What is Mucinous Cystadenoma of Lung?
Mucinous cystadenocarcinoma of the lung is a rare type of lung cancer that grows slowly and often shows no signs or symptoms. Mucinous cystadenoma usually develops as a single tumour filled with mucus. It usually develops in the peripheral tissues of the lung and can affect any lobe of the lung. Mucinous cystadenoma of the lung is more common in women than in men. Although it is a malignant tumour, it usually does not spread to the surrounding and other distant parts of the body. It also does not tend to recur.
There is no well-known cause of Mucinous cystadenoma of lung, however, exposure to certain radiations or prior radiation therapy and cigarette smoking are risk factors for the development of mucinous cystadenoma of lung.
Signs and Symptoms
Most patients with mucinous cystadenoma of the lung have no signs or symptoms. However, some common symptoms are:
- Persistent dry cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
- Pleural effusion (it is a condition in which excessive fluid accumulates between the lung and its outer membranes)
- Pain in the chest
- Recurrent pneumonia
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, all patients with stages I carcinoma of the lung should undergo surgical resection of the tumour (complete removal of the tumour along with the removal of some surrounding healthy tissues). Chemotherapy and radiotherapy should be considered in advance cases of cancer.
What Support can we Give for Mucinous Cystadenoma of Lung?
Mucinous Cystadenoma of 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 Mucinous Cystadenoma of 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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