Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy with chest wall resection

Guilherme Dal Agnol, Ricardo Oliveira, Paula A. Ugalde


Lung cancer presents with chest wall invasion in 5–8% of patients, which imparts some treatment challenges. Surgical resection is currently the standard of care, and there are some controversies regarding the best approach. Published series and case reports confirm the safety and feasibility of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in highly complex surgical cases including lobectomy with chest wall resection of locally advanced lung cancer. In this article, we present the clinical indications of locally advanced lung cancer that infiltrates the chest wall, the modalities for and importance of accurately staging lung cancers with chest wall invasion, and the technical aspects of accomplishing a safe and oncologically sound extended resection through VATS.