cancer. However, the impact of preoperative PFTs on overall outcomes in surgically-resected stage I and II non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has not been well studied. Patients and Methods: This is a retrospective study of 149 patients who underwent surgical resection as first-line treatment for stage I and II NSCLC at a single center between 2003 and 2014. PFTs [forced expiratory volume in 1 sec (FEV1), Diffusing Capacity (DLCO)], both absolute values and percent predicted values were categorized into quartiles. The Kaplan–Meier method and Cox regression analysis were used to determine whether PFTs predicted for overall survival (OS). Logistic regression was used to estimate the risk of postoperative complications and length of stay (LOS) greater than 10 days based on the results of PFTs. Results: The median age of the cohort was 68 years. The cohort was predominantly males (98.6%), current or ex-smokers (98%), with stage I NSCLC (82.76%). The majority of patients underwent a lobectomy (n=121, 81.21%). The predominant tumor histology was adenocarcinoma (n=70, 47%) followed by squamous cell carcinoma (n=61, 41%). The median follow-up of surviving patients was 53.2 months. DLCO was found to be a significant predictor of OS (HR=0.93, 95% CI=0.87-0.99; p=0.03) on univariate analysis. Although PFTs did not predict for postoperative complications, worse PFTs were significant predictors of length of stay >10 days. Conclusion: Preoperative PFTs did not predict for survival from resected early-stage NSCLC, but did predict for prolonged hospital stay following surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2903-2907
Number of pages5
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018


  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Postoperative complications
  • Postoperative outcomes
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Surgical resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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