Why is lung resection surgery performed?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
A lung resection is a surgical procedure to remove a damaged or diseased portion of a lung, or a whole lung. Common reasons for undergoing a lung resection include cancer of the lung, metastatic cancer from other areas, emphysema, and some forms of tuberculosis. Lung resection surgery offers the best opportunity for curing lung cancer when the disease is caught in its early stages.

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