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Carcinoid Lung Tumor (cont.)

Surgery

The only effective treatment of carcinoid lung tumor is surgical resection of the primary tumor. Most tumors follow a benign course and are amenable to surgery.

Surgical options range from radical resection (the tumor with a good margin of normal tissue is removed) to minimally invasive surgery.

Different surgical options include the following:

  • Sleeve resection: Section of the airway containing the tumor is removed.
  • Segmental resection: Segment of the lung containing the tumor is removed.
  • Wedge resection: Small wedge of the lung containing the tumor is removed.
  • Lobectomy:Lobe of the lung containing the tumor is removed.
  • Pneumonectomy: Entire lung containing the tumor is removed.
  • Endoscopic tumor ablation using laser: This technique involves removal of the tumor through the bronchoscope, using laser. It is reserved for treating bronchial obstruction caused by the tumor or reduction of the tumor mass prior to surgical resection. This procedure is rarely curative on its own.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2014

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