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    1. How Can I Prevent Lung Cancer?

      Can I prevent lung cancer? Find out about the best ways to lower your risk.

    2. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI] - 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

    3. Lung Surgery for Lung Cancer

      Surgery to remove all or part of a lung involves making a cut on one side of your chest (thorax) during a procedure called a thoracotomy.

    4. 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

    5. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Prevention

      Learn about lung cancer, risk factors, and how to reduce risks.

    6. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI] - What Increases Your Risk

      Information about what causes lung cancer and what the major risk factors are.

    7. Lung Cancer - Symptoms

      You may not have any symptoms of lung cancer, or you may have symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath that you think are related to a respiratory illness.

    8. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Overview

      Treatment for lung cancer depends on the stage of your cancer and may include surgery to remove the cancer, radiation therapy, or medications (chemotherapy). Learn more.

    9. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI] - 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.

    10. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI] - Exams and Tests

      To determine whether lung cancer may be causing your respiratory symptoms, your health professional will evaluate your: Medical history, including your smoking history and any symptoms you have now. Exposure to environmental and work substances. Family hi

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