• If the tumors are located on the outside of the lung, why can't surgery be preformed to remove the lung?

    Asked by Sandy1960 on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    If the tumors are located on the outside of the lung, why can't surgery be preformed to remove the lung?

    I have stage IV non small cell lung cancer. Have gone through one chemo treatment and have another on 7-5-12. If the tumors are located on the outside of the lung, why can't surgery be preformed to remove the lung?

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    • RuthAnne's Avatar
      RuthAnne

      Hi Sandy,

      Welcome to the site - at the same time, I'm sorry you're in the club. Stage IV lung cancer will definitely shake up your world. Nonetheless, I hope you find us helpful.

      Depending on the location of the tumor, they may be able to actually do a surgery, but because your cancer is stage IV, it basically is in your blood (systemic) and able to crop up any place in your body. Removing a lung wouldn't stop the cancer or make a difference in your treatment and in fact, could weaken your stamina and resources.

      What may be possible at some time is a VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery) that removes individual tumors. I had one to get a biopsy sample, but I think that it is also done for tumors that are causing breathing difficulty - although they can use radiation for that as well.

      I hope that you have an oncology team that you trust. It can make a big difference.

      Be strong.

      over 4 years ago

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