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Adenoma Treatment - Surgery

If a person has been diagnosed with bronchial adenoma, the tumor is removed through bronchoscopic surgery; open lung surgery; or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a form of minimally invasive surgery.

Bronchoscopic surgery may be performed if the tumor is small and limited to the airways. In this surgery, the tumor may not be completely removed. Also, the chances of profuse bleeding are higher. Therefore, bronchoscopic surgery for tumor removal is only recommended in people who cannot undergo open lung surgery or VATS because of other health conditions.

The tumor can also be ablated through the bronchoscope using a laser. However, this method is not recommended as a primary mode of tumor removal and is usually used only for recurrent tumors.

Next Steps

Outlook

Following surgical resection (removal), the overall 5-year survival rate for people with bronchial adenoma is about 95%. Long-term follow-up studies in most series report little evidence of local recurrence or distant metastases following surgical removal of bronchial adenoma. However, a few reports exist of local recurrence or distant metastases following adequate resection.

Overall, the long-term prognosis for people with bronchial adenoma is excellent; therefore, limited resection should be used whenever possible.

For More Information

American Cancer Society
National Home Office
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(800) ACS-2345
www.cancer.org

American Lung Association
55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601
Lung HelpLine: (800) 548-8252 
To contact the office nearest you: (800) LUNG-USA (586-4872)
www.lung.org

National Cancer Institute, Cancer Information Service
BG 9609 MSC 9760
9609 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-9760  
(800) 4-CANCER (422-6237)
www.cancer.gov

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Cancer.Net
www.cancer.net

Multimedia

Media file 1: Bronchial adenoma. Large well-circumscribed mass in the periphery of the right upper lobe later was determined to be a neurilemoma (a benign nerve tissue tumor).

Bronchial Adenoma X-ray

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Synonyms and Keywords

bronchial adenoma, endobronchial neuroendocrine tumor, Kulchitsky tumor, bronchial carcinoid, bronchial gland tumor, mucous gland carcinoma, mucous gland adenomas, mucoepidermoid carcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, cylindromas, small cell undifferentiated carcinoma, malignant lung neoplasms, seromucinous tumor, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, solitary pulmonary nodules, bronchoscopy, bronchoscopic surgery, open lung surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery, VATS

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Reviewed on June 03, 2014
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