L UNG C ANCER
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers existing in the world
nowadays. Interventional radiology treatment is really helpful for any kind
of cancer. Basic information about lung cancer symptoms and treatment.
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LUNG CANCER TREATMENT
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers existing in the world nowadays. Generally
lung cancers are self inflicted through heavy smoking. As with all diseases and especially
with any form of cancer is to detect the disease as early as possible so, that treatment can be
given to increase the chances of endurance. However, by the time the symptoms are
noticeable the disease is probably at its advanced stage. But, if the symptoms are detected
early enough your odds get better.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
Lung Cancer symptoms vary from person to person and may include:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain, if a tumor invades a structure within the chest or involves the lining of
Loss of appetite
Coughing up phlegm or mucus
Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
Swelling of the neck and face
Clubbing of fingers
Sometimes people with lung cancer do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms
may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. But if you notice one or more of
them for more than two weeks, consult your doctor.
Many factors may influence the development of lung cancer, including:
Occupational or environmental exposure
Environmental tobacco smoke
These are common types of Lung Cancer Treatment:
The standard operation for lung cancer includes removal of the lobe of the lung in which the
tumor resides (lobectomy) and dissection and removal of the mediastinal lymph nodes
(MLND). This procedure is usually performed through an incision on the back and requires
the ribs to be spread apart (right).
Advances in minimally invasive surgery are improving treatment outcomes for many lung
cancer patients. Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive
technique, is resulting in better outcomes and decreased recovery times. VATS lobectomy can
accomplish the same cancer operation as the traditional open procedure, but requires only
three or four small incisions and does not involve spreading of the ribs. VATS is an option for
selected lung cancer patients, particularly those have a small tumor in the outer regions of
External beam radiation treatment is most often used in conjunction with surgery, but it can
also be combined with chemotherapy as an alternative to surgery.
Proton therapy is an innovative treatment at MD Anderson, which delivers high radiation
doses directly to the tumor site, with no damage to nearby healthy tissue. Proton therapy
results in better cancer control with fewer side effects. Many lung cancer patients may be
candidates for proton therapy.
Chemotherapy, the use of drugs to destroy tumors, is usually used along with surgery in lung
cancer patients. Chemotherapy can make the tumor more manageable before surgery, or to
destroy lingering cancer cells at the tumor site after surgery.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy involves a light-sensitive chemical injected into the body, where it
remains longer in cancer cells than it does in normal cells. The chemical is activated with a
laser that initiates the destruction of cancer cells. PDT is best used on very small tumors, or
to reduce some symptoms of lung cancer.
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