Bronchial Cancer Surgery
Bronchial cancer is a serious disease that requires operation of tumor in vast majority of cased. Patients who take care of their health want to find the best clinic possible, but what about the cost of diagnosis and procedures? Cancer treatment may be devastating for your budget, but not in Bonifatius clinic. Find out how our specialists perform bronchial cancer treatment, and why our hospital is considered to be best-of-the-breed.
About bronchial cancer
Cancer in bronchial tubeshappens when abnormal cells start growing in the bronchus. Unlike usual healthy cells, they mutate and don't die: growing into tumor, they interfere with normal functioning of lungs and adjacent organs and tissues (lymph nodes, heart) and press against lungs obstructing air flow. If not diagnosed in time, cancer of the bronchuscan destroy lung(s) and be fatal.
Basic bronchogenic cancer symptoms are:
- Coughing up blood.
- Pneumonia that reoccurs because airway is obstructed by a tumor.
- Cough that doesn’t go away.
At the early stages of cancer of the bronchus, symptoms may include fatigue, weight loss, and shortness of breath (especially during workout).
When surgery is required?
What surgery is used for? It is performed to cut out malignant cells and tumor to stop the disease and restore normal work of lungs and breathing. Besides, the surgery eliminates bronchogenic cancer symptoms. Sometimes only a part of lung is removed, in more serious cases - the entire lung is cut out or replaced with an implant. There are three types of surgery:
- Pneumonectomy: the whole lung is cut out during the operation.
- Lobectomy: a section (lobe) is removed.
- Segmentectomy (also called as wedge resection): removal of a part of a lobe.
To avoid pneumonectomy and preserve functioning of airways, sleeve resection can be performed. It means that a surgeon makes cuts above and across the section of airway affected bybronchial tube cancer, removes the tumor, and sews the ends of airway together.
With any operation, a doctor removes a part of lymph nodes to examine possible cancer tumors. If lymph nodes appear to be affected by cancer, surgery may be no longer useful. The type of surgery depends on the size and kind of tumor, and health of lungs. People with healthy lungs will be able to bear removal of bigger piece of tissue.
How bronchial cancer surgery is performed in Bonifatius clinic?
Generally, the surgery for cancer of bronchial tubesconsists of the following steps:
- A patient is given general anesthesia to withstand the operation and block pain. A special tube is used to sustain breathing.
- A big incision is made in chest, ribs are separated to access the lungs. Sometimes a cut is made on the back below the shoulder, and goes under the armpit.
- A surgeon observes the lungs and bronchus to define how far the tumor spread, and removes affected parts.
- The incision, muscles and bones are sealed and sewn.
- A chest tube is inserted through the incision to provide drainage of fluid and prevent its collection in lungs.
- A patient stays hospitalized for 5-7 days. During this time, doctors watch the recovery process and get the results of biopsy to find out whether cancer affected lymph nodes.
Bonifatius clinic provides an alternative to this operation: VATS (video assisted thoracic surgery). This approach requires minimal invasion and is recommended for patients with minor tumors located close to the outer side of lungs. During such operation, a surgeon makes smaller cuts and inserts a tube with a tiny camera inside one of holes to get the view of the inner organs: the picture is transmitted on a display. Other incisions are used to insert and operate with instruments. This type of surgery causes less pain and usually requires shorter hospitalization period (4-5 days). Bronchial cancer survival ratesis almost the same as with thoracotomy (traditional approach), but VATS should be performed by a highly experienced and skilled doctor to prevent risks and complications. In Bonifatius clinic, you are treated only by the best surgeons, which ensures excellent treatment and better bronchial cancer prognosis.
Why choosing Bonifatius clinic?
Located in Lingen, Germany, Bonifatius clinic provides effective and reliable treatment for patients from the entire world. Our qualified and experience team headed by Prof. D-r Gerald Kolb is ready to deal with the most complicated cases. We provide all conditions for successful rehabilitation: comfortable wards, 24/7 medical assistance, and supply of the necessary drugs.
To become our patient, contact us via e-mail or phone, and our managers will be glad to answer your questions and arrange your treatment. Bonifatius clinic is the best option for treatment in Germany, no matter where you come from.