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Lung Cancer Basics

Lung cancer arises when a series of mutations in normal lung cells cause them to become abnormal and grow out of control. These changes can take place anywhere from the bronchus (the windpipe), down to the small air sacs in the periphery of the lungs where oxygenation takes place.
  1. Complications (1)
  2. Lung Cancer FAQ (6)
  3. Lung Cancer Facts (9)
  4. Respiratory Symptoms (16)
  5. Respiratory System Function (3)
  6. Survival Rates (5)
  7. Symptoms (20)
  8. Uncommon Symptoms (1)

What is Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Learning the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of lung cancer can make this frightening and complex diagnosis easier to understand.

Facts About Lung Cancer
Facts about lung cancer can be saddening as we look at the high numbers of people affected and the low survival rate. What are some general facts about lung cancer?

Lung Cancer Statistics - Overview of Lung Cancer Statistics
Lung cancer statistics are alarming and saddening. What are the statistics about lung cancer?

Lung Cancer Survival Rates
Lung cancer survival rates differ by type and stage, and are affected by many factors. What are average survival rates for lung cancer?

Top 10 Lung Cancer Myths
Myths about the causes and treatment of lung cancer abound. Some of these are of academic interest only, but others may prevent individuals from seeking proper treatment -- such as a woman who told me she didnt want potentially curative lung cancer surgery because her tumor would be exposed to air and spread. What is fact, and what is...

Lung Cancer Screening - CT Screening for Lung Cancer - The Issues
CT screening for lung cancer has the potential to save lives. Yet, screening for lung cancer with CT scans has risks as well. Issues include errors that result in unnecessary workup and surgeries, radiation exposure from CT scans, and cost.

How is Lung Cancer Different in Non-Smokers?
Lung cancer in non-smokers is a different disease in many ways. What are the statistics, causes, and how is treatment and survival different in non-smokers with lung cancer?

Lung Cancer Survival Rates by Type and Stage
What are lung cancer survival rates? What are lung cancer survival rates for different types and stages of lung cancer?

Lung Cancer Survival Rates
What are lung cancer survival rates? What is the definition, why are they important, and what affects lung cancer survival rates?

What is a Mediastinoscopy
Mediastinoscopy is a procedure that may be done to help stage lung cancer. What is a mediastinoscopy, what can you expect, and what are possible complications of a mediastinoscopy?

Famous People With Lung Cancer
This photo gallery is a tribute to some famous people with lung cancer. As the leading cause of cancer deaths, many famous people have died from lung cancer and left us with stories and memories.

Lung Cancer in Women
Lung cancer in women is different than lung cancer in men. How do the statistics, causes, symptoms, treatment, and survival differ for lung cancer in women?

Early Symptoms of Lung Cancer - What Were Your Early Symptoms…
Having an awareness of the early symptoms of lung cancer increases the chance that lung cancer will be found at an earlier, more curable stage. What were your early symptoms of lung cancer?

Early Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Until we have a screening test for everyone for lung cancer, we have to rely on symptoms. Since lung cancer is most curable in the early stages, an awareness of some of the early symptoms is important.

What is an Endobronchial Ultrasound?
Endobronchial ultrasound is a technique that is sometimes used to help diagnose and stage lung cancer. What is an endobronchial ultrasound?

Tour The Respiratory System - Learn How Your Lungs Work
Are you confused by those anatomy terms your doctor uses when talking about your cancer? Take a tour of the respiratory system, and learn how your lungs work.

Can I Do Anything to Prevent Hair Loss From Chemotherapy?
Can I prevent hair loss during chemotherapy? Hair loss during chemotherapy is common, and current methods to prevent hair loss, when effective, carry other concerns as well.

I already have lung cancer. Is it worth it to quit smoking?
Does it help to quit smoking with lung cancer? Can smoking interfere with surgery or other treatments for lung cancer? Quitting smoking improves the success of lung cancer surgery and treatment and lowers the risk of death from other causes.

Inoperable Lung Cancer - What Does Inoperable Mean?
My doctor says my lung cancer is inoperable. Read on to learn what inoperable lunch cancer means and what can be done to treat inoperable lung cancer.

Gender and Lung Cancer
Women are different than men with lung cancer. Differences between women and men with lung cancer include the incidence, response to treatment and survival rate. Women have a higher survival rate from lung cancer at all stages of the disease.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Specific and general symptoms related to lung cancer, the different symptoms that may be present when cancer spreads, and some unusual symptoms specific to certain lung cancers

Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
Do the terms sputum cytology, bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, thoracotomy and mediastinoscopy sound foreign? Read on to learn what each test is and how they are used to diagnose lung cancer.

Treatment of Lung Cancer
Depending upon type and stage of your cancer, treatment options may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Newer targeted therapies, clinical trials, and complimentary medicine offer additional approaches in treating lung cancer.

Does Air Pollution Cause Lung Cancer?
Do studies suggest that air pollution causes lung cancer?

What are the Different Phases of Clinical Trials?
There are 3 phases of clinical trials before a treatment is considered for FDA approval. What are the different phases of clinical trials?

Lung Cancer Warning Signs
Lung cancer warning signs may be obvious, or subtle and easily attributed to something else. What are lung cancer warning signs you should never ignore?

Symptoms of Lung Cancer in Women
Symptoms of lung cancer in women can differ from symptoms of lung cancer in men. Sometimes the symptoms of lung cancer in women are more subtle, such as shortness of breath with activity, or vague, like general fatigue. What are some common symptoms of lung cancer in women and why would they be different than lung cancer symptoms in men?

Can Shoulder Pain Be a Symptom of Lung Cancer?
Can shoulder pain can be a symptom of lung cancer? What might cause shoulder pain in lung cancer, and how is lung cancer related shoulder pain treated?

Symptoms of Lung Cancer in Men
Symptoms of lung cancer in men can differ from symptoms of lung cancer in women. What are the common symptoms and signs of lung cancer in men, and what are some symptoms of lung cancer in men that aren’t always obvious?

How I Help Raise Lung Cancer Awareness
Many people are devoting time and energy to lung cancer awareness. What have you, or your organization done to raise awareness about lung cancer? Please share your story. See submissions

What is Stage 1 Lung Cancer Life Expectancy?
What is stage 1 lung cancer life expectancy? Stage 1 life expectancy can vary among different people. What affects stage 1 life expectancy and what are the statistics?

What Is Performance Status?
A good performance status is needed for many cancer trials. What is performance status?

What Is Stage 3 Lung Cancer Life Expectancy?
What is stage 3 lung cancer life expectancy? Stage 3 lung cancer life expectancy can vary among different people. What affects stage 3 life expectancy and what are the statistics?

Coughing up Blood - Stories About Coughing up Blood
Coughing up blood is a frightening experience. Even though most of the time it is due to something such as irritation or an infection, several tests are often done to look for more serious causes. Share your experience about coughing up blood.

What We Did to Fight for a Lung Cancer Cure
What have you or your organization done to fight for a lung cancer cure? What have the results been? Share your story for others interested in fighting for a lung cancer cure.

What is Stage 4 Lung Cancer Life Expectancy?
What is stage 4 lung cancer life expectancy? Stage 4 life expectancy can vary among different people. What affects stage 4 life expectancy and what are the statistics?

What Kind of Cancer Did Paul Newman Die From?
What kind of cancer did Paul Newman die from?

Lung Cancer Symptoms - What Symptoms Led to Your Diagnosis of…
Symptoms of lung cancer can include a cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain, but some people have vague symptoms of fatigue or even knee pain that leads to the diagnosis. What symptoms led you to see a doctor for lung cancer?

How Many People Die From Lung Cancer Each Year?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Here are the most recent statistics on how many people die from lung cancer each year.

Causes of Lung Nodules – Possible Causes of Lung Nodules
Causes of Lung Nodules – Possible Causes of Lung Nodules

Most Common Cancer – What Is the Most Common Cancer
Most Common Cancer – What Is the Most Common Cancer

What Is Primary Lung Cancer?
Your doctor may use the term primary cancer when talking about your lung cancer. What is primary lung cancer?

Symptoms of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
The symptoms of lung cancer in non-smokers may be different from those in people who smoke. What symptoms should you be aware of?

Lung Pain
What causes lung pain? Though the term lung pain isn’t entirely accurate – the lungs don’t have pain receptors – many people experience pain that feels like it is in the lungs. What should you know if you are experiencing lung pain?

Multiple Lung Nodules
Multiple lung nodules on a scan of your lungs can be caused by many conditions. What might be the cause and what can you expect if your doctor finds that you have multiple lung nodules?

Lung Mass - Possible Causes and What to Expect
If you’ve been told that you have a lung mass, you probably feel confused and frightened. What might be the causes of a lung mass, and what can you expect in the days ahead?

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