Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Carcinoma of the Bronchus Treatment

Treatment for adenocarcinoma of the bronchus depends on whether the cancer has spread to organs outside the lungs. Commonly, tumors in the lung are removed by removing a portion of the lung. For cancer that has spread beyond the lung, treatment involves chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy uses medications that either kill cancer cells directly, or interfere with their metabolism. Radiation therapy uses x-rays to directly kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy delivers a focused beam of radiation to the cancer so that any damage to surrounding tissue is minimized. Treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy for lung cancer may take months. Additional medications are usually required to treat the side effects of chemotherapy drugs during treatment sessions.

Treatment options for adenocarcinoma of the bronchus include:

Carcinoma of the Bronchus Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of adenocarcinoma of the bronchus.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Carcinoma of the Bronchus Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat adenocarcinoma of the bronchus:

Carcinoma of the Bronchus Surgery

For those in which adenocarcinoma has not spread outside the lung, surgery offers the best chance for a cure. Surgery may involve removal of the tumor, or the entire lung.

Two types of surgery for lung cancer include:

  • Wedge resection:
    • Removal of a portion of the lung that contains the tumor
  • Pneumonectomy:
    • Complete removal of one lung

About half of those with lung cancer are not candidates for surgery.

Those who are not candidates for surgery include:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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