Radiation Therapy for Small-Cell Lung Cancer: ASCO Guideline Endorsement of an ASTRO Guideline

Megan E. Daly, Nofisat Ismaila, Roy H. Decker, Kristin Higgins, Dawn Owen, Ashish Saxena, Gregg E. Franklin, Dusty Donaldson, Bryan J. Schneider

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PURPOSE: The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) produced an evidence-based guideline on radiation therapy (RT) for small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Because of the relevance of this topic to ASCO membership, ASCO reviewed the guideline, applying a set of procedures and policies used to critically examine guidelines developed by other organizations. METHODS: The ASTRO guideline on RT for SCLC was reviewed for developmental rigor by methodologists. Then, an ASCO Expert Panel reviewed the content and the recommendations. RESULTS: The ASCO Expert Panel determined that the recommendations from ASTRO guideline on RT for SCLC, published in June 2020, are clear, thorough, and based upon the most relevant scientific evidence. ASCO endorsed ASTRO guideline on RT for SCLC with a few discussion points. RECOMMENDATIONS: Recommendations addressed thoracic radiotherapy for limited-stage SCLC, role of stereotactic body radiotherapy in stage I or II node-negative SCLC, prophylactic cranial radiotherapy, and thoracic consolidation for extensive-stage SCLC.Additional information is available at www.asco.org/thoracic-cancer-guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-939
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 10 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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