Handgrip strength predicts survival in early lung cancer
Handgrip strength, as measured by a hand dynamometer, is able to predict both short- and longer-term mortality risk in patients with stage I inoperable non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a prospective cohort study indicates. "We usually look at the World Health Organization [WHO] performance status [PS] to assess mortality risk, but this is quite a subjective scale [despite the fact that] it guides doctors in their decision to treat patients," Stephanie Peeters, MD, a radiation oncologist at the MAASTRO Clinic in Maastricht, The Netherlands, told Medscape Medical News.
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