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How does video-assisted thoracic surgery help with lung cancer detection?

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Doctors can treat some small lung tumors using video-assisted thoracic surgery. Your surgeon removes parts of your lung through smaller incisions. This makes the procedure less painful. It also can make your recovery faster.

A newer approach to video-assisted thoracic surgery is known as “robotic-assisted surgery.” Your surgeon sits at a control panel inside the operating room to maneuver long surgical instruments using robotic arms.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Key statistics for lung cancer,” “Can non-small cell lung cancer be found early?” “What’s new in non-small cell lung cancer research?” “Targeted therapy drugs for non-small cell lung cancer.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Lung Cancer Screening.” Cancer Research Institute: “Lung Cancer.” Lung Cancer Alliance: “New Directions in Lung Cancer.”



Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Key statistics for lung cancer,” “Can non-small cell lung cancer be found early?” “What’s new in non-small cell lung cancer research?” “Targeted therapy drugs for non-small cell lung cancer.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Lung Cancer Screening.” Cancer Research Institute: “Lung Cancer.” Lung Cancer Alliance: “New Directions in Lung Cancer.”



Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 20, 2018

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