Thoracoscopic lobectomy (VATS-L) for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a well-established option for early stage NSCLC, but the evidences are limited for octogenarians.
The objectives of this multi-institutional study were to evaluate the post-operative outcomes of VATS-L in octogenarians and to estimate the post-operative quality of life (QoL) using a validated questionnaire (EuroQoL5D).
Data from patients underwent VATS-L between 2014 and 2019 were analysed and divided into two groups: Group A (younger patients) and Group B (octogenarians). To define predictors for complications, univariate and multivariable logistic regression analysis were performed.
7023 patients underwent VATS-L and 329 (4.6%) were octogenarians. 30-day and 90-day post-operative mortality were similar (0.95% vs 0.91%, p = 0.84 and 1.3% vs 1.2%, p = 0.58), whereas the percentage of patients who suffered from any complication (25.5% vs 31.9%, p = 0.012) and the complication rate (31.6% vs 45.2%, p=80 years had a significant influence on morbidity on both univariate and multivariable analyses (p = 0.025).
VATS-L for NSCLC can be performed in selected octogenarians without increased risk of post-operative death, acceptable not-life-threatening complications and a moderate impact on QoL.