Different operations can be used to treat (and possibly cure) non-small cell lung cancer:
- Lobectomy. The lungs are made up of five lobes (three on the right and two on the left). In this surgery, the entire lobe containing the tumor(s) is removed. This is often the preferred operation, if it can be done.
- Pneumonectomy. This surgery removes an entire lung. This might be needed if the tumor is close to the center of the chest.
How long is recovery for lung cancer surgery?
Lung cancer surgery typically takes weeks or months. Your activity might be limited for at least a month or two.