Surgery for Lung Cancer Patients
Ben M. Hunt, MD, MSc and Brian E. Louie, MD, MHA, MPH, FRCSC, FACS
Surgery is one of the main options for treating patients who are diagnosed with lung cancer. Sometimes
surgery is the only treatment necessary, and sometimes surgery is combined with chemotherapy and/or
radiation therapy. It is not always easy to determine which treatment or combination of treatments may be
necessary. Therefore, meeting with a surgeon who is specially trained in lung surgery is an important step
in the management of lung cancer.
Many patients are nervous about surgery. We hope that this chapter will prepare the patient and his or her
support team for meeting with a surgeon and for surgery.
This chapter has been divided into 7 sections to
address the following questions:
1. When is surgery used to treat lung cancer?
2. What types of surgery are used to treat lung cancer?
3. How do I prepare for surgery?
4. What can I expect the day of surgery?
5. What can I expect during the hospital stay?
6. What is the recovery from lung surgery like?
7. Am I cured?
When Surgery is used to Treat Lung Cancer
The first important decision about surgery is choosing when to operate and when not to operate, because
not everyone with lung cancer will benefit from surgery. There are two categories of lung cancer: small cell
lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (Figure 1). Surgery is not usually used to treat people with small
cell lung cancer, and most of this chapter will discuss non-small cell lung cancer.
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