Sublober Resection for Surgical Treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)Lung cancer is among common forms of cancers and is responsible for most deaths from cancers all over the world. One standard care for lung cancer is labectomy for surgical treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. Some recent studies have suggested that sublobar Resection has non-inferior survival rates as compared to labectomy. Sublobar Resection is a procedure where the surgeon removes tumor as well as a small amount of healthy tissue around the tumor. This helps in preventing the tumor from returning. Though side effects after procedure include weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue but are less as compared to other treatment options.

When lung cancer is detected, surgery is often the best treatment but some patients can’t tolerate labectomy. In cases where sublobar Resection is recommended, the medical team will take place at hospital. It involves video-assisted Thoracic surgery (VATS). During VATS, a small incision in chest wall is made and then threads a camera into the incision. They use narrow instruments to perform the surgery. VATS offer faster recovery time with lower risk of bleeding. Some of the advantages of sublobar Resection include prevention of lung parenchyma, less chance of lung cancer reoccurring.

The common approaches for sublobar Resection are wedge Resection, and segmentectomy. While wedge Resection is removal of lung tumor with surrounding margin of normal tissue, segmentectomy is an anatomical Resection that usually includes one or more pulomomary parenchymal segments. Studies have found that wedge Resections offer excellent results and it can be performed with minimal risks. More research work and studies involving large number of patients required to done in this manner to come at some conculsive results.

The information shared in this blog is for educational purposes only. You should always ask your healthcare provider about your health issues and related treatment options.

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