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At Stanford, the treatment of lung cancer is comprehensive and involves a collaborative effort between oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists at the Stanford Cancer Center. Patients with more straightforward, early stage tumors may be treated by thoracic surgeons alone (with cure rates of approximately 80%), but patients with more advanced tumors will be evaluated and often treated by our multispecialty team at the Stanford Thoracic Oncology Tumor Board.
We consider excellence in surgery for lung cancer to be at the core of the mission of the thoracic surgery service at Stanford. You will be treated at Stanford by thoracic surgeons who are super-specialized in the management of lung cancer and have trained to treat this disease at some of the top thoracic surgery units in the country. We work together with oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists at the Stanford Cancer Center to provide a comprehensive approach to therapy.
Our doctors are surgical lung cancer specialists who are specially trained to perform all of the different types of lung cancer resections that might be required—with the lowest risk and greatest chance of cure. Several studies have now demonstrated that risks are lower and cure rates higher when lung cancer procedures are performed by surgeons, such as those at Stanford, who are specialized in these techniques. We count among our surgeons some of the most experienced lung cancer surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area and the country.
Diagram of lung tumor. The lung tumor is shown in yellow.
Diagram of the lymph nodes
Removal of the right upper lobe of the lungs.
A VATS lobectomy is performed through 3-4 small incisions without spreading the ribs.