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A 55-year-old female asked:

I have contrasting advice from different surgeons on a nodule in the lung. one surgeon suggested to wait for a month, while another asked me to go for a vats straightaway. a third surgeon said that its a carcinoid that requires surgery but that its not a

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Need more info: Sometimes it's ok to observe a lung nodule which might be an infection or a benign condition that doesn't require surgery. But if this is definitely a carcinoid it could spread, which is why surgery was recommended. Vats is lung surgery through smaller incisions with video instruments, and is better tolerated. But all lung surgery is major, and needs expert surgeons and anesthesiologists.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
If Carcinoid then Rx: Carcinoid tumors of the lung are a form of non small cell lung cancer, and are at risk of spreading. If the lesion in the lung is worrisome, then if clinical stage appropriate surgery may be curative.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Surgery: Lung surgery is major surgery. That said, carcinoid tumor is a form of non-small cell lung cancer. Standard cancer care is a multi-disciplinary evaluation, if the patient can tolerate the surgery, and if the carcinoid is early enough stage, then surgical removal "resection" is best approach.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is well tolerated by patients even if they are very old and have severe lung disease. If the tumor is surgically resectable, then surgery is almost always the best option and the only chance for cure.
Sep 3, 2013

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