Lung Cancer Care - Diagnosis & Treatment At Fortis Hospitals Mumbai
Tests that are often used to diagnose lung cancer include:
- Imaging tests: An X-ray, CT, MRI, or PET scan can help detect areas of lung tissue with cancer.
- Sputum cytology: Microscopic examination of the sputum can reveal the presence of lung cancer cells.
- Tissue sample (biopsy): A biopsy or the removal of cells or tissues from the suspicious mass can help determine whether it is cancer or not. A tissue sample can be obtained by number of ways, including bronchoscopy, mediastinoscopy and needle.
After diagnosis, the doctor will work to determine the type and stage of lung cancer, which will help the healthcare team to decide what treatment is most appropriate for the patient.
Fortis Hospitals lung cancer specialists will prescribe individualised treatments based various factors such as - the patient’s overall health and their preferences, the type, location, and stage of cancer, etc.
Treatment options for lung cancer include:
Surgery – an operation to remove part or all of your lung. Our experts are exceptionally skilled in minimal invasive lung cancer surgeries, performing the advanced thoracoscopy to remove lung tumours as well as partial or complete lung with expertise and care.
Chemotherapy – a drug treatment to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours.
Radiation therapy – to kill cancerous cells by using high energy rays.
Stereostatic body radiotherapy – a treatment that delivers very intense doses of radiation to cancer cells.
Targeted drug therapy – many targeted drugs are used to target a specific behaviour to prevent the growth of tumour.
Photo-dynamic therapy – it uses a combination of a light sensitising drug and a very bright light to kill cancer cells.
Immunotherapy – a type of treatment that works to boost the immune system (the body’s natural defenses) to fight cancer.
Palliative care – also known as supportive care, including oxygen therapy, pain relief and other help, can be helpful in managing symptoms of cancer as well as side effects of treatment.
At Fortis, our lung cancer care team will work with the patient and adjust their treatment plan based on their needs.