Surgery for lung cancer is performed after extensive diagnostic and staging investigations. These may include chest Xray, Bronchoscopy and biopsy, CT scanning (plus biopsy) and PET scanning. In some cases an Endoscopic Bronchoscopy (EBUS) or mediastinoscopy (a small surgical lymph node biopsy) may also be needed.
If after these tests there is no evidence of spread, then surgery offers the best outcome. usually only 1 lobe needs to be removed (Lobectomy) although in more advanced cases the whole lung (pneumonectomy) is resected.
More than 80% of my patients receive minimally invasive (VATS) surgery resulting in shorter hospitalisation and enhanced recovery. Patients can go home as soon as 24 hours after surgery although more commonly a stay of 2-4 days is required (this compares to up to 10 days with open surgery.)
I work closely with Respiratory Physicians, Radiologists, Pathologists and Oncologists to provide a comprehensive service for lung cancer patients.