If you have been diagnosed with Occupational Adenocarcinoma within the last 3 years and it is associated with your past or present employment then contact LPS today.
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What is Adenocarcinoma?
Lung adenocarcinoma is a form of non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancers account for 80% of lung cancers, and of these, roughly 50% are adenocarcinomas.
Lung adenocarcinomas usually begin in tissues that lie near the outer parts of the lungs, and may be present for a long time before they cause symptoms and are diagnosed. Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of lung cancer found in women, and is often found in non-smokers. It is also the most common type of lung cancer in people under the age of 45 and the most common type of lung cancer among all Asians. One sub type, bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC), appears to be increasing in young, non-smoking women.
- Lung Cancer in Women
- Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
Lung adenocarcinoma has been increasing in recent years, whereas another form of non-small cell lung cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, has been decreasing. It is thought by some that the addition of filters to cigarettes allows smoke to be inhaled more deeply into the lungs where adenocarcinoma occurs.
Because lung adenocarcinoma often begins in the outer parts of the lungs, well-known symptoms of lung cancer such as a chronic cough and coughing up blood may be less common until later in the disease. Early symptoms of adenocarcinoma that may be overlooked may include fatigue, mild shortness of breath, or achiness in your back, shoulder, or chest.
Lung cancer is often first suspected when abnormalities are seen on an x-ray. Further evaluation may include:
- Chest CT Scan
- Sputum Cytology
- PET Scan - a test designed to look for actively growing tumors
Depending upon the results, your doctor will usually want to obtain a sample of tissue to confirm the diagnosis, and will order further tests to check to see if your cancer has spread.
- Understanding Your Lung Biopsy
Your doctor may also recommend that you have tests for lung markers – genetic changes that are present in some lung adenocarcinomas. These markers may help your oncologist decide which treatments are most likely to work for you.
Lung adenocarcinoma is broken down into 4 stages:
- Stage 1 – The cancer is localized within the lung and has not spread to any lymph nodes
- Stage 2 – The cancer has spread to lymph nodes or the lining of the lungs, or is in a certain area of the main bronchus
- Stage 3 – The cancer has spread to tissue near the lungs
- Stage 4 – The cancer has spread (metastasized) to another part of the body
Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer overall, but many people diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lungs have never smoked. The most common cause in non-smokers is exposure to radon in the home. Lung adenocarcinoma is a multifactorial disease, meaning that several factors may work together to cause or prevent cancer.
Exposures that could cause Adenocarcinoma?
The following lists of substances and occupations that could place you at risk is far from exhaustive, but provides an overview of some of the more common exposures that are linked with Adenocarcinoma.
Occupational substances associated with an increased risk of Adenocarcinoma
- Diesel fumes
- Natural fibres – asbestos, silica, wood dust
- Metals – aluminium, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, nickel
- Reactive chemicals – bis(chloromethyl) ether, mustard gas, vinyl chloride
- Second-hand smoke
- Solvents – benzene, toluene
Occupations associated with an increased risk of Adenocarcinoma
- Asbestos workers
- Glass manufacturing
- Masonry work
- Metal work (iron and steel foundry work)
- Truck driving
- Uranium mining
Depending upon the stage, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these. Many clinical trials are in progress looking for new ways to treat this cancer, and to help decide which treatments are most effective.
When lung adenocarcinoma is caught in the early stages, surgery may offer a chance for a cure.
Chemotherapy may be used alone, in conjunction with radiation therapy, or following surgery for lung cancer. Examples of chemotherapy medications that may be used include pemetrexed (Altima) and cisplatin (Platinol).
- Targeted Therapies
Targeted therapies are medications that are designed to attack cancer specifically. Because they work by targeting proteins on cancer cells, blocking signals that tell a cell to divide, or normal cells that have been “hijacked” by a tumour in its attempt to grow, they may have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy. Examples of targeted therapies used with adenocarcinoma include erlotinib (Tarceva), gefitinib (Iressa) and Xylori (crizotinib)
- Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy may be used to treat cancer, or to control symptoms related to the spread of cancer.
What to do now?
If you have been diagnosed with Occupational Adenocarcinoma, you may be able to claim compensation. contact LPS we work on a No Win No Fee basis so call our Industrial Disease solicitors today on 0800 996 1807, text 4myclaim to 88802, chat to us online or complete our short form now.