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Lung Neoplasms. Sanjay Munireddy Dept of Surgery Sinai Hospital of Baltimore June17, 2008. Overview. Leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women and 2nd most common cause of overall mortality in US Estimated new cases in 2008: 215,020 Estimated deaths in 2008: 161,840.

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lung neoplasms

Lung Neoplasms

Sanjay Munireddy

Dept of Surgery

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

June17, 2008

  • Leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women and 2nd most common cause of overall mortality in US
  • Estimated new cases in 2008: 215,020
  • Estimated deaths in 2008: 161,840
  • Recent continued decline in incidence among men (79.4 cases per 100,00)
  • Stabilization of incidence in women (52.6 cases per 100,00)
  • Greatest incidence in AA men (107.6 cases per 100,000)

NCI SEER Cancer Data

risk factors
Risk Factors
  • Smoking
  • Second hand smoke
  • Sex - men
  • Race - African American
  • Environmental gases - Asbestos, radon, tar soot, arsenic, silica etc.
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Radiation therapy to chest
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Greatest risk factor; dose-response relationship between the number of pack-years smoked and lung cancer risk
  • 87% of all lung cancer deaths result from smoking
  • Death rates decrease to that of never-smokers after 10 yrs of smoking cessation
1999 who classification of lung tumors
1999 WHO Classification of Lung Tumors
  • Epithelial
    • Malignant
      • Squamous cell carcinoma
      • Small cell carcinoma
      • Adenocarcinoma
      • Large cell carcinoma
      • Adenosquamous cell carcinoma
      • Carcinomas with pleomorphic, sarcomatoid or sarcomatous elements
      • Carcinoid tumor
  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
    • Comprise 80% of lung tumors
    • 50% are metastatic at diagnosis
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
    • Comprise 20%
    • 80% are metastatic at diagnosis
adenocarcinoma of lung
Adenocarcinoma of Lung
  • Most common type of lung cancer
  • Comprises 30-40% in smokers and 60-80% in non-smokers
  • Arises from terminal bronchioles
  • Usually develops in the peripheral portions of the lung
  • Slow growing than squamous cell ca.
  • Often is associated with a peripheral scar or honeycombing due to response to tumor
squamous cell carcinoma of lung
Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Lung
  • Comprise 25-40% of lung cancers; rates are declining due to reduction in smoking
  • Dose-response relationship of smoking is strongest with this type of cancer
  • Usually occurs in the lung’s central portions or in one of the main airway branches.
  • Can form cavities in the lung if they grow to a large size
  • Slow growing
large cell carcinoma of lung
Large Cell Carcinoma of Lung
  • Accounts for 10-15% of lung tumors
  • Diagnosis of exclusion; cannot diagnose on small biopsies or in lymph node metastases
  • Usually large peripheral mass with necrosis
  • Often associated with peripheral eosinophilia and leukocytosis, due to tumor production of colony stimulating factor
small cell carcinoma of lung
Small Cell Carcinoma of Lung
  • Also called undifferentiated or oat cell carcinoma
  • Accounts for 10-15% of lung tumors
  • Almost always caused by smoking
  • Fast growing compared to NSCLC
  • Usually metastatic in about 70% of cases at the time of diagnosis
  • Without treatment, has the most aggressive clinical course of any type of pulmonary tumor
  • Median survival from diagnosis of only 2 to 4 months.
clinical presentation
Clinical Presentation
  • Majority are symptomatic at presentation (>85%)
  • Symptoms are broadly classified as
    • Due to lung lesion
    • Due to intra-thoracic spread
    • Due to distant mets
    • Due to paraneoplastic syndrome
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Clinical Presentation
  • Symptoms due to lung lesion/primary tumor
    • Coughing ± sputum
    • Dyspnea
    • Hemoptysis
    • Chest pain
    • Wheezing
    • Weight loss
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Clinical Presentation
  • Central tumors (squamous cell carcinomas) generally produce symptoms of cough, dyspnea, atelectasis, wheezing, postobstructive pneumonia,, and hemoptysis.
  • Most peripheral tumors are adenocarcinomas or large cell carcinomas and, in addition to causing cough and dyspnea, can cause symptoms due to pleural effusion and severe pain as a result of infiltration of parietal pleura and the chest wall.
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Clinical Presentation
  • Symptoms of intra-thoracic spread
    • Pleural or pericardial effusion
    • Compression of RLN (hoarseness), phrenic nerve palsy (elevated diaphragm), pressure on the sympathetic plexus (Horner syndrome)
    • Tracheal obstruction, esophageal compression, SVC syndrome
    • Superior sulcus tumors can cause compression of the brachial plexus roots as they exit the neural foramina, resulting in intense, radiating neuropathic pain in the ipsilateral upper extremity.
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Clinical Presentation
  • Symptoms of distant spread
    • May occur in almost every organ system
    • Bone mets (vertebrae, ribs, pelvis are MC)
    • Hepatic mets (indicate poor prognosis)
    • Brain mets (headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, confusion, personality changes
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Clinical Presentation
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes (10%)
    • Squamous cell carcinoma: hypercalcemia due to parathyroidlike hormone production.
    • Adenocarcinomas: Clubbing, hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy and the Trousseau syndrome of hypercoagulability
    • Small cell carcinomas: SIADH, Ectopic ACTH production, Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome
  • History & physical
    • Wt. loss, respiratory distress
    • Lymphadenopathy
    • Horner syndrome
    • SVC syndrome (usually SCLC)
    • Absence of breath sounds, dullness, pleural effusions
    • Bone pain
    • Neurological deficits
  • CXR
  • Sputum cytologic studies: centrally located endobronchial tumors exfoliate malignant cells into sputum
  • Thoracentesis
  • FNAB
  • Bronchoscopy with BAL, brushings, biopsies
  • Staging work-up
    • Local extent
    • Distant spread
  • In the United States, the standard staging workup includes at least the following:
    • Complete history and physical examination
    • CT scan of the chest and upper abdomen (including liver and adrenals)
    • Complete blood cell counts
    • Liver and kidney functions tests
    • Serum electrolytes
  • Local extent
    • Cervical mediastinoscopy
    • Left anterior mediastinotomy
  • Distant spread
    • CT or Ultrasound of the abdomen
      • liver, adrenals
    • Bone scan
    • CT head
    • MRI
    • PET scan
  • Functional Evaluation
    • Evaluation of performance and pulmonary status should be completed before discussing treatment options
    • Pulmonary function testing, specifically forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and carbon monoxide diffusion in the lung (DLCO) measurements, is a helpful predictor of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing lung resection
  • Functional Evaluation
    • Patients with an FEV1 or DLCO value less than 80 percent of predicted require additional testing.
    • calculation of postresection pulmonary reserve (with ventilation and perfusion scans or by accounting for the number of segments removed); cardiopulmonary exercise testing; and arterial blood gas sampling
    • Patients with a predicted postoperative FEV1 or DLCO value less than 40 percent and a VO2max value less than 10 mL per kg per minute or an SaO2 value less than 90 percent are at high risk of perioperative death or complications