Video-assisted thoracic surgery for lung cancer

  • Sanghoon JheonEmail author
  • Hee Chul Yang
  • Sukki Cho
Guest Review Article


Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy is currently accepted as an appropriate procedure for selected patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Evidence has demonstrated that VATS lobectomy is not only a safe and feasible technique, it provides better functional recovery and oncological efficacy similar to that achieved with conventional thoracotomy. However, there are still ongoing issues concerning VATS in terms of terminology, oncological efficacy, functional recovery, benefit of screening detected lung cancer, and its role in limited resection. As the number of VATS procedures are increasing and VATS is becoming a dominant procedural choice, it would be wise to collect evidence and come to a consensus to justify the expansion of surgical indications for VATS.

Key words

Video-assisted thoracic surgery Lung cancer Terminology Oncological efficacy Functional outcome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgerySeoul National University Bundang HospitalGyeonggiKorea
  2. 2.Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgerySeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulKorea

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