Diagnosis and Treatment of Tracheal Cancer

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Diagnosis of tracheal cancer is made by the doctor by observing any signs of tracheal cancer. Cancer of the trachea is very rare. Diagnosis of tracheal cancer is difficult. Delay in tracheal cancer diagnosis is merely due to the fact that tracheal cancer is mistaken for asthma or bronchitis.

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Further tests are recommended to see the cancer spread rate. The results of the diagnostic tests will help the doctor to suggest better tracheal cancer treatment. The tracheal cancer tests include:

  • CT scan
  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Rigid bronchoscopy

Treatment of tracheal cancer depends on number of factors which depends  on general health, the size and position of the cancer, and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body or not. The main tracheal cancer treatments are radiotherapy and surgery. They can be used alone or in combination.

Chemotherapy is generally used to relieve tracheal cancer symptoms. This type of chemotherapy is known as palliative chemotherapy. The treatment is usually carried out in the specialist cancer treatment centre. If surgery is needed for tracheal cancer treatment, the tumor will be operated by a specialist surgeon who specializes in chest and lung surgery.

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