Thoracic tumors: Types and Treatment

Written by: Dra. María González Cao
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Thoracic tumors are all that are in the chest. The most common is lung cancer, but can also be found to a lesser extent mesotheliomas, thymomas, sarcomas, etc..

chemotherapy The primary tumor of the chest is the lung, caused mainly by the consumption of snuff. Specialists in Medical Oncology claim that smoking is the leading cause of chest tumors.

This type of tumor affects each patient differently, because depending on the type of tumor or other symptoms appear about.

In general, thoracic tumors have pain, cough, weight loss without apparent cause, fatigue and loss of appetite. They can also cause dysphagia if they are close to the esophagus or hiccups when they involve the phrenic nerve. Paraneoplastic symptoms, which are totally nonspecific symptoms caused by substances produced by the tumor may also occur



Mesothelioma is a type of chest tumor of slow initial growth mainly arising from the pleura. Asbestos is clearly related to the etiology, the main involved in its development


Treatment of thoracic tumors

Most patients are not candidates for surgery, so these tumors are treated with combination chemotherapy. However, Extrapleural pneumonectomy in selected patients is the treatment of choice.

Currently, there are new innovative treatments in this field. Mesotheliomas are developing the presence of targeted therapies, in which specific mutations to treatment with selective drugs are sought mutation. Also it is evaluating the use of immunotherapy in these patients with promising results.

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Dra. María González Cao

By Dra. María González Cao
Medical Oncology

Recognized specialist in breast cancer with fifteen years of experience oncologist Dr. Cao is González Spanish secretary Multidisciplinary Melanoma Group (GEM). He has worked as a specialist in Medical Oncology at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and the University Clinic of Navarra doctor. Currently he is working in the Oncology Institute Dr. Rosell at the University Hospital Dexeus Chiron. He works closely with our Oncology Laboratory to provide a molecular diagnosis and treatments according to the genetic characteristics of each patient.

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