Quality of life (QOL) is an important component of the conversation between any physician and patient. It is especially important between a surgeon and an operative candidate when considering treatment of lung cancer. Patients want reassurance that after removal of part of their lung that not only will they be cancer-free but also that they will be able to breathe well even when active. They do not want to be left physically or mentally handicapped. Recent studies have also shown the correlation between QOL and survival after resection. In this article the literature concerning QOL after pulmonary resection is reviewed. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.