You may not notice any symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer. When symptoms develop, they may include:
After evaluating your medical and family history and presenting symptoms, your doctor may recommend the following tests to diagnose lung cancer:
Additional diagnostic tests that may be recommended include a mediastinoscopy (helps detect lunch cancer spread around the windpipe), abdominal ultrasound to see the extent of cancer spread, testing for gene mutations.
All the diagnostic test results give your doctor and your team a comprehensive view of the type, stage and extent of your cancer, which will guide them on how to treat lung cancer.
After understanding the profile of your lung cancer, your doctor will chart out a treatment plan for you. Lung cancer treatment options include:
The type of treatment chosen for you will depend on multiple parameters, primarily your lung cancer type. Most people associate chemotherapy and lung cancer side effects, but it is important to remember that each type of cancer treatment has its pros and cons. Speak to your doctor about any queries about your lung cancer treatment options.