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It's always your choice to have or not have surgery. However, you should understand what it means for your body if you don't have it.
 
For most lung cancers, lobectomy gives you the best chance for staying alive longer and possibly getting better. Each person is different -- there's no way to tell exactly what will happen to you without the surgery. But, if you wait to have the surgery, you might be too sick to have it later. In general, people who don't have malignant lung tumors taken out die much sooner than people who do.
 
The final decision to have the lobectomy is yours. You should be aware of the changes it will make in your body and lifestyle. If you choose not to have the surgery, discuss your reasons with your doctor. This will help both of you as you make these important decisions about your health.
 
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