Stage 2 lung cancer means that your cancer is in your lung and has spread to at least one lymph node. Surgery to remove a lobe of the lung (a lobectomy) and the affected lymph node(s) is the first-line treatment for stage 2 lung cancer. In some cases chemotherapy may be recommended to shrink the tumor before surgery. However, there is a 50% chance that the cancer will come back.
Adding chemotherapy after surgery can lower the chances that your lung cancer will return by destroying any cancer cells that might have been left behind after surgery.
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.
Surgical Options for Lung Cancer
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
What Questions Should I Ask When Choosing a Surgeon?
What is VATS Surgery for Lung Cancer?
Preparing for Lung Cancer Surgery
Quitting Smoking Can Help the Success of Your Lung Cancer Surgery
There Is No "Best Type" of Radiation for Lung Cancer: Understanding Your Choices
Adjuvant Therapy for Stage Two Lung Cancer
The Side Effects of Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer
Managing Pain After Lung Cancer Surgery
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