Respiratory System Cancer

Below you will find more information about Respiratory System Cancer from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Respiratory System Cancer it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Respiratory System Cancer and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Respiratory System Cancer comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Respiratory system cancer is a range of carcinomas commonly found in the respiratory system. Respiratory system cancer may encompass all organs involved in the breathing process, including: lung cancer, mouth cancer, oral cancer, throat cancer, tongue cancer, larynx cancer, pharynx cancer, and bronchial cancer.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is usually done on the basis of the patient's medical history, physical manifestations, a thorough medical exam, a biopsy of sample tissue, as well as standard imaging studies such as a chest X-ray, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or a computerized tomography (CT) scan.

Treatment

Respiratory system cancer treatment depends primarily on the location or type of cancer involved as well as its severity. The first line of defense is more commonly some form surgery, including: surgical removal of a portion the affected lung; a lobectomy of an entire lung; or a pneumonectomy. Other treatment options to be considered for respiratory system cancer are chemotherapy as well as radiotherapy.

Symptoms and Signs

Common symptoms of respiratory system cancer include: shortness of breath, especially during exertion; syncope; dyspnoea; sputum production; fever; chills; rigors; sore throat; nasal discharge; bad breath; haemoptysis; chest pain; tachypnoea; tachycardia; fatigue; and unintended weight loss.

Causes

Respiratory system cancer is caused by a carcinoma or a malignant mass located in any part of the respiratory system.

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