Dr. Swanson on Treating Multifocal Lung Cancer

Scott J. Swanson
Published: Thursday, Mar 30, 2017



Scott J. Swanson, MD, co-director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and chief surgical officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, discusses treating multifocal lung cancer.

If a physician observes more than 1 tumor in a patient, they should not assume that it’s metastatic and that there are not many options for treatment. We now know that multifocal tumors can be treated surgically and have a beneficial outcome, explains Swanson.

Treating multifocal tumors independently might give the patient a similar outcome to a patient with only 1 tumor, states Swanson.



Scott J. Swanson, MD, co-director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and chief surgical officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, discusses treating multifocal lung cancer.

If a physician observes more than 1 tumor in a patient, they should not assume that it’s metastatic and that there are not many options for treatment. We now know that multifocal tumors can be treated surgically and have a beneficial outcome, explains Swanson.

Treating multifocal tumors independently might give the patient a similar outcome to a patient with only 1 tumor, states Swanson.


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