Good morning. The actual diagnosis is made by looking at lung cells in the lab, so a biopsy will be performed.
Hello Doctor, I am worried I may have cancer after the showings on my CT scan
It is a primary procedure to obtain a biopsy. You will be placed under anesthesia, then I will insert a small tube through the mouth and into the lungs to collect tissue
What will be done during a bronchoscopy procedure?
After microscopic examination of the tumor cells collected during biopsy, we have determined it is stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer.
What is the diagnoses doctor?
Stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer is locally advanced and involves the mediastinal nodes. Treatment options for this diagnoses includes some combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy
What does this mean and what are my treatment options?
Of course! Radiation therapy uses ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Sessions are painless and quick, but there are certain side effects dependent on your health and the treatment. Chemotherapy involves drugs that kill cancer cells and prevents them from growing. For your diagnoses I recommend a combination of both for the best prognosis.
I am not comfortable with undergoing surgery. Can we discuss more about the other treatment options please
Great. Your radiation therapy treatment will be a total dose of 60 Gy given in daily doses of 1.8 Gy, for 30 fractions, and Mon- Fri. Your chemotherapy treatment will involve carboplatin and paclitaxel given weekly.
Okay, then I will do the option of radiation therapy and chemotherapy together.