Lung Cancer Surgery

Lung cancer surgery may be recommended for treating both small cell and non-small cell lung cancers, although it is usually most appropriate for tumors that have not spread outside of their original locations. In many cases, a tumor is removed along with some nearby lymph nodes and healthy tissues, although each patient’s surgical plan will depend on the size and location of the tumor, as well as other individualized factors. And, although the ultimate goal of surgery is to remove as much of the tumor as possible, some cancerous cells may still remain in the body after an operation. Therefore, lung cancer surgery may be followed by additional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a number of different types of lung cancer surgery. The most common options include:

  • A sleeve resection, in which a portion of the lung’s airway is removed and the lung is surgically reattached
  • A segmentectomy or wedge resection, in which part of a lobe is removed
  • A lobectomy, in which an entire lobe of the lung is removed
  • A pneumonectomy, in which the entire lung is removed
  • Surgical resection of mediastinal masses
  • Complex lung/chest wall and vertebral resections and reconstruction for superior sulcus (Pancoast) tumors
  • Resection of chest wall and sternal masses and chest wall/sternal reconstruction
  • Resection of pulmonary metastases
  • VATS talc pleuradesis
  • Thoracotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or Robotic-Assisted Lung Surgery
  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy
  • Pleurectomy and pleurectomy/decortication
  • Surgical management of pleural and pericardial effusions (i.e., pleurodesis) 
  • PleurX catheter placement for pleural effusions
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Endobronchial Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB)

The surgeons at Moffitt also specialize in advanced surgical innovations, such as minimally invasive procedures and robotic-assisted operations. Through the development and incorporation of these leading-edge options, lung cancers that were once considered inoperable may now be eligible for surgical removal. Moffitt has also been ranked High Performing in lung cancer surgery, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer listing. 

At Moffitt Cancer Center, every patient receives a highly individualized treatment plan and benefits from a number of expert opinions in one place. Every surgery for lung cancer is performed by a team of expert lung cancer surgeons, and a patient’s recovery can be enhanced through our wide variety of supportive care options. Additionally, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and clinical trials are all provided in a single, convenient location, so patients can access all of the latest treatment options without having to coordinate appointments at numerous clinics.

Referrals are not required to consult with the experts at Moffitt about lung cancer surgery. To learn more about your options, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.

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