Why the Procedure Is Performed
VATS lobectomy is indicated for the treatment of:
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Metastasectomy for tumors that cannot be removed by lesser (sublobar) resections
- Carcinoid tumors that cannot be removed by lesser (sublobar) resections
Before surgery, our team will perform tests that may include a chest CT scan, a PET-CT and pulmonary function studies.
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