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    Medical Reference Related to Lung Cancer

    1. Lung Cancer - What Increases Your Risk

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

    2. 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.

    3. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient 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.

    4. Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional 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.

    5. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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

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

      Tools to help you make decisions about lung cancer care.

    9. 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

    10. Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - 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

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