What is the role of surgery in the treatment of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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Answer

Surgery is the treatment of choice for stage I and stage II NSCLC. Several different types of surgery can be used, as follows:

  • Lobectomy – removing a section of the lung
  • Pneumonectomy – removing the entire lung
  • Wedge resection – removing part of a lobe

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