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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.

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