Lung Surgery for Lung Cancer
How Well It Works
Surgery is more effective in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer when the lung cancer can be completely removed and the cancer has not spread to lymph nodes or outside the chest cavity.
Surgery is sometimes used in Reference limited-stage small cell lung cancer, when there is a single tumor and the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes. But small cell lung cancers are not often diagnosed at this early stage.
Studies done in medical centers that do many VATS procedures have shown that this type of surgery works as well as open-chest surgery (thoracotomy) for cancer treatment.Reference 1 People who had VATS also had less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery.
|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