Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the United States and more importantly, is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer. In 2012, it is estimated that greater than 225,000 people will be newly diagnosed with lung cancer and 160,000 people will die from it.
Surgical resection of lung cancer often affords patients afflicted with this disease the best chance of long-term survival. Traditionally, lung resections for cancer involved a large incision on the side of the chest where the cancer is present. Over the past 10 years, minimally-invasive or VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery) resections for lung cancer has gained broad acceptance.
Frequent benefits for patients who undergo VATS surgery for lung cancer include:
- Less pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less complications, such as infection and bleeding
- Quicker recovery
Thoracic Surgeons at White Plains Hospital have been at the forefront of physicians employing this approach for their lung cancer patients. They have been recognized for their skill with minimally-invasive operations as they have written textbook chapters and journal articles, spoken at national meetings, and taught other surgeons about their techniques.
White Plains Hospital Thoracic Surgeons have been asked to educate other thoracic surgeons about their techniques in VATS resections for lung cancer at the following prestigious meetings:
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons annual meeting
- Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Summit
- New York General Thoracic Surgical Club
- Industry-sponsored live OR sessions
Not only are our Thoracic Surgeons known for their technical prowess, but they are also heavy relied upon for their judgment in assessing patients with known lung cancer and understanding what operation is the best one for each patient. The options include: wedge resection, segmentectomy, lobectomy, and pneumonectomy. They utilize their decades of surgical experience when analyzing the patient’s lung function, other medical problems, size and location of the lung tumor in order to determine the most appropriate surgical procedure. Our surgeons’ goal is to provide cancer-free survival while ensuring that patients retain as much of their physical well-being as they had before surgery. Minimally-invasive lung cancer surgery allows patients to achieve this goal. White Plains Hospital is not a training hospital and as such, patients are not exposed to trainees who are just learning this challenging craft. For lung cancer resections, two board-certified surgeons are present for the entire operation. Patients greatly benefit from the combined experience of these seasoned surgeons.