Thoracic Cancer Program
Thoracic cancer is cancer of the lungs or chest region. In fact, lung cancer is the most common type of cancer. Early diagnosis and staging of lung and other cancers is crucial to effective treatment.
The Thoracic Cancer team at BLK Super Speciality Hospital has extensive experience and advanced knowledge about the genetic make-up of tumor types when dealing with both early, as well as complex cases of lung cancer. Our team of specialists uses state-of-the-art diagnostics like VATS / Mediastinoscopy to assess and plan personalised treatments.
The Surgical Oncologist Team has specialised experience in handling complex Chest Wall, Mediastinal and Superior Sulcus Tumors, incorporating Radical CT+RT and complex reconstructive approaches.
Am I vulnerable to Lung Cancer?
If you are a smoker or work in a condition where you are exposed to toxic gases then you are probably vulnerable to lung cancer. However, a person living in perfectly healthy environment can also develop the cancer of the lungs. The lung cancer develops when cells in the lung starts multiplying uncontrollably. It is a fast spreading cancer and may affect other parts like brain, liver and bones.
Facts about Lung/Thoracic Cancer
- There are two types of lung cancers; (a) non-small cell lung carcinoma (b) and small cell lung carcinoma.
- Any type of lung cancer is usually linked to smoking.
- The non-small cell lung cancer tends to metastasize and spread to other parts of the body. There are three further categories of non-small lung cancer:
1 Adenocarcinoma: It is generally diagnosed in women and non-smokers. It develops on the outer edges of the lungs.
2 Large-cell carcinoma: It can develop in any part of the lung and spreads more rapidly.
3 Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma: It is a very rare form of lung cancer and only 5% of lung cancer patient suffers from it. The cancer can be detected very early.
- Small cell lung cancer is usually caused by smoking and has the tendency of spreading rapidly to the lymph nodes and other organs.