Lung cancer surgery is often recommended for treating both small cell and non-small cell lung cancers. Individuals in the Tampa, Florida, area who have been diagnosed with any type of lung cancer have convenient access to the latest surgical techniques and other treatment options at Moffitt Cancer Center.
The specific surgical approach recommended for a patient is usually determined based on the size and location of a tumor and other individual factors. In most cases, the goal of lung cancer surgery is to remove a tumor along with some nearby lymph nodes and a slim margin of surrounding healthy tissue that can be sent to a lab for further testing. Chest surgery may also be followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy to target and destroy any remaining cancer cells.
In Tampa, FL, Moffitt offers several types of lung cancer surgery, including:
- Sleeve resection – Removal of a portion of a lung’s airway followed by reattachment of the lung
- Segmentectomy (wedge resection) – Removal of part of a lobe
- Lobectomy – Removal of an entire lobe
- Pneumonectomy – Removal of an entire lung
At Moffitt our surgeons have extensive experience and regular opportunities to perform complex procedures to treat very rare and advanced cancers. We also specialize in advanced lung cancer surgery techniques, including minimally invasive and robot-assisted procedures, as well as procedures that are designed to help alleviate fluid buildup in the lungs and other symptoms of lung cancer. And, through ongoing research studies, Moffitt is consistently improving lung surgery outcomes and quality of life for all patients. As we continue to learn more about the treatment of lung cancer, we are finding that surgical removal is now possible for more and more tumors that were once considered to be inoperable, which provides a renewed sense of hope for many patients.
Referrals are not necessary to consult with the experts at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. To learn more about lung cancer surgery and other treatment options, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.