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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2019 Sep;31(3):303-313. doi: 10.1016/j.cnc.2019.05.002. Epub 2019 Jul 5.

Surgical Treatment of Lung Cancer.

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University of Alabama in Huntsville, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt Medical Center. Electronic address:
University of Alabama in Huntsville, 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, Al 35899, USA.


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death and the second most diagnosed cancer in the United States. Surgical intervention is most applicable to early-stage lung cancer diagnoses and considered the best curative option. Multiple surgical techniques are now available, including wedge resection, segmentectomy, lobectomy, and pneumonectomy. Robotics and video-assistance are commonly used in wedge resection and sometimes used for segmentectomy. Regardless of the technique, focused clinical management of the patient following lung cancer surgery by nurses and nurse practitioners remains a priority. Future innovations affecting the surgical treatment of lung cancer include immunotherapy and oncogenomics.


Lobectomy; Low-dose computed tomography; Minimally invasive surgical technique; Non-small cell cancer; Small cell lung cancer; Wedge resection


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