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Is lung cancer hard for doctors to find?

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Lung cancer is very hard for doctors to find in its early stages. Even if you have symptoms, like a cough or feeling tired, you might not feel bad enough to see a doctor. Most people are diagnosed after their disease becomes advanced. Although there’s no cure for lung cancer at this stage, there are treatments that can make symptoms easier to handle.

SOURCES:

lungcancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Lung Cancer," "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment," "Targeted therapy," "Last Days of Life–for health professionals."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Lung Cancer: The Basics," "What to Expect in End Stage Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer," "Nearing the end of life," "What happens if non-small cell lung cancer treatment is no longer working?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Towards the End of Life: What You and Your Family Can Expect."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

lungcancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Lung Cancer," "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment," "Targeted therapy," "Last Days of Life–for health professionals."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Lung Cancer: The Basics," "What to Expect in End Stage Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer," "Nearing the end of life," "What happens if non-small cell lung cancer treatment is no longer working?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Towards the End of Life: What You and Your Family Can Expect."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

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