How Long After Diagnosis Should I Receive Lung Cancer Surgery?

If your oncologist has recommended lung cancer surgery as part of your treatment plan, you may be wondering when you’ll need to have your procedure. In some instances, it’s best to have surgery right away. In other cases, an oncologist may recommend chemotherapy or radiation therapy before an operation (shrinking a tumor with other treatments may make it easier to remove). Before you get started with any type of treatment, you should ask if surgery is part of a comprehensive plan, and if so, when it’s likely to be the most effective.

What will my oncologist consider when recommending the best time for me to have surgery?

The right time for your specific needs will depend on factors such as:

  • The type and stage of your cancer
  • The specific procedure that your oncologist has recommended
  • The other types of treatment that you are planning to have

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we take an individualized approach to lung cancer surgery, providing each patient with a uniquely tailored treatment plan. And, we understand that when it comes to lung cancer treatment, every day counts. With a goal of helping each patient achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life, we use evidence-based best practices to determine which therapies to recommend and at what point in the treatment process to provide them.

For more information about lung cancer surgery and when to consider an operation, call 1-888-663-3888 or submit a new patient registration form online to request an appointment at Moffitt. You don’t need a referral to schedule a visit.