Improve Lung Cancer Surgery with PreOperative Exercise

Share Button

Surgical Removal of Early-Stage Lung Cancer can be Curative- Reduce Your Risk of Complications with Pre-Habilitation-

It’s not rocket science and it may be low-tech therapy but it is evidence-based and it works. Give yourself every chance to cure your early stage lung cancer (LC) by pre-habilitating before your surgery.

The study linked and excerpted below documents three important facts about LC:

  • Surgery can be curative for early stage lung cancer
  • Surgery often leads to complications and
  • Preoperative exercise reduces the risk of the post-operative complications

Image result for image of lung cancer surgery

Imagine that you have been diagnosed with LC. At first you are devistated. Then imagine that you are fortunate enough to have diagnosed your LC early enough to be a candidate for surgical removal of the tumor. Your surgery goes well. When you wake up your surgeon gently explains to you that the procedure went well and he/she “got it all.”

You fantasize that you are on your way to curing your lung cancer. In the weeks that follow your surgery you develop complications from your surgery-perhaps pneumonia, bronchopleural fistula or severe atelectasis.

You realize that you could have reduced your risk of the above complications if only you have undergone pre-habilitation.

I am a long-term survivor of an incurable cancer and cancer coach. Have you been diagnosed with early stage lung cancer? If you would like to learn more about your therapy choices, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Preoperative exercise training for patients with non-small cell lung cancer

“Background– Surgical resection for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) offers the best chance of cure, but is associated with a risk of postoperative pulmonary complications (i.e. pneumonia (new infiltrate coupled with either fever (> 38º C) and purulent secretions, or fever and white cell count > 11,000), bronchopleural fistula, severe atelectasis that requires chest physiotherapy or bronchoscopy, and prolonged mechanical ventilation (> 48 hours))…

Authors’ conclusions-Preoperative exercise training may reduce the risk of developing a postoperative pulmonary complication, the duration of intercostal catheter use, postoperative length of hospital stay, and improve both exercise capacity and FVC in people undergoing lung resection for NSCLC…”


Leave a Comment: