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What happens during lung cancer surgery?

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Most lung cancer surgeries involve a procedure called a thoracotomy. The doctor cuts into your chest and spreads your rib cage open to get to the tumor. This is a major operation, and it takes weeks or months to recover.

Based on the size and location of your tumor, the surgeon may be able to do something called minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). If this works for you, you’ll have less pain and you’ll get better faster.

SOURCES:

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

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

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

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

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

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

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

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

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

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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