What is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is a form of cancer that occurs in the lungs. Your lungs are two soft organs in your chest that breathe in oxygen when you inhale and discharge carbon dioxide when you exhale.

Things you need to know

  • People who smoke have an extreme risk of lung cancer, even though lung cancer can also develop in people who have never smoked.
  • The risk of lung cancer advances with the length of time and the total number of cigarettes you've smoked.
  • The treatment will be decided depending on the location, aggressiveness, and stage of cancer. 
  • Lung Cancer is treated through a combination of procedures; Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy, and Targeted Therapy. 

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How to prepare for the treatment?

If the doctor diagnoses lung cancer then you will be referred to a specialist. Specialists who care for people with lung cancer can include:

  • Doctors who specialize in caring for cancer (oncologists)
  • Doctors who analyze, diagnose and treat lung diseases (pulmonologists)
  • Doctors who apply radiation to treat cancer (radiation oncologists)
  • Surgeons who surgically operate on the lung (thoracic surgeons)
  • Doctors who treat symptoms and signs of curable cancer and cancer treatment (palliative care specialists)

Staging tests may consist of imaging procedures and biopsy that support your doctor to look for evidence that cancer has extended beyond your lungs.

Procedure involved

The doctor will decide on the treatment options for stomach cancer depending on the cancer location, stage, and aggressiveness. Your overall health and preferences will be considered by the doctor while creating a treatment plan.

 Different procedures will be involved to treat Lung cancer:

  • Surgery: The doctor will operate to cut out cancer tissue from the lungs. 
  • Chemotherapy: With the help of special medicines, cancer is shrunk or killed. The drugs can be taken by you or in the form of injecting in your veins or sometimes both. 
  • Radiation therapy:  High-energy rays comparable to X Rays are utilized to kill cancer.
  • Targeted therapy: To block the growth and spread of cancer cells, drugs are used. The drugs can be taken orally or through medicines inserted in your veins. 

What to expect after the treatment?

  • Depending on the treatment plan, your aftercare will be decided by the doctor. 
  • Patients undergoing surgery need to take proper rest for a few days following the surgery. Slight pain and discomfort are common which can be taken care of with the help of the prescribed medication. 
  • Patients undergoing Radiation therapy are kept under observation for some time to make sure there are no side effects. 
  • Patients undergoing chemotherapy are usually kept in isolation for a couple of hours owing to their compromised immunity.
  • The doctor may prescribe some pain medications to ease your pain.
  • Eat nutritious diet and avoid strenuous exercises.

Potential risks that you need to know about:

Choosing the right treatment for your cancer is hard. Discuss with your doctor about the treatment options available for your type and stage of cancer. The doctor will walk through the risk and benefits of each treatment and its side effects. Side effects are how your body responds to drugs or other treatments.

 Common side effects caused by chemotherapy:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Easy bruising and bleeding
  • Infection
  • Anemia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite changes
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight changes
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in libido and sexual function

Common Side effects of Targeted Therapies

  • Diarrhea
  • Liver problems
  • Fatigue

Common side effects of cancer surgery

  • Pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Bleeding.
  • Infection

Common Side effects of Radiation Therapy

  • Dry mouth
  • Mouth and gum sores
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Nausea
  • Hair loss
  • A swelling called lymphedema
  • Tooth decay

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