WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO IF HE FINDS OUT THAT HE HAS LUNG CANCER?

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WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO IF HE FINDS OUT THAT HE HAS LUNG CANCER?

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and in our country. Experts emphasize that the family and psychological support that will be provided to patients diagnosed with lung cancer is as important as early diagnosis.

Referring to the incidence of lung cancer in the world and in Turkey, Turkey iHealth member and Thoracic Surgery Specialist from the Antalya Hospital Associate Doctor, “It has been stated that there will be close to 20 million new cancer cases in 2025 due to the increase of the world population and the aging of the population. About 160 thousand new cancers are diagnosed in our country every year. At this rate, it is reported that it may reach up to 400 thousand in 2023. In our country, deaths from cancer in both men and women are observed in the second place after diseases of the cardiovascular system.
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Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers and ranks Dec among the causes of cancer-related death. while it was a rare disease at the beginning of the 20th century, it has become an important disease all over the world since the 1950s, especially with the increase in the use of tobacco and tobacco products.” said.

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Pay attention to those who have cancer in their family

Emphasizing the importance of genetic transition, Professor said, ”The risk of developing lung cancer in people with a history of first-degree lung cancer in the family increases 2-fold compared to normal people. In people who have never smoked with lung cancer near the first degree, the risk of developing lung cancer increases 2.7 times compared to people who do not have lung cancer in their family.” he spoke in the form of.

If you have been smoking for 10-20 years

An experienced Turkish doctor in the field of lung cancer surgery who emphasizes that early diagnosis is very important in lung cancer. Professor, ”Early detection is of great importance in lung cancer, as well as in other types of cancer. In order to catch lung cancer at an early stage, increasing the number of checkups, lung films and low-dose CT scans play an important role. Especially people over the age of 40 who have been smoking for 10-20 years, those who have a family history of lung cancer, should be regularly monitored by a doctor in Turkey. I would definitely recommend tomography to these people because they are at risk. If a lesion is detected, it should be evaluated very well and carefully, if it is a lesion that requires follow-up, 3 or 6-12 months of follow-up should be performed. But it is of great importance that it is a low-dose tomography, because patients are exposed to radiation. Because even if the tomography is taken without medication, the patient is exposed to radiation.

There is an international formula that guides us in early diagnosis, although this method is not 100 percent, it gives us an idea. When pathology is detected in the film, smoking and age status are also taken into account. PET CT may also be recommended for early detection of distressed area. For the diagnosis of a lesion, it can also go to a process leading up to a biopsy, if it is suitable for surgery, surgical treatment should definitely be preferred.” he used his statements.

Psychological support is mandatory for a person who finds out that he has lung cancer

Emphasizing that psychological support is very important in lung cancer, Professor continued his words as follows. “It’s traumatic for a person to find out that they have lung cancer. First of all, he needs to get through this trauma. He needs psychological support from his family, relatives, if necessary, a specialist. Any kind of support is very important, but I recommend that a person share this problem with their family. The next process is to figure out how to get rid of this disease.
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To investigate treatment options. Surgery rates for lung cancer treatment methods are about 15-20 percent. Most patients diagnosed with lung cancer cannot resort to breast surgery when there are widespread metastases.

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That is why it is necessary to quickly find out if this disease has spread to the body without wasting time. He has screening methods. PET CT, brain MRI, bone MRI Sa necessary, or MRI of other parts of the body should be taken if necessary.
If the patient is eligible for surgery in Turkey, the surgery option should be evaluated without wasting time by doing these scans and if he is not eligible for surgery, other treatment options should be started as soon as possible. It is very important that the person does not waste time on this process. Initiation of treatments no later than 15-20 days is important for the lung cancer patient’s quality of life and treatment success.

For early diagnosis, especially those with a family history of smokers or non-smokers should not skip having routine scans. They should also remember that if a lesion appears in the lung, it is also necessary to resort to thoracic surgery. Even if advanced stage lung cancer has been detected during treatment, appropriate patients can be candidates for surgical treatment with a multidisciplinary treatment approach. On the other hand, in patients who are detected at an early stage, the first option is always surgical treatment.”

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