Chemotherapy, Treatment, Radiation, Surgery and Robotics:

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In some instances, chemotherapy is ordered prior to your surgery. Importantly, TriHealth Cancer Institute provides a true multidisciplinary treatment clinic. This means that all specialties are in the same room as we mutually recommend care decisions for you. This includes surgery, nutrition, genetics, chemotherapy and radiation.

Not all patients receive chemotherapy; you and your physician will determine the best treatment for you.


Many patients receive radiation within about four to six weeks after surgery. There are two types of radiation; intraoperative that occurs during surgery and standard radiation that occurs for about six days per week at one of our convenient locations (Kenwood, Good Samaritan Hospital or our Medi-Center on Bethesda North Hospital Campus).


Surgery depends upon your individual situation. This is a decision made in collaboration with the tumor board and your health care team.

Lung Cancer Robotic-Assisted Lobectomy is Less Invasive

Robotic-assisted lobectomy is an alternative to traditional open surgery. When performed robotically with the da Vinci Surgical System, lobectomy is done with unparalleled precision and control through a few small incisions along the side of the chest.

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Lobectomy for Lung Cancer

In addition to avoiding the pain and trauma of sternotomy and rib spreading, this may provide patient benefits such as:

  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Significantly less pain and scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While robotic-assisted lobectomy is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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