Lung & mediastinal tumor (including thymoma) surgeries can be performed by conventional open method or by laparoscopy (VATS-video assisted thoracoscocpic surgery /Throracoscopy). Laparoscopic or Laproscopic cancer surgery has several advantages over conventional open surgery with same cure rate. Only surgery is curative in most of the cancers. Additional therapies (chemotherapy & radiotherapy) are mostly supportive. But, many patients and their relatives try to avoid surgery for the fear of the immense trauma for their loved ones, resulting in patient getting wrong or less effective treatment. With laparoscopy the trauma is much less and makes the treatment more acceptable. The Team MACS precisely addresses all these issues and works relentlessly for a better life.
Lung and mediastinal tumors (including thymomas) do not produce symptoms to begin with. As they grow they cause symptoms related to chest due to pressure on adjoining organs. Patients with thymomas may develop weakness, difficulty in talking and breathing, etc. (Myasthenia Gravis). The symptoms related to any mass in the lung like cancer, abscess, and parasitic (hydatid) cyst are similar and can only differentiated by CT scan or after surgery. Common symptoms that are encountered include.
- A persistent cough that does not get better.
- Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.
- Blood or rusty stained sputum
- Weakness, Weight loss and loss of appetite.
These tumors are diagnosed by a scan guided needle biopsy (FNAC) and need a scans (CT scan or PET CT) to determine the stage of the cancer.