What is Mixed Invasive Mucinous and Non-Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Lung?
Mixed invasive lung adenocarcinoma is a type of mucinous lung cancer that can also be composed of cells that develop non-mucinous adenocarcinoma of the lung. It is a high-grade tumour that grows rapidly and spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.
What is Adenocarcinoma Lung?
It is the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC originates from lung epithelial cells. The general signs and symptoms of adenocarcinoma of the lung are similar to other types of lung cancer with complaints of persistent coughing and shortness of breath.
What is Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Lung?
Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the lung is a rare type of lung cancer that can produce mucous (phlegm), as its name suggests. It shows a poor prognosis (likely course of the disease).
Disease Etiology (Causes)
There is no definite well-known cause. However, certain genetic mutations (alteration or deletion in normal genes or chromosomes) and long-term cigarette smoking are potential risk factors for the development of mixed invasive adenocarcinoma of the lung.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms depend on the extent and spread of the disease to other organs or parts of the body. If the cancer is limited to the lungs, the patient will only experience signs and symptoms of the respiratory system. At the same time, in cases where this cancer spreads to other parts of the body, the patient also experiences B symptoms of cancer
The Common Respiratory Symptoms are
- Persistent cough
- Cough with sputum
- Feeling of tightness in the chest
- Chest pain
- In the advanced stage of the disease, there may be difficulty in breathing
- The other less common symptoms are sore throat, pain in the abdomen, and diarrhea
The following are the general B symptoms (systemic symptoms) of the tumour when it spreads to other organs of the body. These are
- Excessive sweating at night
- Weight loss
- Bone pains
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are;
- Imaging techniques like Chest X-ray, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan to see the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy ( lung tumour biopsy to remove a small sample of lung tissue for histopathological examination)
- Sputum cytology
- USG-guided fine needle aspiration cytology
Treatment Options Include surgical resection of the tumour, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Surgery is the main option, Chemotherapy and radiotherapy should be considered in advanced cases of cancer.
What Support can we Give for Mixed Invasive mucinous and non-mucinous adenocarcinoma of the lung?
Mixed Invasive mucinous and non-mucinous adenocarcinoma of the lung is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Mixed Invasive mucinous and non-mucinous adenocarcinoma of the lung, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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