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Lung cancer diagnosis begins with a CT scan, supported by several minimally invasive procedures if the results reveal a possible cancer. If a patient requires multiple diagnostic tests, these can be performed in one setting in Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s hybrid operating rooms, reducing the need for multiple procedures and multiple patient transfers within the facility.
Diagnostic tests include:
These important tests can help determine whether cancer is present, establish how advanced the disease is, and provide information that will guide the patient’s treatment plan.
Lung cancer treatment usually requires the surgical removal of cancerous tumors. Where possible, treatment is performed using a minimally invasive technique called Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), whereby a camera and endoscopic instruments are inserted into the chest through one or more small incisions. One of the main benefits of VATS is that it causes less post-operative pain and offers a faster recovery than open surgery (thoracotomy).
The type of surgery performed can vary depending on the size, localization, and extent of the tumor. Some surgical treatment options include:
All of the above surgeries can be performed by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s experienced team of lung cancer surgeons.
Additional Information on Preventative Lung Cancer Screening for Early Intervention.
Most patients only begin to show symptoms of lung cancer when the cancer is too far advanced for effective treatment. Because of this, screening is strongly recommended for high risk groups, such as long-term cigarette, shisha or medwakh smokers aged 50 years or older. Former smokers who have quit in the past 15 years are also considered high risk, and should consider screening. Lung cancer screening is performed with a CT scan, which is fast, painless, non-invasive, and accurate.
The Lung Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is comprised of a multidisciplinary team, and offers specialized support in areas ranging from diagnostic imaging to post-operative care. Caregivers include: