What is Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is the cancer of the lung and is a condition where a malignant tumour is present in the tissues of the lungs. The lungs are located on either side of the chest and receive oxygen from the air when we breathe and transfers it into the bloodstream. They also transfer the carbon dioxide in our body to the atmosphere when we exhale. Most lung cancer cases are caused by long-term tobacco smoking. Lung cancer may also be determined by genetic factors and exposure to various chemicals and air pollution.
What are the symptoms of Lung Cancer?
- Constant chest pain
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Persistent cough worsening over time
- Presence of blood when coughing
- Recurrent lung infection
- Tiredness or weakness
- Unexplained weight and appetite loss
- Wheezing, shortness of breath or hoarseness of voice
How is Lung Cancer diagnosed?
A biopsy is done on suspicious tumours or growths in the lungs to check the lungs for signs of cancer.
A complete blood count blood test will be done to check for white blood cell increase which could be a sign of cancer.
Imaging tests are done with ultrasound or CT scan to check the lungs for abnormalities.
Medical Tests We Provide
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a painless and non-invasive procedure where a magnetic field and radio waves are used to view objects in your body. Radio waves are transmitted to a receiver in the machine which forms an image of the body that can be used to diagnose various health issues. Common areas that are diagnosed with MRI include the joints, brain, breasts, heart and blood vessels. Find out more
A computed tomography or CT scan is a non-invasive and painless test that is conducted to obtain a precise image inside of a body. Using a technology that gives a more detailed image than a standard x-ray can, images produced by a CT scan includes the bones, organs and muscle that help in making accurate diagnoses. CT scans are normally requested as a more detailed procedure after a standard x-ray is performed. Find out more
A biopsy is a diagnostic procedure that involves obtaining a sample of tissue or cells for analysis to diagnose a medical condition. It is definitive way to diagnosis most cancers and is often a follow up procedure after imaging tests detect suspicious lumps and tumours. There are several types of biopsies performed to test if abnormalities in your body are caused by cancer or by other conditions. Find out more
Treatments We Offer
Chemotherapy is a common treatment procedure for cancer that uses drug therapy to destroy cancerous cells that grow from organs or blood in the body. The drugs inhibit the further growth and spread of cancerous cells and different combinations of medications can be used to destroy cancerous cells. Chemotherapy can destroy cancer cells completely, and is often used in combination with other therapies, such as radiation, surgery or hormone therapy. Find out more