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How is surgery used to treat lung cancer?

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Surgery is an option when the cancer hasn’t spread too far in your body. It’s usually the best way to treat non-small-cell lung cancer.

Your doctor can remove the part of the lung that has the tumor and the tissue around it -- or you may need to have your entire lung removed. You might also need radiation or chemotherapy after surgery.

After the operation, you might need to stay in the hospital for about a week to heal before you go home to recover. However, minimally invasive procedures are being used more and more often. If you opt for one of those, you may get a tiny incision in the chest. Your surgeon will use a thoracoscope, a flexible tube that is used to examine the chest and get rid of tissue. If you have small-cell lung cancer, it might not be possible to remove it in an operation.

From: Lung Cancer Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 19, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 02/19/2019

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American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute.

National Institutes of Health.

American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute.

National Institutes of Health.

American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 19, 2019

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