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  1. Types of Lung Cancer

    Learn more from WebMD about different types of lung cancers, their characteristics and prevalence.

  2. Stages of Lung Cancer

    Learn more from WebMD about staging of lung cancer.

  3. Lung Cancer Statistics

    Lung cancer kills more people worldwide than other cancers. WebMD takes a look at lung cancer statistics.

  4. Small-Cell Lung Cancer

    Learn more from WebMD about small-cell lung cancer, including its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment, and where to find support.

  5. Lung Cancer - Health Tools

    Tools to help you make decisions about lung cancer care.

  6. Lung Cancer Screening - Topic Overview

    Screening tests help your doctor look for a problem before you have symptoms. This increases your chances of finding the problem early, when it's more treatable.Studies don't show that routine screening for lung cancer is right for most people. But it may help those who have the highest risk for lung cancer—people 55 and older who are or were heavy smokers.Lung cancer screening is done with a low-dose CT scan. A CT scan uses X-rays, or radiation, to make detailed pictures of your body. Who should be screened for lung cancer?Annual lung screening is only recommended for heavy smokers. That means people with a smoking history of at least 30 pack years. A pack year is a way to measure how heavy a smoker you are or were. To figure out your pack years, multiply how many packs a day (assuming 20 cigarettes per pack) you smoke by how many years you have smoked. For example:If you smoked 1 pack a day for 15 years, that's 1 times 15. So you have a smoking history of 15 pack years.If you

  7. Lung Cancer - Other Treatment

    Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may come from a machine outside the body (external radiation therapy) or from putting materials that produce radiation (radioisotopes) into the body.

  8. Lung Cancer - Home Treatment

    During treatment for any stage of lung cancer, you can manage some side effects that may accompany lung cancer or cancer treatment. If your doctor has given you instructions or medications to treat these symptoms, be sure to follow them. In general, healt

  9. Lung Cancer - Medications

    Chemotherapy uses powerful medications to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is the most effective therapy for small cell lung cancer, but it cures lung cancer in only a small number of people

  10. Lung Cancer - When To Call a Doctor

    If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, be sure to follow your health professional's instructions about calling when you have problems, new symptoms, or symptoms that get worse.

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