Thoracic Cancer is the cancer in the thoracic cavity. It mainly includes lung and oesophageal cancer. The Multi-disciplinary team brings together the team of experts to provide an exceptional patient care for those diagnosed with tumours or cancer of the chest.

Statistics of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer has been the most common cancer overall for several decades. In 2012, worldwide, there are estimated to have been 1.8 million new cases (12.9% of all incident cancer cases), 58% of which occurred in the less developed regions. The disease remains the most common cancer in men worldwide, with 1.2 million cases estimated to have occurred in men in 2012 (16.7% of the total number of all incident cancer cases in men). Lung cancer is also the most common cause of death from cancer worldwide, estimated to be responsible for nearly 1 in 5 cancer deaths (1.59 million deaths, 19.4% of the total number of cancer deaths in 2012). Because of lung cancer’s high rate of fatality (the overall ratio of mortality to incidence is 0.87) and the relative lack of variability in survival in different world regions, the geographical patterns in lung cancer mortality closely follow those in lung cancer incidence.

Why APCC for Thoracic Cancer?

APCC has comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic and supportive treatments all under one roof to care for a patient of lung cancer.

  • The centre is well known for the multi-disciplinary team-based approach to deal with every patient and their families. The treatments are individualized based on the patient's condition, expectations and logistics and to ensure the best possible clinical outcomes for each patient.
  • Apart from the routine facilities such as multi-scanner CT scanner, 3T MRI and a range of other facilities, APCC is equipped with High definition PET-CT for an accurate assessment of disease status with 50% less radioactive isotope than the typical PET scanners available in most parts of the country.
  • We have modern facilities for safe CT guided and bronchoscopy guided biopsy for the minimally invasive and safe obtainment of tissue for histomorphology and molecular diagnosis.
  • Apart from the routine bronchoscopies, the centre performs routinely Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and EBUS guided interventions for accurate mediastinal staging.
  • For the management of early lung cancers, we do Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgeries (VATS) and Robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgeries (RATS) are routinely performed with very quick recoveries as low as one day even in the context of major thoracic malignancies.
  • Apart from lobectomies and pneumonectomy, the centre also performs segmental resections for selected patients.
  • The centre is equipped with modern Proton therapy which is capable of treating patients of the early stage as well as locally advanced cancers. The unique feature of Proton therapy allows restricting doses to normal lungs and heart thereby leading to significant improvement of clinical outcomes.
  • The centre has a modern radiation armamentarium such as 4DCT scans, motion mitigation, management and monitoring strategies apart from a very modern helical tomotherapy which is one of the best photon treatments currently available in the world today.
  • The centre has a dedicated genomic/molecular lab where advanced molecular and genetic information of each of the cancers is decoded to ensure individualized treatment strategies.
  • APCC routinely offers systemic chemotherapy, targeted therapies and immunotherapies based on the principles and tenets of precision medicine. Patients receive this treatment in modern daycare facility aesthetically built to give not just medical support but also psychosocial support.

Types of Thoracic Cancers

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