Surgery for Lung Cancer

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, lung surgery is performed in state-of-the art endoscopic operating rooms.

Many procedures traditionally performed through a larger incision are accomplished using minimally invasive techniques. A common procedure for early lung cancer and the gold standard of treatment for eligible patients is anatomic lobectomy.

In 2004, our lung cancer surgeons, Mithran Sukumar M.D., and Paul Schipper M.D. pioneered the minimally invasive thoracoscopic lobectomy. This procedure has shown to speed patient surgical recovery time.  Even more importantly, in patients who need post-operative chemotherapy, this technique significantly increases their chances of completing the full course of chemotherapy.