Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung cancer due to asbestos occurs when the person has had asbestos exposure over a period of time.
Symptoms of lung cancer may include one or more of the following.
— Dry, irritating cough
— Increase in sputum production
— Blood mixed with sputum
— Chest pain
— Lung infection
The treatment of lung cancer will depend upon how much the cancer has spread, the location and size of the tumor.
Treatment options could include one or more of the following.
— Photodynamic therapy
Chemotherapy makes use of cytotoxic (anticancer) medication, and a variety of drugs and chemicals that are meant to kill the cancer cells.
Radiotherapy (radiation therapy) involves using a localized high-dose of radiation on malignant tumors, destroying the cancer cells in the targeted area.
Photodynamic therapy uses laser light to destroy the cancerous cells. A special chemical is injected into the bloodstream and absorbed by the cancerous cells. Laser light is then used to activate the chemical and destroy the cancerous cells. This therapy comes with a host of side effects that include nausea and vomiting. The skin and eyes get extremely sensitive to light for approximately six weeks after treatment.
Surgery will depend on the extent the cancer has spread. It could include removal of a small part of the lung, removal of an entire lobe of the lung, or in extreme cases the removal of an entire lung. Healthy patients could recover to reasonable levels even after an entire lung is removed. Those who have had a history of smoking may not recover as well and could suffer from constant shortness of breath.