Who cares about functional outcomes as long as you are cured? The patient, it turns out. Clearly, the patient does not want complications or death from lung cancer surgery but would not forgo surgery because of these possibilities. However, surgery would be declined in the face of predictable, persistent, and significant postoperative physical disability,1 in other words a poor functional outcome.
Functional outcomes after curative lung cancer surgery are poorly characterized. The sparse existing outcomes data are not pretty.2