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Lung Cancer Treatments

Lung Cancer Treatments, Surgery and Options Abroad

Of all cancer deaths lung cancer is the number one fatal illness in the U.S. and in global terms as well. It is a type of cancer that begins in one of the lungs, our organ in the chest in charge of taking the oxygen in and the carbon dioxide out of the body. The greatest risk factor is associated to smoking, certain pollutants and hereditary traits.  There is a variety of lung cancer treatments available, however, their efficiency greatly depends on the stage the cancer is diagnosed.

Common lung cancer symptoms show in later stages of the cancer, when the disease is advanced, sometimes metastatic, hence hard to treat. Some of them include:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic cough
  • “Smoker’s cough”
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss
  • Bone pain

The main cause of lung cancer is smoking, but not only for smokers themselves; people around them are also exposed passively to harmful amount of smoke. It is a general medical belief that smoke damages the cells and changes the tissue inside the lungs, due to the carcinogen substances in cigarettes.

It is true that the body itself is able to repair the damage at the beginning, but due to constant exposure, the damage leads the cells to abnormal behavior. When the mutated cells begin to spread uncontrolled, cancer develops rapidly.

Lung cancer treatments depend on the type of lung cancer and its severity. The types are:

  • Small cell lung cancer – common and exclusive in heavy smokers
  • Non-small cell lung cancer – a term which includes
    • squamous cell carcinoma
    • adenocarcinoma
    • large cell carcinoma

It is possible to reduce the probability of lung cancer by quitting smoking; nevertheless other risk factors provide conditions for the development of the cancer. Among them:

  • Secondhand smoke exposure
  • Radon gas exposure
  • Exposure to asbestos and similar chemicals
  • Family history
  • Excessive alcohol

If you suffer from shortness of breath, cough blood or feel pain in the chest, it is time for you to visit the doctor for diagnostic tests. Starting one of the lung cancer treatments available as soon as possible may greatly increase your chances of survival.

When cancer spreads over the body, in its metastasis process, brain, liver, bones or adrenal glands can be affected by the disease. In most of the cases, cancer at this stage can only receive palliative treatments, and the survival rates are very low.

Lung Cancer Treatments

In order to plan the lung cancer treatment, the oncologist must:

  • Determine the type of lung cancer
  • Locate the cancer
  • Evaluate general health
  • Determine the stage of development
  • Evaluate the results of tests and scans

The most common advanced non-small lung cancer treatments are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy.

For early stages, chemotherapy is the best of the lung cancer treatments, followed by radiotherapy targeting the lung.

Lung Cancer Surgery

The oncologist should provide you with information concerning the types of surgery available and a clear description of the procedures. The facility and the specialists will prepare you before the operation and describe the follow-up care as well.

Lung cancer surgery is used to treat mostly non-small cell lung cancer, combined with radiotherapy and chemotherapy when possible.

Depending on the size of the cancer and the position in the lung, the doctor will adjust the surgery and the complementary treatments. When during the lung cancer surgery a removal of one lobe or one section of the lung is necessary, it is called lobectomy.

Lung cancer Treatment Options Abroad

Lung cancer treatments abroad begin with finding a reliable hospital and checking the doctors’ credentials. Patients traveling abroad should look for

  • Doctors specializing in treating lung cancer, with vast training and provable experience in the field
  • Board certification in medical oncology and surgery
  • Ongoing training in new technologies

A popular international destination which offers high quality of services, surgical expertise and personalized medicine for lung cancer is Israel. 

An early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer is often critical, it may save your life. A great advantage of lung cancer treatment in Israel in comparison with other excellent cancer institutions lies in the efficiency of undergoing a quick diagnostic procedure and then a construction of a treatment plan within a day. An initial biopsy is carried out immediately and all other resources for further diagnosis are available within 24 hours such as radiography, the genetics of the tumor (an innovative diagnostic test) and CT. After diagnosis, a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons and pulmonologists working all under one roof, tailor a personal treatment plan for the patient. If need be, the patient will be on the operating table or receive chemotherapy and /or radiation within a day or two.

The research of cancer has made a real revolution; diagnosis and treatment plans are much more accurate. The main difference is in the approach towards the cancer, we apply an individual approach, which means that each cancer patient is currently receiving treatment that fits not only the type of the disease but also treatment that takes in account his /her genetic structure. Previously all cancer patients received the same radiation and chemotherapy treatment, which lowered the mortality rate in some cases but on other occasions did not prove efficient. Today cancer treatment begins with mapping the genome of the patient, who will then receive a specially tailored treatment based on a more accurate diagnosis.  

4.5 / 5 stars
Gerald Green
Lung Cancer
I was diagnosed with lung cancer a in December. I had this dry cough going on for a long time and didn't go to get checked...thought it would disappear. When I couldn't bear the coughs and started to have severe headaches as well, I went to get checked and was diagnosed with stage 4 of lung cancer ,a a tumor in my left middle lobe. I am 72 years old and am going to Mexico to have surgery. Hope all goes well
New Jersey
on 09/17/2013
5 / 5 stars
Anton Barsha
Lung Cancer Treatment
Hello, I'm Anton thirty years of age, I'm a computer science student, half a year ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I come from Bahrain and am going in two weeks time to King Hussein Cancer Center inJordan. Shirley from online tourism made the reservation, they are waiting for me there , wish me luck!