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Lung Tumor Surgery

Lung Tumor Surgery



What Is Lung Tumor Surgery?

A lung tumor is the result of abnormal rates of cell division or cell death in lung tissue, or in the airways that lead to the lungs.

A tumor, or abnormal buildup of tissue, may form when cells divide too quickly or do not die off as they normally should.

If the growth is 3 centimeters or less in diameter, it is commonly called a nodule.

When a nodule forms in the lungs, it is called a pulmonary nodule. Any growth bigger than 3 centimeters in diameter is called a mass.




Benign Lung Tumors are not cancerous, so will not spread to other parts of the body.

They grow slowly, or might even stop growing or shrink and are usually not life-threatening nor do they need to be removed. They can expand and push against nearby tissues but will not invade, destroy, or replace other tissues



There are a number of different kinds of benign lung tumors;


Papillomas are not very common and are divided into three types;

  • Squamous
  • Glandular
  • Mixed Squamous and Glandular – this trpe of tumour can change and become cancerous.

In almost all cases, benign lung tumors require no treatment. It is wise, however, to have a doctor monitor the tumor over at least a two-year period in order to note any changes that might indicate the presence of cancer.

A biopsy or surgical removal of a tumor may be needed when:

  • The patient is a smoker.
  • The patient has difficulty breathing, or other troubling symptoms.
  • Tests show that cancer could be present.
  • The nodule continues to grow.