Diagnosis - Thoracic Surgery

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death, responsible for 1.3 million deaths worldwide each year.  Symptoms of lung cancer include shortness of breath, coughing up blood and weight loss.  The most significant risk factor for developing lung cancer by far is smoking, which accounts for almost 90 percent of cases.  The risk of developing lung cancer is therefore dramatically reduced by abstinence from smoking.  Other risk factors for developing lung cancer include exposure to asbestos or radon gas, particular genetic factors and passive smoking.  Depending on the type of lung cancer, treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    With 554 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Zehlendorf is the largest hospital in the south west of Berlin. Its medical focus is on, orthopedics, pediatric surgery and pneumology, pneumology, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, general and visceral surgery.

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Lung nodules

Lung nodules are small, round masses of tissue that arise in the lungs and are relatively common.  While not necessarily cancerous, lung nodules must be monitored to ensure that they do not enlarge over time.  This monitoring of lung nodules is often carried out with chest x-rays or CT scans.  Should a new lung nodule arise or an existing one increase in size, it may be necessary to conduct a biopsy of the lung tissue in order to examine it for cancerous properties.

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Hospitals

  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    With 554 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Zehlendorf is the largest hospital in the south west of Berlin. Its medical focus is on, orthopedics, pediatric surgery and pneumology, pneumology, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, general and visceral surgery.

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