What is involved in preoperative evaluation 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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Preoperative evaluation should include a careful assessment of resectability, cardiopulmonary reserve, and perioperative risk. High-resolution computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning are helpful for preoperative planning in early-stage lung cancer. [83]

As a general guideline, most patients with a preoperative forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) of greater than 2.5 L are able to tolerate pneumonectomy. With an FEV1 of 1.1-2.4 L, a lobectomy is possible. Patients with an FEV1 of less than 1 L are not considered candidates for surgery. These factors are further modified by the presence of cardiac disease or other comorbid conditions.

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