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“The therapeutic strategy depends on the type of cancer, its extent and the patient’s general state of health.”

Dr Thierry Berghmans,
Head of the Thoracic Oncology Clinic

How we treat cancers of the lungs and thoracic cavity

Thanks to extensive internal and external collaboration, the Institut Bordet is able to treat all cancers of the thoracic cavity, including lung cancer.

Several types of cancer can develop in the thorax: small and large cell lung (or “bronchial”) cancer, pulmonary metastases originating in other primary tumours and rare tumours such as cancer of the thymus, mesothelioma, pleura, etc.

The diagnostic phase is divided into 3 parts, generally carried out concurrently:

  1. A biopsy to reveal the nature of the tumour. In the case of bronchial tumours, this tissue sample is usually removed via a bronchoscopy for bronchial tumours.
  2. Medical imaging examinations aimed at establishing the extent (stage) of the cancer and to look for any possible metastases. The patient may have a thoracic CT (computerised tomography) scan, a PET scan (positron emission tomography), MRI scan, etc.
  3. Cardiac, respiratory (pulmonary function) and blood function tests to help determine the patient’s fitness to undergo the different types of treatment.