Side Effects after Lung Cancer Surgery

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 08, 2012

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According to the World Health Organization, 7.6 million people had dies due to Cancer in the year 2008 and Cancer is increasingly becoming a very deadly disease, especially among middle and lower income classes of people. There are many a methods to stop Cancer which is basically the uncontrolled growth of cells in tissues of the lung. The causes for this may include genetic factors, radon gas, asbestos, air pollution and second hand smoking or passive smoking.

Surgery is definitely an option for the privileged few; however they are not left totally unscarred. Post surgery, a patient experiences side-effects and this is primarily due to the fact that a lung cancer surgery is a very big and complicated surgery. Listed below are a few of the side-effects one might face after a successful lung cancer surgery:

Problems in the chest – The chest area usually get affected after a lung cancer surgery. Air and fluids tend to get collected in the chest and in such a situation patients have trouble in turning over and coughing. There are also chances of infection and soreness in the chest.

Breathing problems – One of the most common problems that most lung cancer survivors who have gone under the knife have complained about. You may feel short of breathe or breathless at times. Consult your doctor at such times and try some physiotherapy that many help.


Pain in the Ribs – One of the very common side effects of a lung cancer surgery is pain. Your ribs get spread apart during the time of the surgery and this has a very painful effect. The chest area as motioned earlier pains due to this reason too. The pain will not seize for weeks and sometime for months.

The most important thing you must remember is to consult your doctor every time you have such a problem post your lung cancer surgery. Do not pile up all these issues and do not be your own doctor. Lung cancer is a serious problem. But, do not panic, this too shall pass.



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