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Medical Reference Related to Lung Cancer

  1. Lung Cancer Prevention

    The lungs are part of the respiratory system. Their function is to supply oxygen to the blood while removing carbon dioxide. Lung cancer may spread to the lymph nodes or other tissues in the chest (including the other lung). In many cases,lung cancer may also spread to other organs of the body,such as the bones,brain,or liver. Significance of lung cancer Lung cancer is the leading cause ...

  2. Questions or Comments About This Summary

    If you have questions or comments about this summary,please send them to Cancer.gov through the Web site’s Contact Form. We can respond only to email messages written in English. ...

  3. Stage Information for Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Staging procedures for small cell lung cancer (SCLC) are important in distinguishing patients with disease limited to their thorax from those with distant metastases. Determining the stage of cancer allows an assessment of prognosis and a determination of treatment,particularly when chest radiation therapy or surgical excision is added to chemotherapy for patients with limited-stage disease ...

  4. Changes to This Summary (11 / 02 / 2012)

    The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above. Changes were made to this summary to match those made to the health professional version.

  5. Occult NSCLC Treatment

    In occult lung cancer,a diagnostic evaluation often includes chest x-ray and selective bronchoscopy with close follow-up (e.g.,computed tomography scan),when needed,to define the site and nature of the primary tumor; tumors discovered in this fashion are generally early stage and curable by surgery. After discovery of the primary tumor,treatment involves establishing the stage of the tumor. ...

  6. Stage IIIA NSCLC Treatment

    Patients with stage IIIA NSCLC are a heterogenous group. Patients may have metastases to ipsilateral mediastinal nodes,potentially resectable T3 tumors invading chest wall,or mediastinal involvement with metastases to peribronchial or hilar lymph nodes (N1). Presentations of disease range from resectable tumors with microscopic metastases to lymph nodes to unresectable,bulky disease ...

  7. Treatment Options for Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Treatment of recurrent small cell lung cancer may include the following: Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Chemotherapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Laser therapy,surgical placement of devices to keep the airways open,and/or internal radiation therapy,as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and ...

  8. Limited-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment

    Standard Treatment Options for Patients With Limited-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Standard treatment options for patients with limited-stage SCLC include the following: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Combination chemotherapy alone. Surgery followed by chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy. Prophylactic cranial irradiation. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy Combined-modality treatment ...

  9. Treatment Options by Stage

    Occult Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment of occult non-small cell lung cancer depends on where the cancer has spread. It can usually be cured by surgery. Stage 0 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment of stage 0 non-small cell lung cancer may include the following: Surgery (wedge resection or segmental resection). Photodynamic therapy using an endoscope. Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer ...

  10. Changes to This Summary (02 / 19 / 2013)

    The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above. General Information About Small Cell Lung CancerUpdated statistics with estimated new cases and deaths for 2013 (cited American Cancer Society as reference 3).This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.

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