Treatment plans for early-stage lung cancer often include surgical removal of the tumor. Working with your treatment team, our surgical oncologists determine what surgery is necessary and the safest approach.
Our lung cancer surgeons have performed an increasing number of lung cancer surgeries every year since 2005, serving as the major provider of surgical lung cancer care in Lancaster County.
At Lancaster General Health, lung cancer surgery is performed by lung cancer surgical specialists who work closely with pulmonary medicine, medical oncology, and radiation oncology to provide each patient with a multidisciplinary, evidence-based diagnostic and treatment plan.
Weekly Case Review
Our lung cancer surgeons review complex lung cancer cases at the Cancer Institute’s weekly multidisciplinary chest “tumor board” conference, and collaborate closely with our colleagues at the Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center to ensure that each patient has the best possible options and is aware of the latest advances in lung cancer research.
Advanced Surgical Techniques
Our surgeons utilize the most advanced minimally-invasive techniques for surgical removal of lung cancer, including VATS and robotic-assisted approaches. These techniques allow for faster healing, lower need for pain medication, better outcomes, and smaller surgical incisions. Depending on your specific cancer, your surgeon may recommend:
- Segmental or wedge resection—removal of a small part of the lung
- Sleeve resection—removal of a piece of bronchus, or air passage, and reattachment of the lung to the remaining air passage
- Lobectomy—removal of a lobe of the lung
- Pneumonectomy—removal of an entire lung
Lancaster General Health’s thoracic surgeons participate in the most well-established, quality surgical database in the U.S. through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. We continually provide our outcome and complication statistics for comparison with other programs nationwide, showing that our program consistently rates better than national averages when it comes to outcomes and avoiding complications.
A Collaborative Approach
Our surgeons collaborate with other specialists for alternatives to lung surgery, when appropriate. We work closely with radiation oncologists in our comprehensive CyberKnife® program to formulate treatment plans for lung cancer patients who are not candidates for surgical resection. In addition, we collaborate with medical oncologists for systemic treatments, and pulmonologists for interventional pulmonary therapies.