Surgery for lung cancer involves removing the cancer and the nearby lymph nodes in the chest. Whether surgery is suitable depends on the type of lung cancer you have, its stage and your general health.
A lung operation is major surgery and you need to be well enough to cope with it. Before surgery you will have tests to measure how well your lungs are working. A surgeon who is an expert in lung surgery will do your operation.
Surgery can be used in early stage (stage 1 and stage 2) non-small cell lung cancers and, occasionally, in some stage 3 cancers.