Delay In Lung Cancer Surgery Might Lead To The Recurrence Of Cancer

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : May 31, 2021

Lung cancer is also known as lung carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumor that is caused by the uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lungs. This uncontrolled growth is not limited to the lungs but can also spread by the process of metastasis into the nearby tissue or even an organ which can cause cancer to that organ as well and damage it.

Delay In Lung Cancer Surgery Might Lead To The Recurrence Of Cancer

Most of the cancers primarily start from the lungs, and they are known as carcinomas. There are two main types of carcinomas. They are small-cell lung carcinomas and non-small-cell lung carcinomas. The most common symptom of the lung cancer is shortness of breath, coughing including coughing up blood, weight loss, and chest pain.

Delay In Lung Cancer Surgery Might Lead To The Recurrence Of Cancer

The major causes of lung cancer are the long-term usage of tobacco smoking, this covers 85% of the population, whereas 10% to 15% of lung cancer are caused in people who have never smoked but it might also be because of the genes, or they have a history of lung cancer. They can also be caused when exposed to radon gas, asbestos, second-hand smoke, or even other forms of air pollution. The lung cancers cannot be seen on chest radiographs and computed tomography scans, but the lung cancers can only be detected by biopsy, which is usually performed by bronchoscopy CT guidance.

As per the new reports of the recent studies, the doctors say that surgery soon after the detection of the early stages of lung cancer can help in reducing the risk of recurrence of death and can avoid reaching it to critical stages. The senior author Dr. Varun Puri. A thoracic surgeon and professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis stated that people with early stages of cancer have the best chances of survival and that’s why it is important for the patients to promptly seek treatment within 12 weeks after they have been diagnosed.

But he also mentioned that some people postpone the surgery and they will have a variety of reasons and some of them are reasonable, but in the matter of health, nothing matters more when compared to health. They have reasons such as getting second opinions, economic or social factors, or even family events such as a child’s wedding or a vacation. And because of the covid-19 infections, for almost a year, the hospitals are also being one of the reasons to delay the surgeries.

But this study is of more than 9,000 U.S. citizens, the average of 67 years of age with stage 1 of non-small-cell lung carcinomas who had the surgery between October 2006 and September 2016 found that these people waited for more than 12 weeks after the diagnosis of cancer with CT scan was associated with increased odds of occurrence and death. The majority of the patients, that is, 70% of them who had their surgery with 12 weeks of diagnosis, lived 7.5 months longer on average than those who did not have the surgery within 12 weeks of diagnosis. The numerical difference is 76.1 months versus 68.6 months.

As per the reports published in the journal JAMA Network Open, about forty-two percent of people who had the surgery after 12 weeks of diagnosis had a recurrence of cancer the six years after the surgery and the researchers also mentioned this was common for the people who had surgery after 12 weeks. The delay in each week was associated with a modest increase in the recurrence of cancer and closer to death. The main goal of this study is to provide proper risks of delaying the surgeries, which had to be clearly shown to the patients and physicians to know the importance of surgeries and to save lives.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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