First, What is Lung Cancer?

Your lungs are a pair of cone-shaped breathing organs inside the chest. The lungs bring oxygen into the body when breathing in and send carbon dioxide out of the body when breathing out. Each lung has sections called lobes. Two tubes called bronchi lead from the trachea (windpipe) to the lungs.

The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. The types are based on the way the cells look under a microscope. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common than small cell lung cancer.

The TriHealth Cancer Institute offers several treatments for lung cancer, including radiation, chemotherapy and/or surgery to remove all or part of a tumor.

Surgery for lung cancer is known as a lobectomy. Similar to “open heart” surgery, it traditionally involves sternotomy – cutting through the breastbone and opening the ribs. This can cause significant trauma, prolong healing time and increase the risk for serious complications and even mortality.

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