What is Thoracic cancer?

Thoracic cancer refers to any cancer found in the glands, organs, or structures of your thoracic cavity, or chest. Thoracic cancer includes cancers such as lung cancer and esophageal cancer, as well as less common cancers such as thymus cancer and pleural cancer. For Thoracic Cancer Treatment In Pune, Dr. Lalit Banswal is here to support you through your journey with thoracic cancer. He is the best cancer specialist in Pune.

Symptoms of Thoracic Cancer:

Thoracic cancer symptoms may vary based on the specific cancer type and the tissue it affects. Thoracic cancer is more difficult to diagnose until it is at an advanced stage as in the early stages, there are often no symptoms.

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  • A new cough that gets worse.
  • Changes in a smoker’s cough or chronic cough
  • Chest pain that deepens with deep breathing, laughing, or coughing.
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn, indigestion, or vomiting
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness

Symptoms of thoracic cancer are also common in other conditions. If you notice one or more doesn’t mean that you have cancer. Some people are also diagnosed without seeing any symptoms at all. For Thoracic Cancer Treatment In Pune, meet Dr. Lalit Banswal who is the best thoracic cancer specialist.

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Causes of Thoracic Cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Previous radiation therapy
  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to asbestos and other carcinogens
  • Family history of lung cancer

Types of Thoracic Cancer:

Thoracic cancer includes all cancers in the chest cavity, including lung cancers, thymic cancers, and tracheal (windpipe) cancers. Lung cancers are the most common type of thoracic cancer.

The most common lung cancers are:

Non-small cell lung cancer: Approximately 80-85 percent of lung cancers are non-small cell lung cancers. This includes adenocarcinoma which is a type of cancer beginning in the mucus-secreting cells in the lungs, squamous cell carcinoma (a type of cancer starting in the lung’s lining cells), and large cell carcinoma (this can begin in any part of the lung).

Small-cell lung cancer: About 10-15 percent of lung cancers are small-cell cancers. This cancer can form anywhere in the lung and grows quickly, making it easier to treat but also it is more likely to return over time.

Mesothelioma: It begins in the peritoneum, pleura, or other lining tissues in the abdominal cavity.

Thymoma: The thymus is a small organ in the chest that sits under the breastbone and regulates the lymph system (the lymph system makes white blood cells). Cancers that appear in the thymus are called thymomas or thymic malignancies.

Other cancers: Pancreatic cancer, Breast cancer, and some other cancers originating elsewhere in the body can sometimes metastasize to the lungs or other organs in the chest cavity, which causes thoracic cancer.

Stages of Thoracic Cancer:

Cancer stages help to plan the way of treatment. At an early stage cancer’s chance of successful treatment is higher. Regular screening can help to detect it at an early stage. Dr. Lalit Banswal will guide & help you through all the stages. He is the best Lung Cancer Specialist in Undri Pune.

Non-small-cell lung cancer stages :

Initial Stage: Cancer has not spread into your lung tissues or outside your lungs but a very small tumor is formed.
Stage 1: Cancer is detected in the lung, but it is not in your lymph node.
Stage 2: Cancer is detected in the lung and may have spread to your lymph node.
Stage 3: Cancer is in the lung and lymph nodes and may have spread to the middle of the chest.
Stage 4: Cancer has spread in your both lungs, and may have spread to different organs like bones, liver, brain, etc.

Tests available to diagnose the cancer:

Examining your signs & symptoms Dr. Lalit Banswal may suggest some tests for an accurate diagnosis & to provide Best Thoracic Cancer Treatment In Pune.  

These tests may include:

  • Imaging Test
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Sputum cytology
  • Thoracentesis
  • Needle biopsy
  • Core biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Blood Tests
  • Computed Tomography ie. CT-Scan
  • Positron Emission Tomography ie. PET Scan
  • Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy
  • Transtracheal FNA or transbronchial FNA
  • Transthoracic needle biopsy

Treatment options:

Thoracic cancer is curable and the cure rate is almost 80%-90% for patients who have early-stage cancer but the cure rate falls dramatically as it moves to a more advanced stage.

Screening for lung cancer can save lives. 

Various treatment options can be used like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these treatments.

1) Surgery:

Surgery is an essential phase of treatment for Thoracic Cancer. It is generally useful when the cancer is limited to the lungs. Surgery is also operated to take out extra cancerous tissue after chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Lung Cancer Specialist in Undri Pune Dr. Lalit Banswal plans the treatment as per the patient’s level of disease.

The most typical surgical procedures are:

1)Thoracotomy: In thoracotomy, a cut is made between the ribs to reach and see the lungs or other organs in the chest or thorax. 

2)Minimally invasive surgery: This involves the use of a camera and instruments to access the lung through small incisions between the ribs.

3)Wedge resection: It is performed to remove a small part of the lung that contains the tumor along with an edge of healthy tissue

4)Segmental resection: It is performed to remove a larger part of the lung, but not an entire lobe.

5)Lobectomy: It is executed to remove the whole lobe of one lung

6)Pneumonectomy: It is performed to remove a whole lung.

2) Radiation Therapy:

Thoracic radiation therapy treatment is given to cure patients whose lung cancers can not be removed with surgery. It is a type of cancer treatment that is directed at the chest, heart, and torso regions. Using advanced technologies, powerful doses of radiation can be produced directly into the tumor with excellent precision. Dr. Lalit Banswal is a Thoracic Cancer Specialist In Undri Pune, who plans a personalized radiation treatment program for every patient. 

Thoracic radiation therapy can also cause side effects that can impact the quality of life but Dr. Lalit Banswal with his immense knowledge & experience helps to treat the patients with few or no side effects.

3) Chemotherapy:

Chemotherapy is usually used after surgery to kill any cancer cells that may survive. Two chemo drugs with the combination are often used to treat lung cancer in its early stage. Chemotherapy may also be used to reduce pain and other signs and also may be used before surgery to shorten cancers and remove them easily. It can also be used with radiation therapy. With advanced technology and experience, our specialist Dr. Lalit Banswal treats Thoracic Cancer very effectively.

4)Proton therapy

Proton therapy is extremely helpful for lung cancer treatment; our specialist Dr. Lalit Banswal, Lung Cancer Specialist in Undri Pune can deliver very precise and highly effective doses of protons to the exact spot of lung cancer. With very minimal exposure to healthy bone marrow and lung tissue, there is a much less chance of lung injury. 

5)Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapy is a treatment that targets cancer’s specific proteins, genes, or the tissue that contributes to cancer survival and growth.

Many targeted therapy drugs are utilized to treat lung cancer, though most are dedicated to people with chronic cancer.

Sometimes when chemotherapy doesn’t work, targeted therapy work differently, Our Lung Cancer expert Dr. Lalit Banswal uses targeted drugs that are most often for advanced lung cancers, sometimes along with chemo as per the need of the treatment. It significantly enhances patient outcomes and quality of life. It is successful in up to 80% of cases.

6)Stereotactic body radiation therapy

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a technique that delivers precise doses of targeted radiation to a tumor. This allows the treatment of small or medium-sized tumors in single or limited doses.

7)Intensity-modulated radiation therapy(IMRT)

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can improve the therapeutic dose ratio with an advanced treatment delivery technique. This treatment is mostly used for non-small cell lung cancer.

IMRT uses advanced techniques to decide and deliver variable portions of radiation directly to the tumor. 

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) is used for some people with lung cancer which is a specialized form of IMRT. 

For Best Thoracic Cancer Treatment In Pune, book an appointment with Dr. Lalit Banswal, to get expert advice & guidance through all stages of your cancer treatment.

Why choose Dr. Lalit Banswal for Thoracic cancer treatment in Pune?

  • We Deliver compassionate care: At Precision Plus Super-Speciality Hospital we offer best thoracic cancer treatment in Pune with a caring approach toward patients.
  • Patient-centered approach: We deliver the services with a patient-centered approach which are effective, timely & safe.
  • Advanced treatments for thoracic cancer: Dr. Lalit Banswal is an experienced thoracic cancer specialist in Undri, Pune, he is well trained in advanced treatments in thoracic cancer surgery.

Precision Plus Super-Speciality Hospital is well-versed with advanced equipment to treat all types of thoracic cancers and deliver advanced, cost-effective, efficient & quality treatments.