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Now let's look at what happens when a tumor starts growing in your lung.
The cells in your body all grow and multiply when they need to. This is a normal process. But sometimes, things go wrong with the signals that tell cells when to grow and divide. As a result, the cells can begin to divide more quickly and out of control. When this happens they can form a mass, or tumor, in one area.
A lung tumor can be benign or malignant.
Benign tumors grow in one area and stay there. They don't spread to other places in the body.
A malignant tumor, which is another name for cancer, can grow very fast, and either push healthy tissue out of place or actually take the place of the healthy tissue. Cancer cells in a malignant tumor can also break away from the original mass and spread to other parts of your body. Here, they may grow and divide to form another malignant tumor.
For a tumor that can be operated on, it's very important to take it out as soon as possible. This can help keep it from spreading more within the lung, and to other parts of your body.
Lobectomy is performed on an inpatient basis, which means you will stay in the hospital after the procedure. Some people also stay overnight before the lobectomy.
Your healthcare provider should give you specific instructions, telling you where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your procedure, and what to expect the day of and the days following your lobectomy.
You will be asked to not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before the lobectomy.
Following the lobectomy, most people need to stay in the hospital for about five to seven days. Some people need to stay longer. You may want to have someone drive you to the hospital and help you get settled in.