During surgery, all or part of your lung is removed.
Depending on where your cancer is or how advanced it is, you and your medical team will have different options.
: An entire lobe is removed. If possible, this is the preferred surgery for NSCLC.
: A portion of a lung lobe -- a part of your lung that moves oxygen to your blood -- is removed. You may get this if your cancer is in an early stage, or if your tumor is on the side of your lung.
: A triangle-shaped slice of tissue is taken out. It could be done to get rid of a tumor and some healthy tissue around it.
: An entire lung is removed. This could be done if your cancer is near the center of your chest.
: This gets its name because it’s like cutting out a stained part of a shirt sleeve, then reattaching the cuff. If your cancer is in a large airway, you may have this instead of a pneumonectomy.
After your surgery, the tissue that was taken out gets checked for cancer cells around the edges. If some are found, you may have another procedure.