Surgery for Lung Cancer

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Program provides the latest advances in surgery for lung cancer from surgeons who focus exclusively on thoracic malignancies. We are able to offer certain patients minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open chest surgeries thanks to the da Vinci® surgical system, which is facilitated by 3D high vision technology. Patients who are not candidates for minimally invasive procedures can undergo chest wall reconstruction procedures in the same location where they receive treatment.

Lung cancer surgery is not appropriate for all patients, but it may be recommended in certain cases. One of several surgical approaches may be taken, but some of the most common surgeries include:

  • Wedge resection (segmentectomy) – a portion of the affected lung lobe is removed
  • Sleeve resection – the cancerous portion of the bronchus is removed and then surgically reattached to the lung
  • Lobectomy – a cancerous lung lobe is removed
  • Pneumonectomy – the entire lung is removed

Surgeons are just one component of Moffitt’s multispecialty treatment team who collaborate and meet regularly to develop and refine individualized treatment plans for each of our patients. Our lung cancer team also includes radiation oncologists, pulmonary specialists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and other experts. As a high-volume cancer center, Moffitt oncologists possess a unique level of experience treating complex lung cancer cases. When it comes to achieving a higher quality of life and the best possible outcome, this type of specialized expertise makes all the difference.

To learn more about surgery for lung cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete a new patient registration form. A referral is not necessary to schedule a consultation at Moffitt.