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How is surgery used to treat Stage 0 Lung Cancer?

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If your health is good overall, surgery is probably all you need at this stage. Depending on where the tumor is, your surgeon will suggest one of these procedures:

  • Wedge resection: Cut out the tumor and a small amount of normal lung tissue
  • Segmental resection (segmentectomy): Take out the part of the lung where the tumor is located.
  • Sleeve resection: Remove a lobe of the lung and a part of the airway.
  • Lobectomy: Cut out an entire lobe of the lung. (The right lung is divided into three lobes; the left lung has two lobes.) Most surgeons prefer this option since it offers the best chance for cure.
  • Pneumonectomy: Take out the entire lung. This might sound extreme, but you can live a normal life with only one lung.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is non-small cell lung cancer staged?”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: “Lung/Thoracic Surgery.”

American Cancer Society: “Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Penn Medicine: “Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

McElnay, P. , May 6, 2014. Journal of Thoracic Disease

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; Stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

American Cancer Society: “Targeted Therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)," "NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Bronchial Stents.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is non-small cell lung cancer staged?”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: “Lung/Thoracic Surgery.”

American Cancer Society: “Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Penn Medicine: “Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

McElnay, P. , May 6, 2014. Journal of Thoracic Disease

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; Stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

American Cancer Society: “Targeted Therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)," "NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Bronchial Stents.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 19, 2018

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