Lung Surgery for Lung Cancer
What To Think About
Lung surgery is most effective for early-stage lung cancers, especially non-small cell lung cancer.
Reference Lung function tests Opens New Window, possibly including a lung scan, are usually done before surgery is considered. You may not be a good candidate for surgery to remove all or part of a lung if you have poor lung function. (For more information, see the topics Reference Lung Function Test and Reference Lung Scan.) Cardiac studies may also be done if you have any risk factors for complications from heart problems.
Lung surgery may be done to confirm a diagnosis of lung cancer. Additional surgery, such as removing the affected lobe (lobectomy) or lymph node biopsies, may be done at the same time for treatment purposes.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: September 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology