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Side effects of lung cancer surgery 

Side effects after lung cancer surgery will depend on the surgical procedure used, how much of the lung is removed and the overall health of the patient. Be sure to talk with your treatment team about any side effects you experience so they can be managed. 


Learn what to expect after lung cancer surgery

Patient's guide to lung surgery (University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine)

Lung surgery - discharge (Medline Plus)

After surgery for lung cancer (thorocotomy)  (Cancer Research UK)


The degree of pain after lung cancer surgery again varies. Newer minimally invasive techniques typically result in less pain than traditional lung cancer surgery (thoracotomy) but not every person is a candidate for a minimally invasive approach. Discuss post-surgical pain with the treatment team so it can be managed.   

Patient's guide to lung surgery: Pain management and medication after lung surgery (University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine)

Breathing (respiratory) problems

Breathing may be affected by lung cancer surgery but there are ways to cope with breathlessness, including exercises and pulmonary rehabilitation. Ask your treatment team for help managing any breathing problems you may experience.

Living with dyspnea - how to breathe easier (National Institutes of Health Clinical Center)

Struggling to breathe: Tips for managing dypsnea (Yale Medical Group)

Voice/vocal chord issues

In some situations, the voice and vocal chords can be affected by lung cancer surgery.

Vocal cord (fold) paralysis (National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders)

What is vocal cord paresis (paralysis)? (Medical News Today)


See also:
Palliative care