What tests are required before the lobectomy procedure?

If the patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, several exams are required in order to see where the cells spread and determine the stage of the cancer. Some of the tests required prior to lobectomy are CT scans, chest x-rays, blood tests, a complete physical exam, PET scans, an electrocardiogram, pulmonary function tests.

Our physicians and chest surgeons have experience treating people with conditions of the chest. We work with a team of doctors trained in many areas to determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs. Prior to your lobectomy, your doctor may do the following:

  • physical exam
  • white blood count and other blood tests
  • an electrocardiogram to check that your heart is healthy
  • lung function tests
  • imaging tests to assess the lungs and surrounding structures

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our thoracic surgeons perform lobectomy using a minimally invasive approach as treatment of early-stage lung cancer. This technique offers patients less morbidity and faster recovery when compared with the traditional thoracotomy approach.

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