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Lung Cancers

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs. Your lungs are two spongy organs in your chest that take in oxygen when you inhale and release carbon dioxide when you exhale.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.
People who smoke have the greatest risk of lung cancer, though lung cancer can also occur in people who have never smoked. The risk of lung cancer increases with the length of time and number of cigarettes you've smoked. If you quit smoking, even after smoking for many years, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing lung cancer.

Symptoms

Lung cancer typically doesn't cause signs and symptoms in its earliest stages. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer typically occur when the disease is advanced.

  • A new cough that doesn't go away
  • Coughing up blood, even a small amount
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Bone pain
  • Headache

Causes

Smoking causes the majority of lung cancers both in smokers and in people exposed to secondhand smoke. But lung cancer also occurs in people who never smoked and in those who never had prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke. In these cases, there may be no clear cause of lung cancer.

How smoking causes lung cancer

Doctors believe smoking causes lung cancer by damaging the cells that line the lungs. When you inhale cigarette smoke, which is full of cancer-causing substances, changes in the lung tissue begin almost immediately.
At first your body may be able to repair this damage. But with each repeated exposure, normal cells that line your lungs are increasingly damaged. Over time, the damage causes cells to act abnormally and eventually cancer may develop.

Patients Inquiry For Lung Cancer

  • Is lung Cancer curable?

    If detected at an early stage its highly curable but if its detected in late stages the chances of cure fall but luckily we have highly reliable medicines now which may control the disease

  • Is stage 1 lung cancer curable?

    Highly curable if detected at this stage

  • Is stage 2 lung cancer curable?

    Highly curable if detected at this stage

  • Is stage 3 lung cancer curable?

    50% may be cured but luckily we have advanced medicines and various protocols which may be able to control the disease

  • Is stage 4 lung cancer curable?

    Here the chances of cure is low but luckily we have advanced medicines and various protocols which may be able to control the disease. But here too I have to admit I have seen plenty of people get cured which I only claim as a miracle.

  • What are the treatments used to cure lung cancer?

    We have chemotherapy, targeted therapy and radiotherapy and immunotherapy

  • Is chemotherapy safe?

    These days its very safe, it has some known side effects which can be prevented and treated effectively

  • What is port surgery and port management?

    Is a very common procedure followed almost by every cancer patient in the US and Europe where a device is installed in you from which chemotherapy can be given. This ensures that for every chemotherapy injections pricks are avoided and your veins don’t get damaged. Lately its getting very common in India too. But this should be done by specialists only.

  • Will I loose hair during chemotherapy?

    Mostly yes, but with certain medicines you don’t loose any hair. But there is absolutely nothing to worry as hair loss is not permanent. After your chemotherapy is over the hair comes back naturally

  • Can I take chemotherapy at home?

    One can definetly organize at home provided you have your oncologists team giving you chemotherapy at home, but at times /rarely there may be a emergency and if you aren’t close to a hospital you may be in trouble

  • What are the signs of lung cancer?

    Cough, the blood in the sputum are the main signals

  • After taking the treatment can my lung cancer come back?

    Stage 1 lung cancer and stage 2 lung cancer there is only 10% chance of it coming back, while in stage 3 lung cancer and stage 4 lung cancer the chances are high but even if it does come back we have treatment protocols that may help control the disease

  • What are some of the highly effective latest advanced medicines used to cure lung cancer?

    Gemcitabine, paclitaxel, docetaxel,Pemetrexed, Gefitinib , Afatinibosimertinib, atezolizumab, Nivolumab,durvalumab, pembrolizumab are some of the highly effective medicines given but this may vary from patient to patient

  • Can my lung cancer be passed to my children or grand children?

    No

  • What should be my best diet during lung cancer treatment?

    A lot of patients make the mistake of following a specific diet, in my opinion a patient needs to continue his or her normal diet which they have followed in their life and incase they are loosing weight, they should add milk, ghee, butter, ice creams, curd, paneer which can help them maintain their weight

  • Can I have sex during lung cancer treatment?

    If you are comfortable, yes you can.

  • Can my husband/wife get any cancer if he has a physical relationship with me during or after lung cancer treatment?

    Not at all

Dr. Avinash Talele

Dr Avinash D Talele MD DM is a Senior Medical Oncologist and Hematologist. Dr Avinash started his oncology carrier at prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai from 2011. He had the privilege to work with some of the finest oncologist in the country.

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Dr Avinash D Talele MD DM is a Senior Medical Oncologist and Hematologist. Dr Avinash started his oncology carrier at prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai from 2011. He had the privilege to work with some of the finest oncologist in the country, there he was trained to manage difficult cancers including lymphomas, myelomas, and rare uncommon malignancies with state of art protocols.