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Lung Cancer Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Lung Cancer

  1. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional 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.

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

  3. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Topic Overview

    Learn about lung cancer -- what it is, how it develops, and about quitting smoking to reduce risk.

  4. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - What Happens

    Lung cancer may cause breathing or heart problems such as pleural effusion, which is the buildup of fluid between the outer lining of the lungs and the chest wall.

  5. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional 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

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

  7. Lung Cancer Resources

    Find out from WebMD where to find more information and support for lung cancer patients and their loved ones.

  8. Frequently Asked Questions About Lung Cancer

    These questions and answers address key issues about lung cancer.

  9. Lung Cancer Surgery

    Surgery is the preferred treatment for patients with early stage NSCLC. Unfortunately, 60-80% of all patients who have advanced or metastatic disease are not suitable for surgery.

  10. Lung Cancer Tests

    Upon hearing about the symptoms, a health care provider, whether a primary care provider or emergency department clinician, will formulate a list of possible diagnoses.

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