What Is It?
A pneumonectomy is the surgical removal of a lung.
Pneumonectomy is usually done as a treatment for cancer. It can be done in one of two ways:
Traditional pneumonectomy — Only the diseased lung is removed.
Pneumonectomy removes half of a person's breathing capacity. For this reason, surgeons usually choose a less extreme form of lung surgery if possible.
However, a pneumonectomy is probably the best option when a tumor:
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