Lung cancer

Of all the malignant cancers, lung cancer causes the most deaths. As with other lung diseases, smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Despite the medical advances in recent years, many patients still die of lung cancer. This is because lung cancer often remains unnoticed for long periods of time and the symptoms usually develop slowly. An early diagnosis is desirable as the chances of a cure are often good in such cases.

Diagnosis and stage classification

The diagnosis of suspected lung cancer primarily involves a computed tomography scan of the lungs, on the basis of which other diagnostic steps can be planned by the specialist. In most cases, a bronchoscopy is performed and carried out under deep or minimal sedation. Depending on the location and severity of the lesion, tissue from the tumor (as well as from the lymph nodes) will be removed during the bronchoscopy in order to confirm the diagnosis and gain information about the type of tumor.

In addition to bronchoscopy or transthoracic puncture, we also carry out the necessary investigations (including preoperative pulmonary function testing) to determine the stage of the cancer.

Decisions concerning treatment in collaboration with the Cancer Center

Several departments have joined forces to create organ-specific treatment centers to offer the best possible care for our patients. Once a week, we hold an interdisciplinary discussion about tumors in order to define the individual treatment recommendations. A personalized treatment plan is developed by different specialists from pulmonology, oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine and pathology under consideration of all the available information.

In addition to the surgical removal of the tumor from the affected lung region, drug therapy, radiotherapy or endoscopic procedures are also available, individually or in combination.

Lung and Thoracic Oncology Center
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Last update: 17.10.2017 | Person responsible:
Professor Malcolm Kohler, MD