NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

41 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Lung Cancer – Non-Small Cell, 2018 5 Overview of cancer treatments Surgery In Part 5, the main treatment types for lung cancer are briefly described. Knowing what a treatment is will help you understand your treatment options listed in Parts 6 and 7. Not every person will receive every treatment described in this chapter. Surgery Removal of the tumor by surgery is the time-honored way to try to cure lung cancer. It is preferred over other local treatments. It is commonly used to treat stages I, II, and some III cancers. It is rarely used for stage IV. If you will have surgery, a board-certified thoracic surgeon who treats lung cancer often should be on your treatment team. Lung tumor surgery As shown in Figure 14 , how much lung tissue is removed during surgery can differ. Some surgeries for lung cancer remove only part of, rather than the whole lung. Common lung surgeries are: † † Wedge resection – A small part of a lobe is removed, † † Segmentectomy – A large part of a lobe is removed, † † Lobectomy – An entire lobe is removed, † † Sleeve lobectomy – An entire lobe and part of the bronchus is removed, and † † Pneumonectomy – The entire lung is removed. Figure 14 Lung surgery How much lung tissue will be removed during surgery partly depends on the size of the tumor. Part of a lobe, a whole lobe, or an entire lung may be removed. Illustration Copyright © 2017 Nucleus Medical Media, All rights reserved.