What to Expect Without Pneumonectomy
It is always your choice whether to have surgery. However, you should understand what it means for your body if you don't have it.
For most lung cancers, a pneumonectomy gives you the best chance for staying alive longer and possibly getting better. Each person is different, and there's no way to tell exactly what will happen to you without the surgery. But if you wait to have it, you might be too sick to have it later. In general, people who don't have malignant lung tumors removed die much sooner than people who do.
The final decision to have the pneumonectomy is yours. You should be aware of the changes it will have on your body and your 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.