NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Part 7: Treatment by cancer stage
This chart maps the treatment for superior sulcus tumors.
These tumors start at the top of the lung and easily grow
into the chest wall. For these tumors, chemoradiation is
used to cure the cancer if surgery isn’t an option.
If surgery is an option, chemoradiation is used to shrink
the tumor to make surgery easier. If chemoradiation
works, surgery followed by chemotherapy can be done.
If you are unable or refuse surgery after chemoradiation,
you should receive more radiation therapy to try to cure
the disease. Afterward, chemotherapy is recommended.
Stage III invasive tumors
Superior sulcus tumors
Able and want to
Lung tumor and
lymph node surgery
Unable or refuse
to have surgery
Chemoradiation if unable or
refuse to have surgery