Before surgery or any treatment one needs to undergo certain tests:

  • An electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Spirometry – a machine used to analyze the condition of the lungs

The treatment also depends on non-small-cell lung cancer or small-cell lung cancer

Non- small- cell lung: its confined to one lung. If one is overall healthy and cancer hasn’t spread too far then radiotherapy is advised. If In case one needs to undergo surgery to remove cancerous cells it is followed by chemotherapy.

Followed by biological or target therapy where medications are given to control or stop the growth of cancer cells.

Small- cell lung: the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body by the time it is diagnosed. In such cases surgery is not possible, only radiation and chemotherapy is given.

Post-treatment or surgery one may go home in 5-10 days. However, it may take longer to recover fully.

One needs to make regular movements to improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots from forming. One needs to learn the correct breathing exercises to prevent further complications.

You could resume normal activities and build upon fitness and increase strength. Swimming and walking are considered one of the best exercises post lung cancer treatment.

Any surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy carry the risk of complications. These complications can usually be treated with medications or further surgery. Some complications are:

  • Pneumonia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blot clot in leg leading to lung
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Hair loss
  • Redness or soreness of the skin
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mouth ulcers

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