There are two predominant types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. NSCLC accounts for about 80% to 85% of all lung cancers. Adenocarcinoma is a type of NSCLC and accounts for about 40% of all NSCLC cases. This type of non-small cell lung cancer begins in mucus-secreting glands and is often found on the outer parts of lungs. Here, we take a close look at its symptoms and the treatment options available.
Symptoms of Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer:
The symptoms of this type of lung cancer include but not limited to:
- Coughing up blood
- Breath shortness
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty in breathing
- Hoarseness on speaking
- Loss of appetite
- Tiredness or weakness
While the symptoms are possible with Adenocarcinoma, they can be caused by conditions other than cancer. If you face any risk factors, it is essential to consult your medical practitioner.
Diagnosis of Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer
The doctors suggest diagnostic tests according to the age, symptoms and other risk factors. Those who have a history of smoking and are aged between 55 to 80 years, they should regularly screen for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan. Your doctor may consider various imaging and lab tests such as testing your sputum, examining lungs with lighted tube, biopsies etc.
Treatment of Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer
The doctors try to determine the stage of cancer and the treatment for Adenocarcinoma depends on the stage of cancer. The common types of lung cancer treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy etc. Surgery commonly includes removal of small part of lung or removing one/two lobes of lung or may include removing one entire lung. This depends mainly upon the spread of lung cancer. In radiation therapy, beams of radiation are sent to kill cancerous cells to shrink the tumor. Chemotherapy is also used to treat adenocarcinoma with drugs that destroy cancer cells. Such drugs also work to stop cancer cells from its growth and spread. Your doctor recommends treatment according to your needs.
The information shared in this blog is for educational purposes only. You should always consult medical practitioner for any medical issues.