Lung Cancer Surgery

  • Sidhu P. Gangadharan
  • Walter J. Lech
  • David J. Sugarbaker
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. Current estimates project over 222,000 new cases of lung cancer in the US alone in 2010, amounting to over 157,000 deaths. Despite a modest improvement in 5-year survival over the past three decades, deaths from lung cancer continue to exceed cancer deaths from all other sites. This chapter updates the role of surgical resection in the management of lung cancer. Among the topics reviewed are the diagnostic work-up and preoperative assessment of suitability for resection, open and video-assisted thoracoscopic operative strategies, and recent changes in both the lung cancer staging and histological classification systems. Indications for radiation therapy in selected patients with T3 tumors are also discussed. 


Wedge Resection Pulmonary Resection Parietal Pleura Lung Cancer Surgery Sublobar Resection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidhu P. Gangadharan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Walter J. Lech
    • 3
    • 4
  • David J. Sugarbaker
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.Division of Thoracic Surgery Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Assistant Professor of SurgeryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Thoracic SurgeryBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  4. 4.Instructor in SurgeryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  5. 5.The Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgical OncologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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