Article Abstract

Intraoperative molecular imaging—a bright navigator for thoracic surgeons in the era of limited resection

Authors: Kenichi Suda

Abstract

Lobectomy or greater pulmonary resection with complete mediastinal lymph nodes dissection is currently the standard surgical procedure for operable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), regardless of tumor size or location (1). However, limited sublobar resection, either segmentectomy or partial resection, is sometimes considered for high-risk patients with small-sized NSCLC who are not suitable for standard resection because of compromised respiratory and/or cardiac function (2).