Updated January 2014
Patients with limited SCLC who achieve a satisfactory radiographic response of thoracic disease from combined-modality therapy do not require restaging. Repeat bronchoscopy may identify a small proportion of patients with residual disease but in the absence of a proven therapy that can convert partial responders after intensive chemoradiation to durable complete responders, the patient discomfort and additional costs mitigate against restaging bronchoscopy or imaging procedures in asymptomatic patients.
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