11 doctors weighed in:
What are the surgical options for non-small cell lung cancer?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree
In brief: Robot or VATS
Optimal lung cancer surgery, in appropriate candidates, is anatomic lobectomy (part of lung) or pneumonectomy (whole lung).
Complete lymph node sample or dissection is integral part of case. Traditional centers use thoracotomy as primary approach. Modern minimally invasive approaches include vats and robotic techniques. Optimal lung cancer treatment is by comprehensive multidisciplinary approach.

In brief: Robot or VATS
Optimal lung cancer surgery, in appropriate candidates, is anatomic lobectomy (part of lung) or pneumonectomy (whole lung).
Complete lymph node sample or dissection is integral part of case. Traditional centers use thoracotomy as primary approach. Modern minimally invasive approaches include vats and robotic techniques. Optimal lung cancer treatment is by comprehensive multidisciplinary approach.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thank
Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree
In brief: Surgery for NSCLC
Curative surgery for lung cancer is based currently on lobectomy, or removing the entire lobe (1/5 of the lung), and rarely pneumonectomy, or removing an entire lung on one side.
Lobectomy is traditionally done via a thoracotomy (-cotomy meaning cut, or cut the thorax or chest). Now there are minimally invasive approaches. This is called video assisted thoracic surgery or vats lobectomy.

In brief: Surgery for NSCLC
Curative surgery for lung cancer is based currently on lobectomy, or removing the entire lobe (1/5 of the lung), and rarely pneumonectomy, or removing an entire lung on one side.
Lobectomy is traditionally done via a thoracotomy (-cotomy meaning cut, or cut the thorax or chest). Now there are minimally invasive approaches. This is called video assisted thoracic surgery or vats lobectomy.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
Thank
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: The first question
Should be is there any role for surgery.
The techniques are "open" or thoracoscopic directed, originally just video, now robotic as well. The surgeon should know status of n-2 nodes and whether a lobectomy or entire lung is to be removed, and usually nodes are dissected or sampled regardless ot pre-op "knowledge". Segments and wedge done for poor pft.

In brief: The first question
Should be is there any role for surgery.
The techniques are "open" or thoracoscopic directed, originally just video, now robotic as well. The surgeon should know status of n-2 nodes and whether a lobectomy or entire lung is to be removed, and usually nodes are dissected or sampled regardless ot pre-op "knowledge". Segments and wedge done for poor pft.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, Surgery
13 years in practice
467K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors