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What is lung resection surgery?

Surgery is primarily used to remove cancerous tumors from the lung. This therapy, called surgical resection, is typically used when the cancer has not spread to other tissues in the chest or elsewhere in the body. It may be the first type of treatment you receive or it may follow chemotherapy and/or radiation, which are sometimes used first to shrink the tumor(s).

During the procedure, a surgeon usually removes nearby lymph nodes to check them for cancer. A widespread misconception is that lung surgery exposes tumors to the air, which makes them spread. This is absolutely false. If the cancer does spread, the growth occurred microscopically before the cancer was diagnosed and before surgery was ever performed.
Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Lung resection refers to the removal of a portion of the lung (lobectomy) or the whole lung (pneumonectomy) in patients with lung cancer, emphysema or other lung disorders. The procedure involves either an incision in the chest (open surgery), or a minimal access approach to remove the diseased area of the lung

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