Robotic surgery can extend surgical indication in patients with lung cancer and impaired function

Giulia Veronesi, Pietro Bruschini, Pierluigi Novellis

Abstract

The topic of the careful assessment of respiratory function has always been of great importance in the evaluation of the risk of a surgical patient (1-4) but it is even more relevant today since non-surgical local treatment using stereotactic radiotherapy is emerging as a valid alternative to surgery in patients with increased surgical risks due to impaired cardio respiratory function (5).