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American Journal of Roentgenology
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 193  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 38 - 42

Palliative Treatment of Inoperable Malignant Tracheobronchial Obstruction: Temporary Stenting Combined With Radiation Therapy and/or Chemotherapy

J. H Kim, J. H Shin, H. Y Song, J. Y Ohm, J. M Lee, D. H Lee and S. W. Kim    

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the clinical results of temporary stenting followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy in patients with inoperable malignant tracheobronchial strictures.

CONCLUSION. Temporary stenting combined with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may be clinically effective in the palliative treatment of patients with malignant tracheobronchial strictures. Stent placement may serve as an effective bridge to radiation and/or chemotherapy, allowing the latter to consolidate durable relief of obstructing symptoms by reducing tumor burden. Furthermore, our treatment strategy may increase patients' quality of life by reducing stent-related complications.

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