Finding out that a surgery called a lobectomy is needed to remove a large section of lung to treat stage 1 or 2 lung cancer can be a scary proposition—especially when thinking about how the lungs will be affected afterwards. However, the body is extremely quick to adapt, explains thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.
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In this whiteboard presentation, Dr. Murthy explains how after the lung cancer is removed and the remaining lung actually expands from a couple of different directions to control the space left after the lobectomy.