Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in both men and women. Standard therapies for lung cancer typically include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. In recent years new anticancer drugs, better staging and imaging techniques, new surgical procedures, and combined approaches have shown promise in the treatment of these cancers. There are two major types of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Treatment depends on the type of lung cancer patient have. The treatment for non small cell lung cancer is different from the treatment for small cell lung cancer.  Cancer specialist looks at a number of factors that help them to plan the treatment. These include:

  • The type of lung cancer 
  • Where the cancer is within the lung
  • general health
  • Whether the cancer has spread (the stage)
  • Results of blood tests and scans

A diverse team of specialists including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonary experts, radiologists, pathologists together to plan and tailor a course of treatment for each patient based on their specific lung cancer diagnosis.
What is the main cause of lung cancer?

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Scientists have reported widely on the link between cancer and smoking since the 1960s..

FAQs

What are the possible signs of lung cancer?

The possible signs of lung cancer are:

  1. a cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time
  2. constant chest pain
  3. coughing up blood
  4. shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
  5. Weight loss

Is there a risk of lung cancer from exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos is used in shipbuilding, asbestos mining and manufacturing, insulation work, and brake repair If inhaled, asbestos particles can lodge in the lungs, damaging cells and increasing the risk for lung cancer.

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