Thangam Cancer Center has a dedicated Thoracic Oncology Unit with all specialists and investigations necessary for the treatment of lung cancer.
Surgery: A surgical procedure called lobectomy may be required to remove the cancerous tissue from the lungs, which involves removing a part or segment of the lung or the entire lung, depending on severity. In addition to the removal of the damaged lung tissue, lymph nodes are harvested systematically to gain additional survival advantages.
Chemotherapy is a treatment given through the veins to eliminate cancer cells that may have escaped into the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body, which is given during the following three treatment stages:
- Neoadjuvant: Patients undergo chemotherapy prior to surgery or radiation to minimize the cancer spread.
- Adjuvant: Patients undergo chemotherapy after surgery to eliminate the remaining cancer cells.
- Palliative chemotherapy: Patients undergo chemo during the advanced phase ie. Stage IV to relieve them of symptoms and improve their condition.
Radiation therapy: Select patient groups undergo radiation therapy during adjuvant, neoadjuvant or definitive phases. In addition, in the case of patients where the disease has spread to the bone, it helps alleviate pain.
Targeted therapy: This therapy has revolutionized the treatment of advanced lung cancer, where drugs specifically “target’ cancer cells and relatively spare other cells, this has changed the perspective of lung cancer treatments.
Immunotherapy: Improvements in drugs have helped with the invention of immune-boosting drugs, which stimulate the body’s immune mechanisms to fight and kill cancer cells. It is an exciting concept that changes the perspective of lung cancer management.