Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Does Adenocarcinoma Require Surgery?

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 09:20 AM

Question: Dr. Hibberd, I want to thank you for your medical advice, which I often pass on to others. My question is about my son, who has been diagnosed with a low grade adenocarcinoma of the lung. He is 50 years old. Is surgery the only option or are there other treatments?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
The average age of patients diagnosed with low grade adenocarcinoma of the lung has been reported to be 59 years, with 70 percent of patients between the ages of 50 and 79 years. Be sure a full staging has been done to be sure this malignancy has not spread to the bowel, pancreas, or other area.
Adenocarcinoma is cancer of the glandular tissue, usually the surface layer of the glands. Surgical resection with wide margins has produced local control in many cases, and is the treatment of choice. However, recurrence after many years of surgery may occur and therefore systematic follow-up is necessary and early oncology consultation is recommended. Targeted chemotherapy may have a very significant role in remission induction in some patients, so be sure to see your oncologist. Combination of surgery with radiation/targeted chemo may be recommended. Unfortunately, many of these cancers are resistant to radiation treatment, but radiation may be very effective helping to confine spread of the cancer cells.

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