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BTOG 2018 | Minimally invasive thoracic surgery trials: VIOLET and robotic-assisted surgery data

Despite some forms of minimally invasive surgery being performed for some time, we are still lacking the analytical evidence that endoscopic thoracic surgery is better than that through a thoracotomy. In this interview, Joel Dunning, PhD, FRCS, of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough, UK, discuses the ongoing VIOLET study (ISRCTN13472721), a large multicenter randomized controlled trial of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) vs. open lobectomy for lung cancer. Dr Dunning also discusses why we might have a lack of data for robotic-assisted thoracic surgery. This video was recorded at the British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) Annual Conference 2018, held in Dublin, Ireland.