Miskawaan Integrative Cancer Care

Lung Cancer Treatment

A cancer diagnosis can be difficult to come to terms with, especially with all the frightening statistics out there. 

But it does not necessarily mean that one has a bleak path ahead. 

Learning about your treatment options can help choose the best protocol for managing your cancer and improve your quality of life. 

Understanding Lung Cancer

Lung cancer classifications

Lung cancer is a form of cancer that starts in the lungs whereby the cancer cells invade the cells lining the bronchi and parts of the lung such as the bronchioles or alveoli.

Types of lung cancer include:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common form of lung cancer and accounts for around 80% of cases but most aren’t highly aggressive and take time to develop.
  • Within this group, however, there are large-cell carcinoma and large-cell neuroendocrine tumours that are faster growing.
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) accounts for 15 to 20% of cases and grows more aggressively.
  • Other cancers include mesothelioma which can be caused by exposure to asbestos.

Usually, cancer cells and cancer symptoms don’t show up until the disease reaches an advanced stage but the first thing cancer patients may notice is a cold or cough that persists. 

However, by that time a significant tumour may have developed which is why lung cancer is often diagnosed later than other cancers.

Effective lung cancer treatments require doctors to integrate personalised medical interventions into existing health plans, and that’s where Miskawaan comes in.

Our treatment options are not only backed by cancer research studies but they support the body through microbiome, nutrition and lifestyle.

Types of Treatment for Lung Cancer by Conventional Medicine

Doctors decide on the therapies used to treat lung cancer based on:

  • Age, overall health and medical history
  • The type of lung cancer
  • Extent of the disease
  • Patient’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Patient’s opinion or preference

Depending on the type and stage, lung cancer may be treated by conventional medicine with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of treatments.

Conventional treatment for lung cancer includes one or more of the following approaches:

Lung Surgery

Surgery is a common component in the treatment plan for early-stage lung cancers. Removing the tumour using this method is considered the best option because the cancer is localized and unlikely to have spread.

Most surgeries are performed using a long incision in the side of the chest, known as a thoracotomy or minimally invasive surgery that involves creating one to four small incisions to access the inside of the chest.

In fact, some early-stage tumours may be treated with video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), which uses several small incisions and special long surgical tools.

Types of surgery include:

  • Segmental or wedge resection—removal of only a small part of the lung
  • Lobectomy—removal of an entire lobe of the lung
  • Pneumonectomy—removal of an entire lung
  • Sleeve resection—removal of a piece of bronchus, after which the lung is reattached to the remaining part of the bronchus

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can be the leading type of treatment or it can be used together with surgery, radiation therapy, and/or anti-angiogenesis drugs (which cut off blood flow to the cancer cells to keep them from growing)

Sometimes chemotherapy is used to shrink the tumour before using other treatment options and other times it’s used to destroy cancer cells that remain after the first treatment. It may also be used in later stages of the disease to relieve cancer symptoms.

Chemotherapy is normally administered through an intravenous (IV) line in cycles: a treatment period followed by a recovery period.

Because chemotherapy also kills normal cells—including blood, skin and nerve cells—when these normal cells die there are side effects such as hair loss and low blood counts. 

Luckily, there’s a special type of chemotherapy that targets certain mutations or markers in a cancer cell whereby these tumours are located through biomarker testing

By avoiding healthy cells this targeted therapy reduces side effects.

Radiation Therapy

Lung cancer radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) uses powerful, high-energy X-rays to kill lung cancer cells or prevent them from growing. 

Radiotherapy may be external or from radioactive materials placed directly inside the lung cancer tumour (internal/implant).

External radiotherapy is more commonly used to only destroy cancer cells where the tumour is located in the lung. 

In fact, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is a precise, high-dose form of radiation therapy that allows physicians to treat cancer in just one to five treatments, instead of the multiple doses over many weeks required in conventional radiation.

Radiation can also be used before lung cancer surgery to shrink the tumour or after surgery to kill any cancer cells left in the lungs. 

Lastly, radiation treatments can be used to relieve lung cancer symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath and bleeding or blockage of airways by the tumour.

How Does the Treatment Method Vary With the Type of Lung Cancer?

Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)

Small cell lung cancer—also referred to as oat cell cancer—is typically found in active or former cigarette smokers.

Although less common than non-small cell lung cancer, SCLC is a more aggressive tumour that’s more likely to spread to other body sites. 

Chemotherapy is the most common form of treatment for SCLC but radiation therapy is often used together with chemotherapy to treat lung tumours that haven’t spread beyond the chest. 

Surgery is rarely used as a treatment option due to SCLC’s tendency to spread quickly but it’s used before treatment to obtain tissue samples for microscopic study to determine the type of lung cancer present. 

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

This type of cancer tends to grow slowly and takes longer to spread beyond the lung to other parts of the body. 

Local treatments such as surgery and/or radiation therapy are the mainstay of treatment for NSCLC. 

Chemotherapy is often only used to increase the effectiveness of surgery and is generally different in NSCLC than in SCLC.

Lung Cancer Treatment: The Miskawaan Way

At Miskawaan, our cancer approach helps to:

  • Positively regulate the activities of the immune system
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Modulate hormones
  • Prevent angiogenesis
  • Recover and prevent side effects from 
  • Chemotherapy
  • Induce apoptosis
  • Inhibit metastasis 
  • Support DNA methylation

Here’s how it works: after an initial cancer diagnosis, Miskawaan’s expert physicians examine both the unique nature of the cancer and its possible causes like underlying health conditions.

Our doctors then consult with Miskawaan Health Group’s (MHG) scientists and other health professionals to determine the optimum treatment protocols for that individual.

Here’s where our oncology approach differs from the conventional one:

Conventional vs Miskawaan oncology approach

At Miskawaan, we treat the body as a whole targeting and eliminating cancer in as many ways as possible.

It doesn’t stop there, we’ve designed programmes for all types of cases— those who are diagnosed with cancer and those who are cancer-free.

Cancer Patients

Cancer-Free Cases

  • Unsuccessfully treated patients
  • Patients who choose not to pursue conventional treatments
  • Patients who choose integrative cancer care over conventional treatments
  • Successfully treated patients
  • Patients preparing for conventional treatments
  • Patients currently receiving conventional treatments
  • Patients recovering from conventional treatment
  • Healthy people with risk factors for a weak immune system 
  • Healthy people who are interested in cancer prevention
  • Healthy people who are interested in detoxing programmes

After Lung Cancer Treatment

Cancer survivors may face a number of other health problems but the biggest concern is facing cancer again. 

Re-emerging cancer post-treatment is called a recurrence although some cancer survivors go on to develop a new, unrelated cancer called a second cancer.

Admittedly successfully completing cancer treatment doesn’t mean you can’t get another cancer but there are measures you can put in place to lower your risk. 

For instance, lung cancer survivors should avoid tobacco products. Smoking not only increases the risk of dying from lung cancer but also the risk of second cancers.

To help maintain good health, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends lung cancer survivors to:

  • Get to and stay a healthy weight
  • Keep physically active and limit the time you spend sitting or lying down
  • Consume a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while limiting red and processed meats, sugary drinks, and highly processed foods
  • Avoid alcohol but if you do drink, have no more than 1 drink per day for women or 2 per day for men

What Is the Most Successful Treatment for Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer doesn’t have to be fatal—not with the most qualified cancer care team by your side.

At Miskawaan Integrative Cancer Care, we believe in delivering treatments that are unique to every individual.

Miskawaan protocols combine German and Thai experience in complementary oncology and functional medicine.

Our 360-degree integrative cancer care includes diagnostic solutions such as:

  • Metavectum Tumor Therapy Tests
  • Metavectum Predictive Diagnostics
  • EDIM technology (PanTum Detect Testing, RV cancer test)

Our qualified healthcare team of cancer specialists is ready and waiting to take you through personalised treatment options.

Just fill in the contact form provided through the link below or call us directly on the numbers listed on the same page.

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