Advertisement

What are the advantages of a thoracoscopic lobectomy for lung cancer?

People with early stage lung cancer live longer when they receive a lobectomy—the most common type of operation for the disease—rather than a less extensive operation or radiation treatment. The more aggressively early lung cancer is treated, the better the outcome.

The higher operative risks of surgery are more than offset by improved survival in the months and years after treatment, particularly for lobectomy.

Lung cancer—even when caught at a very early stage—is a serious diagnosis and deserves aggressive treatment.

In some cases, if a nodule in the lung is cancerous, the surgeon can proceed to remove the entire lobe where the cancer has arisen using a video-assisted technology known as VATS, or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. A thoracoscopic lobectomy offers a significant advantage to the patient because it reduces both the recovery period and the amount of postoperative pain, lowering the need for pain medications. Patients who undergo this procedure return to normal activities much faster than those who undergo a more extensive lobectomy performed through a thoracotomy incision.

Continue Learning about Lung Cancer Treatment

A Virtual Look at Lung Cancer Treatments
A Virtual Look at Lung Cancer Treatments
In this virtual reality-enabled video, take a look inside the lungs of someone with stage III non-small cell lung cancer and see how chemotherapy, rad...
Read More
What is the treatment for a nodule detected during lung cancer screening?
Rose Medical CenterRose Medical Center
Surveillance is the most common treatment for a nodule detected during lung cancer screening, depend...
More Answers
Why is there no blood test for lung cancer tumor markers?
Thomas A. Hensing, MDThomas A. Hensing, MD
There is no routine blood test to check for lung cancer. The problem is that if a given tumor se...
More Answers
How Has Lung Cancer Surgery Changed Through the Years?
How Has Lung Cancer Surgery Changed Through the Years?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.