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July 3, 2007

Surgeons Pushing for Less Invasive Lung Cancer Procedures

Topics: lung cancer

Experts in the U.S. are saying that less invasive lung surgery should become the first option for cancer patientsy, and that a procedure called thoracoscopic lobectomy, should be considered the standard of care for patients with early-stage lung cancers and that it would benefit patients by requiring less recovery time and less pain. However, few surgeons offer the procedure because it's difficult and requires a lot of additional training:

Only an estimated 10 percent of all lung cancer operations nationwide are minimally invasive procedures. However, these procedures result in faster recovery time and less pain for patients, Reed said.

Thoracoscopic lobectomy is a minimally invasive lung surgery that uses several small incisions instead of a major chest incision that requires rib-spreading. Only a handful of academic medical centers, including UC, are actively training surgeons to perform the procedure.

"The key to implementing this program into our practice was having a dedicated team of extensively trained thoracic surgeons with expertise in both open and minimally invasive, video-guided techniques," Dr. Sandra Starnes said in a prepared statement. "This isn't a procedure you can perform confidently after just a few cases -- mentorship and expertise are key."

The Cincinnati team has trained two cardiothoracic surgery fellows and more than a dozen community thoracic surgeons to perform minimally invasive lung surgery.

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Posted by Richard at July 3, 2007 11:15 AM


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