Pneumonectomy Overview

More than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Surgery is a most common treatment for this condition.

What Is a Pneumonectomy?

pneumonectomy is the surgical removal of an entire lung. In a partial pneumonectomy, one or more sections of a lung are removed. In an extrapleural pneumonectomy, used to treat a rare type of cancer called mesothelioma, the entire lung and a portion of the diaphragm are removed.

Pneumonectomy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Doctors and other caregivers at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) will work closely with you and your family to develop a surgical treatment plan suited to your situation. As well as providing specialized medical care, we offer a range of supportive services, including nutritional counseling, emotional and spiritual support, financial advice, and complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and massage.

Before performing a pneumonectomy to treat lung cancer or mesothelioma, your doctor will thoroughly evaluate you to confirm that your healthy lung will be able to handle your body’s entire breathing workload. Following surgery, additional treatments – including radiation and/or chemotherapy – are offered to enhance local and systemic control of disease.

Cancer Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center is devoted to helping people fight cancer by offering the most advanced treatment with compassion and care. We care for adult patients in 12 specialized centers, each devoted to a different type of cancer.

Part of our commitment to conquering cancer is developing new ways to prevent and screen for cancer, as well as developing new therapies. Milestones include:

  • Development of the CA 125 test, the first and only biomarker for ovarian cancer;
  • Pioneered new approaches in the assessment and treatment of prostate cancer;
  • Development of state-of-the-art surgical techniques for brain surgery.

Patient- and Family-focused Care

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has long been committed to not only the care of our patients but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-focused care - involving systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment – is a guiding force behind the care we provide at DF/BWCC.

Quality of Patient Care

BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and following established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and where we could improve. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we compare with other hospitals.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Team

The Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology features a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, physicists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, endoscopists, pathologists, specialized nursing staff, dietitians, physical therapists, and social workers who use a patient-focused approach to deliver the most effective treatment for each patient. Meet our lung cancer team.

Contact Us 

If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our lung cancer experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request form.

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