What is the standard surgical approach for 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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The standard surgical approach remains a lobectomy, which helps preserve pulmonary function while allowing a good resection. Hilar and other proximal tumors may require more extensive surgery, including a pneumonectomy, which carries significant operative mortality and long-term morbidity. In such patients, alternative approaches such as sleeve resection may be of value. [84]

Retrospective data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database show that lobectomy and segmentectomy result in similar survival among patients with small lung cancers (< 1 cm). [85] This needs to be validated in a randomized phase III study.

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