The aim of surgery is to remove the part of the lung containing cancer.
Surgery is most commonly used for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, if the tumour is found in one lung or if the lymph nodes involved are close to the lung.
Lung cancer surgery can involve removing a portion of the lung or the entire lung:
- Wedge Resection: removes the lung cancer and a small portion of healthy tissue
- Segmental Resection: removes a larger area of the lung is
- Lobectomy: removes one of the lung's five lobes
- Pneumonectomy: removing an entire lung