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Thorac Surg Clin. 2012 Nov;22(4):487-95. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2012.07.010.

Minimally invasive lung surgery and postoperative quality of life.

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Providence Thoracic Oncology Program, Providence Cancer Center, North Tower, Portland, OR, USA.


Quality of life (QOL) after medical interventions is paramount to the patient considering treatment recommendations. To understand QOL in thoracic surgery patients, one must examine the outcomes patients prioritize (preferences) from successful surgical therapy, overall functional status of thoracic surgery patients, the literature addressing QOL after thoracic surgery (TS) and the possible benefit of minimally invasive TS, and, finally, future directions of TS postoperative QOL research. The primary focus of this article is lung cancer surgery with mention of other thoracic disease such as empyema, pneumothorax, or emphysema, as well.

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