Lung Cancer Surgery

Lung Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Ireland. About 2,000 Irish people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year.

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