North Shore patients who need lung cancer surgery receive exceptional and compassionate care at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC). As the region’s largest healthcare provider, we offer access to world-class surgeons who perform a full range of lung cancer surgery. As the need arises, we can refer patients to talented sub-specialists in the Partners HealthCare network, including specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Specific treatment for lung cancer is determined by a patient’s age, health and medical history, as well as the type of lung cancer and the extent of the disease. Lung cancer surgery options may include:
Some patients may be eligible for video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive lung cancer surgery that can be performed without opening up the chest. In this lung cancer surgery, surgeons make several small incisions (instead of a single long incision) and insert small surgical instruments and a long thin tube with an attached camera into the chest. Patients undergoing a VATS lung cancer surgery tend to recover more quickly and with less pain than other types of lung surgery. VATS may also be used to biopsy lung tissues or confirm a lung cancer diagnosis.
In addition to lung cancer surgery, patients at NSMC may receive radiation therapy, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy and targeted therapy as part of their treatment regimen.