Radon gas is a risk factor for developing lung cancer.
But smoking is the greatest risk factor for lungcancer. The risk of lung
cancer is increased for people who smoke, are exposed to secondhand smoke, and
also have radon contact. The risk of radon-related lung cancer is higher for smokers than nonsmokers.
Everyone has some contact to radon. Radon is a gas that is released
from rock and soil and is present in the air. In closed spaces, such as caves,
mines, and energy-efficient homes, radon levels can increase because the gas
cannot freely exchange with outdoor air.
Chemotherapy is being used in new ways to treat non-small cell lung cancer
(NCSLC). Until a few years ago, only patients with late-stage lung cancer
received chemotherapy to help prolong life. Now, chemotherapy is given at
earlier stages, in addition to other treatments, to slow the progression of
cancer and to help cure the disease.
“Chemotherapy has dramatically improved in the last decade,” says George R.
Simon, MD, FACP, FCCP, director of thoracic oncology Fox Chase Cancer Center in