In addition to being the main cause of lung cancer, smoking can complicate lung cancer surgery. Tiny, hair-like cells called cilia line our windpipes, and their main job is to sweep mucus out of the lungs. Smoking paralyzes these cells, and the inability to clear this mucus effectively is why smokers often develop that telltale hacking cough. During lung cancer surgery, these secretions can get caught in your lung and increase your risk for developing pneumonia, a potentially fatal complication.
“Just stopping smoking even for a couple weeks before surgery will increase your safety,” says Dr. Joseph Friedberg, Head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
We all know that smoking poses a major risk for lung cancer. But there are other lifestyle choices which can reduce your risk of developing cancer or having it come back.
There are several types of lung cancer surgery, and the decision about which is best is based largely on the location of your cancer, its size and whether it has started to spread.
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