When a person has a tumor in their lung, a surgical procedure called pneumonectomy may be recommended. A pneumonectomy is a surgery in which a lung is removed. In many cases, it can help relieve some or all of the lung cancer symptoms a person is experiencing. However, it's important to remember that the surgery is not necessarily a cure for lung cancer.
A pneumonectomy is performed on an inpatient basis. Most people need to stay in the hospital for several days after this procedure. Some people also need to stay overnight before the procedure. Each person will have different results, depending on their overall health, as well as the size, type, and location of the tumor.
(For more information on this procedure, click Pneumonectomy.)