Bronchoalveolar Cell Carcinoma

Bronchoalveolar Cell Carcinoma (BAC) is a relatively uncommon lung cancer (about 3% of cases.) This subtype of non-small cell cancer develops in the small air sacs (alveoli) in the outer regions of the lungs. The behavior of BAC is unpredictable and can range anywhere from a slowly growing progressive tumor to a rapidly growing cancer.

Symptoms

  • Coughing (can be chronic, dry, with phlegm or blood)
  • Chest or rib pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or hoarseness
  • Repeated respiratory infections
  • Fatigue, loss of appetite

Treatment

Surgery is one treatment of choice for BAC. There is a chance that it can be cured when a tumor can be removed. Chemotherapy is another option, but has signaled to be less effective for treating this type of cancer.

Dr. Mike Czarnecki, "The Lung Doc", is a pulmonary health expert who has been providing personalized care to those in need for ten years. To speak with someone, please request an appointment online or call us at (423) 710-3864.