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Included in this VATS Toolkit is a comprehensive booklet with information for both you and your patients that serves as an overview of lung cancer, staging, treatment options and the VATS technique and benefits. The accompanying brochure is an abbreviated form of the booklet and the poster, which can be displayed in patient treatment or consult rooms, features clear and easily understandable illustrations that can be utilized to communicate to patients about treatment options. Short video clips are available from a patient, Katie, who was diagnosed with lung cancer and recently underwent VATS surgery. Thoracic surgeon, Michael Mulligan, M.D. from the University of Washington, also discusses the challenges of communicating a lung cancer diagnosis with a patient and addresses lung cancer treatment options including the benefits of VATS surgery.

In addition to these many tools, please share the companion patient website with your patients where they can learn more about lung cancer treatment options or if necessary, find a VATS surgeon.

We encourage you to take advantage of these materials to help facilitate discussions with your patients, and explain the medical concepts behind treatments such as VATS surgery in easily understandable language.

In-Office Patient Materials

  • Information Booklet for Patients
  • Information Brochure for Patients
  • Office Poster
  • DVD

Please contact our Covidien Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-722-8772 to place an order.


Featured Video:

View Katie, a lung cancer patient who recently underwent VATS surgery and her surgeon, Michael Mulligan, M.D., from the University of Washington

Understanding Lung Cancer Testimonial

VATS Research and Published Stories

A sampling of the latest research and clinical papers devoted to VATS includes:

  • Cattaneo, S. et al. Use of Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery for Lobectomy in the Elderly Results in Fewer Complications. Ann Thorac Surg, 2008; 85: 231-6.
  • Enewold, L. et al. Serum Concentrations of Cytokines and Lung Cancer Survival in African Americans and Caucasians. Cancer Epidem Biomar, January, 2009.
  • Mack, M. Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery. JAMA, 2001.
  • McKenna, R., Jr. et al. Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery Lobectomy: Experience with 1,100 Cases. Ann Thorac Surg, 2006; 81: 421-6.
  • Ohtsuka, T. Is Major Pulmonary Resection by Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery an Adequate Procedure in Clinical Stage I Lung Cancer? CHEST, May, 2004.
  • Onaitis, M. et al. Thoracoscopic Lobectomy is a Safe and Versatile Procedure. Ann Surg, September, 2006.
  • Subroto, P. et al. Thoracoscopic Lobectomy is Associated with Lower Morbidity Than Open Lobectomy: A Propensity-Matched Analysis From the STS Database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, February, 2010; 139: 336-378.
  • Walker, W. et al. The VATS Lobectomist: Analysis of Costs and Alterations In the Traditional Surgical Working Pattern In the Modern Surgical Unit. Thorac Surg Clin, August, 2008.
  • Whitson, B. et al. Surgery for Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Systematic Review of the Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Versus Thoracotomy Approaches to Lobectomy. Ann Thorac Surg, December, 2008.