What Is Thoracic Cancer?
Thoracic Cancer refers to any cancer located in the organs, glands, or structures of your thoracic cavity, or chest. This includes well-known cancers such as lung cancer (currently the second-most common cancer among both men and women) and esophageal cancer, as well as less common cancers such as thymus cancer and pleural cancer.
Thoracic cancer symptoms vary based on the specific cancer type and the tissue it affects. In the early stages, there are often no symptoms, and as a result, thoracic cancer is harder to diagnose until it is at an advanced stage.
- A new cough that does not go away or gets worse with time
- Changes in a chronic cough or “smoker’s cough”
- Chest pain that worsens with laughing, deep breathing, or coughing
- Coughing up blood or bloody or rust-colored mucus
- Heartburn, indigestion, or vomiting
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Unintentional weight loss or unexplained loss of appetite
The most significant risk factor for thoracic cancer is smoking. Almost all lung cancers occur in people who previously or currently smoke. Small-cell lung cancer, in particular, rarely occurs in people who haven’t smoked.
The more time you spend smoking, and the more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk. Being around other people who smoke also increases your risk. This “second-hand” smoke causes thousands of cases of thoracic cancer every year.
Other common risk factors include:
Exposure to radiation and radioactive materials:
previous treatment for other cancers, exposure to radon, and excessive UV radiation all increase the likelihood of thoracic cancer
working with asbestos (common in mines, some factories, and shipyards, for example) increases the possibility of lung cancer
Exposure to other carcinogens:
heavy metals like arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium are also carcinogenic, as are silica, coal, air pollution, and diesel fumes
Family history of lung cancer:
If you’ve been diagnosed with Thoracic cancer, Dr.Ashish Pokharkar provides the best thoracic cancer treatment in Pimpri Chinchwad (pcmc)
Dr. Ashish Pokharkar - Thoracic Cancer Specialist in Pimpri Chinchwad (PCMC)
Dr. Ashish B Pokharkar is a Thoracic Cancer specialist and cancer surgeon in Pimpri Chinchwad (PCMC). He has been trained in general surgery from BJ medical college and Sassoon Hospital, Pune. After completing graduation, he completed his super specialization in cancer surgery and received MCh degree from the eminent and prestigious Tata memorial hospital, Mumbai. After passing MCh he was selected for a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic Oncosurgery from Tata Memorial Hospital.
He is one of few surgeons who do minimally invasive complex laparoscopic & robotic surgeries. He is known for his empathic attitude towards cancer patients. He strongly believes in ethical and evidence-based medicine which is a core part of his practice.
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