While non-surgical lung cancer treatment options exist, your doctor may recommend a more aggressive approach, depending on the size and location of the tumor, and other health factors. Our lung cancer lawyers explain the surgical procedures your surgeon may consider when developing your treatment plan.
This is the removal of the lobe (of the lung) that is affected by cancer. This is a common procedure for the beginning stages of lung cancer, when the cancer cells haven’t spread yet.
This is the removal of the entire lung affected by the cancer. It’s typically performed when the cancer is located in the center of a lung. This surgery greatly reduces lung function for most patients.
3. Segmentectomy (Wedge Resection)
This is the removal of a triangle-shaped slice of lung tissue. This procedure is used to remove a tumor and some of the healthy cells around it. Surgeons perform this on patients whose lung function would be decreased too much if a larger portion of the lungs was removed.
Cancer from Asbestos
Until the 1970s, asbestos was widely used because of its fireproof and insulating qualities. The public had no idea the mineral was harmful to them. But companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products – like Owens Illinois and Celotex, to name two of hundreds –knew that asbestos could cause cancer and other chronic illnesses. Rather than protect employees and their families, these companies chose not to warn them about it, for fear of losing profits.
Asbestos, which is linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, doesn’t harm workers for years after they are exposed. Because this latency period exists, patients may not find out they have cancer until it has spread and it’s too late for a less invasive procedure. In these cases, a pneumonectomy may be performed to remove a whole lung.
You Have Options
Speak to your doctor about whether one of these options would be right for you.
Not sure how to start the conversation? Here are some questions you can ask:
- What type of treatment options do you recommend for me and why?
- What are the possible risks and benefits of the treatment options?
- Do any new treatments exist, and am I eligible for them?
How an Attorney Can Help You
If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma, and have a history of working near or with asbestos, you may have a case against one or more asbestos manufacturers. Contact us today - we offer free consultations and case reviews to ensure you get answers to your questions.