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Risk stratification model may aid in lung cancer staging and treatment decisions

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Lung cancer treatment and prognosis is critically dependent on accurate staging that takes into account the extent to which cancer has spread from the primary lung tumor to other locations. Examination of lymph nodes containing lung cancer cells that have spread can be done by surgical removal, historically the standard practice, or by using a less invasive more cost effective technique called endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA). …