Lung cancer continues to plague our society and attacks people from all walks of life. Rates of lung cancer are rising all the time, as the legacy of smoking and pollution from decades past comes due. There are over a hundred kinds of cancer; cancer that starts in the lungs is called lung cancer, even if it metastasizes (spreads) to other parts of the body.
Do you have lung cancer or do you know someone who does? You are not alone. Lung cancer is unfortunately common, afflicting over a million people a year worldwide and over 200,000 in the United States every year. No other form of cancer causes as many deaths.
Medical treatment is available for lung cancer patients. Oncologists - doctors who specialize in cancer – have an arsenal of tools they can employ to fight the cancer. Common treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. As the medical community gets more experience in treatment and as research scientists delve deeper into the physiology, pathology, and biochemistry of lung cancer, breakthroughs could result in new and more effective treatment options.
How do you know if you have lung cancer? Unfortunately, the disease is often diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage. The symptoms of lung cancer are the same as those for many diseases – chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood. In about a quarter of cases, the patient has no apparent symptoms when the cancer is picked up on an X-ray or CT scan. Only a doctor and modern diagnostic techniques can establish that you have lung cancer and not something else. More on diagnosis of lung cancer.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, but other factors, especially in combination with smoking, may contribute to a lung cancer diagnosis. People exposed to hazardous materials on the job, while in military service, and just in normal life are at increased risk of lung cancer. Were you exposed to asbestos? To beryllium? To excessive amounts of smoke from burning chemicals on the job? Any or all of these exposures in combination may have been causes of your lung cancer.
Veterans exposed to Agent Orange and depleted uranium, homeowners with radon in their basements, and construction workers who dealt with asbestos materials have developed lung cancer because of their exposure to hazardous materials.
Your medical treatment should be your first priority. Your oncologist will create a lung cancer treatment plan that depends on your overall health and the stage of your cancer. Small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancers grow and spread through the body in different ways and require different treatment. Ask your doctor what treatment plan is right for you. For a FREE information packet that includes a list of questions to ask your doctor as well as other information on lung cancer, contact us at 1-800-258-1054.
A lung cancer diagnosis is costly both emotionally and financially. Families often experience rising medical bills, out of pocket expenses, lost wages, and loss of benefits which can destroy a lifetime of hard work. Don't use your own resources when other financial options may be available to you and your loved ones. Call 1-800-258-1054 for a FREE evaluation of your case.