Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-17-2020

Publication Title

Lung Cancer Manag

Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to describe the frequency and distribution of biopsy procedures for patients diagnosed and treated for primary lung cancer.

Study design: Retrospective cohort study within an administrative database.

Materials & methods: This observational study used data from the IBM MarketScan

Results: The total number of lung biopsies performed among eligible subjects was 32,814; an average of 1.7 biopsies per patient. Bronchoscopy and percutaneous approaches accounted for 95% of all procedures. Complication rates by procedure are remarkably similar irrespective of biopsy frequency.

Conclusion: Nearly half (46%) of patients in this population experienced multiple biopsies prior to diagnosis. Further, biopsy choice or sequence in patients receiving multiple procedures was unpredictable.

PubMed ID

33318758

Volume

9

Issue

4

First Page

40

Last Page

40

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