Sanjay Dutt tweeted that he is taking a short break from work for some medical treatment, people got worried and started speculating. Sanjay Dutt’s tryst with drugs is known to all. As per reports, he was taken to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital when he complained of chest discomfort and breathlessness. He tested negative for COVID and soon got discharged which was followed by his post on social media. News confirms that the 61 years old actor is indeed suffering from Stage 3 lung cancer. He will soon be flying to the US for treatment.
For the unversed, lung cancer is among the leading causes of cancer deaths in both men and women. As is known cancer occurs when cells in a person’s body grow out of control. When the cancer starts in the lungs, it is referred to as lung cancer. This type of cancer may often spread to lymph nodes or other organs in the body. And many times, cancer, which originally starts in some other organ, can also spread to the lungs.
It is widely known that people who smoke are more prone to lung cancer. In fact, many times people exposed to secondhand smoke can also have lung cancer (due to prolonged exposure). When one smokes, it gradually damages cells in the lungs lining.
Cigarettes have carcinogens and that’s the reason there is enough warning about the ill effects of the poor lifestyle habit. Smoking can lead to change in lung tissues almost as soon as you start smoking. Having said that, lung cancer can also happen to people who have never smoked.
The body’s natural defence mechanism tries to repair the damage but with prolonged exposure, the cells that line the lungs get increasingly damaged and eventually it can lead to cancer. The stage of the cancer is diagnosed by three key criteria called TNM. T refers to tumour, N refers to Nodes and M refers to Metastasis. It is medically found out how big is the tumour (T), where it is, how near it is to the lymph nodes (N), and how far (M) has the cancer spread from its original spot.
In fact Stage 3 cancer can also be split in three groups – Stage IIIA, Stage IIIB and Stage IIIC. Stage A is when the tumors (or tumor) are present in only the lung. It may have affected tissues nearby but hasn’t yet reached other organs. Stage B is when there are tumours in the same lung but they have spread to lymph nodes above the collarbone and may have also spread to the other side of the chest – however, they haven’t yet reached other organs. Stage C is the most advanced stage where the lung cancer has spread to lymph nodes above the collarbone and also to the opposite side of the chest. At this stage, it could have reached the chest wall, breastbone or other nearby tissues.
Symptoms of lung cancer
Lung cancer doesn’t show any visible signs or symptoms when it is in the early stages. The common signs can be
A persistent cough that refuses to go away
Coughing up blood
Unexplained weight loss
Pain in the bones
If you experience these signs persistently, it is always advised to visit a doctor.