Lung cancer affects people of different ages, and is considered to be among most life-threatenign conditions. In most cases, lung cancer surgery is required to cure the disease and restore functioning of lungs. Why we recommend treatment in Bonifatius clinic, and how treatment is performed?
What is lung cancer?
This is a condition when cells start mutating and grow abnormally. Instead of dying, they continue multiplying and interfering with functions of normal cells. Growing tumor obstructs air flow and destroys tissues.
Early symptoms of lung cancer are:
- cough that does not go away;
- changes in cough (hoarse sound, mucus, or it becomes deeper);
- change in breathing;
- pain in the chest;
- whistling or wheezing sound during breathing;
- hoarse voice;
- bone pain;
These sings usually reveal during stage 1 lung cancer, and some people don’t pay attention to them. Some mistake lung cancer cough for usual cold, and ignore it. When stage 2 lung cancer develops, a person may have blood in cough, severe pains and recurrent pneumonia. At stage 4 lung cancer, symptoms may also include paralysis of face, drooping eyelids, and severe infections. It is important to pay attention to these symptoms and take in-time measures to diagnose and stop the disease.
To perform lung cancer diagnosis, ultrasound and X-ray are usually used: these procedures show whether tumors form in lungs and bronchial tubes. During the operation, a surgeon can take a sample of lung tissue to make biopsy (analysis of cells) and reveal how far the cancer spread. Lymph nodes are also removed and tested.
Lung cancer risk factors include older age (60 years and more), smoking (second-hand smoking, as well), lung infections, inherited gene mutations, and other serious diseases of lungs. People under these risks should take measures for lung cancer prevention.
Types of lung cancer surgery
In Bonifatius clinic, we deal with early and later (stage 3) lung cancer. We perform different kinds of surgeries:
- Wedge resection: only a piece of affected tissue is removed from the lung.
- Lobectomy: the whole lobe is cut out (there are 3 lobes in the right lung, and 2 lobes in the left).
- Pneumonectomy: the entire lung is cut out.
- Sleeve resection: a part of airways affected by cancer is removed. Cut ends are sewn together. This type of surgery allows preserving function of lungs.
- Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS): the above-mentioned procedures are performed without opening the chest. A doctor makes small incisions through which the tube with a camera and instruments are inserted.
We also perform surgery for non-small cell lung cancer: prognosis after this type of operation is quite good, and cancer recurrence is not likely to happen. Our specialists are ready to treat adenocarcinoma lung cancer and other tumors, no matter how big they are and how far they spread: there is always an option for health improvement.
How surgery is performed?
Regardless of surgery type, operations are performed according to one certain algorithm:
- A person is given general anesthesia to prevent pain and movement during the procedure. A special tube will sustain breathing.
- A surgeon makes a cut in the chest, ribs are separated or moved to get access to the lungs. In case with VATS, several small incisions are made to put instruments and camera in.
- The surgeon removes tumor and affected tissues, a sample is taken for biopsy.
- Muscles, bones and tissues are sewn and repaired.
- A chest tube is inserted in lungs to let fluid out.
After that, rehabilitation takes about 7 days after a traditional procedure, and 4-5 days after VATS. A patient is monitored by doctors and medical assistants 24/7 to ensure that the recovery process is successful. A surgery cures the malaise entirety and relieves symptoms for lung cancer.
How Bonifatius clinic helps
Bonifatius clinic provides diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lung cancer for patients from all over the world. Our hospital is located in Germany, and is considered to be one of the best of its kind. Bonifatius hospital is situated in Lingen, a small and quiet town with peaceful and calm atmosphere. Our attentive and experienced specialists headed by Prof. D-r Gerald Kolb have profound knowledge and skills, and are ready to cure the worst cases of cancer. We cure people even at later cancer stages, and are ready to help you out.
Want to become our patient? We are always glad to consult and arrange trips for our clients. Contact us via e-mail or phone, and we would give you ample answers and recommendations. Bonifatius hospital is a place with decent conditions, state-of-art medical technologies, experienced personnel and affordable prices. We’re the ones who care!