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ICD-10 3241
ICD-9 32.3
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Lobectomy means surgical excision of a lobe. This may refer to a lobe of the lung,[1] a lobe of the thyroid (hemithyroidectomy), or a lobe of the brain (as in anterior temporal lobectomy).

Lung lobectomy[edit]

A lobectomy of the lung is performed in early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients. It is not performed on patients that have lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Tumor size, type, and location are major factors as to whether a lobectomy is performed. This can be due to cancer or smoking. Lung lobectomies are performed on patients as young as eleven or twelve who have no cancer or smoking history, but have conditions from birth or early childhood that need the operation. Such patients will have reduced lung capacity which tends to limit their range of activities through life. They often need to use inhalers on a daily basis, and are often classified as being asthmatic.


  1. ^ Rocco G, Internullo E, Cassivi SD, Van Raemdonck D, Ferguson MK (2008). "The variability of practice in minimally invasive thoracic surgery for pulmonary resections.". Thorac Surg Clin 18 (3): 235–47. doi:10.1016/j.thorsurg.2008.06.002. PMID 18831498. 

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Baylor College of Medicine News (press release) (blog)

Baylor College of Medicine News (press release) (blog)
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:07:30 -0700

Early stage lung cancer patients may have a less invasive option when it comes to surgery. Baylor College of Medicine Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Bryan Burt says video-assisted lobectomies are becoming a more common technique for treating select patients.

GoodHousekeeping.com (blog)

GoodHousekeeping.com (blog)
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:11:24 -0700

For a frontal lobectomy, EEG wires are put on her brain to localize where the seizures were occurring. Then, doctors cut or use a laser to take out a part — the right frontal lobe in Genny's case — hopefully stopping the fits, explains Roger. "It was ...
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:05:10 -0700

Lobectomy with mediastinal lymph node dissection or sampling currently serves as the standard of care for patients with operable stage I NSCLC, according to study background. Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy previously demonstrated positive outcomes ...

Cancer Therapy Advisor

Cancer Therapy Advisor
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:43:23 -0700

For patients with non-solid lung nodules of any size, annual computed tomography (CT) scans may be all that's needed to monitor their condition, a new study suggests. The report was published in Radiology. Claudia Henschke, M.D., Ph.D., director of ...

MedPage Today

MedPage Today
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:52:30 -0700

All had undergone a lobectomy or pneumonectomy with positive surgical margins. A total of 1,892 patients (55.7%) had microscopically positive (R1) margins, and 129 patients (3.8%) had macroscopically positive (R2) margins. An additional 1,374 patients ...

MedPage Today

MedPage Today
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:52:30 -0700

Treatment for the 84 total cancers consisted of lobectomy in 55 cases, bi-lobectomy in two, sublobar resection in 26, and radiation therapy in one. Median time from identification to treatment was 19 months. None of the treated patients has had a ...

Lung Disease News

Lung Disease News
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:56:07 -0700

Currently, the standard care treatment for patients with operable stage I non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a lobectomy, i.e., a surgical procedure where surgeons remove one of the lobes of the lungs, accompanied by mediastinal lymph node ...


Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:15:00 -0700

“We have demonstrated that positive margins are not that uncommon and occur in roughly 4% of patients receiving lobectomy for stage I or II non-small cell lung cancer [NSCLC],” Brian C. Gulack, MD, of Duke University, said during a presentation at the ...

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