Narrative review: Molecular and genetic profiling of oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer

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Objective: The objectives of this review were to discuss: the definition, clinical and biologic features of oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), as well as the concept of treating oligoprogression in oligometastatic NSCLC. Background: A substantial proportion of patients diagnosed with lung cancer present with metastatic disease, and a large portion of patients who present with localized disease later develop metastases. Oligometastatic NSCLC is defined as an intermediate state between localized and widespread metastatic disease, where there may be a role for curative localized therapy approach by treating the primary tumor and all metastases with radiotherapy or surgery. Despite the increasing application of this approach in patients with lung cancer, the identification of patients who might benefit from this approach is yet to be well characterized. Methods: After a systematic review of the literature, a PubMed search was performed using the English language and the key terms: oligometastatic, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), localized consolidative treatment (LCT), biomarkers, biologic features, clinical features. Over 500 articles were retrieved between 1889–2021. A total of 178 papers discussing the definition, clinical and biologic factors leading to oligometastatic NSCLC were reviewed and included in the discussion of this paper. Conclusions: Oligometastatic NSCLC is a unique entity. Identifying patients that have oligometastatic NSCLC accurately using a combination of clinical and biologic features and treating them with localized consolidative approach appropriately results in improvement of outcome. Further understanding of the molecular mechanisms driving the formation of oligometastatic NSCLC is an important area of focus for future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3351-3368
Number of pages18
JournalTranslational Lung Cancer Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Biologic features
  • Biomarkers
  • Clinical features
  • Localized consolidative treatment (LCT)
  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
  • Oligometastatic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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