Lung Cancer

Common Name(s)

Lung Cancer, Cancer, Lung

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lung, often in the branching tube-like airways called the bronchi. The major types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Within non-small cell lung cancer, there are sub-types, including large-cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lung develop mutations that cause the cells to divide rapidly and resist death. Tumors may result.

Signs of lung cancer include a frequent raspy cough, hacking, wheeziness, hoarseness, chest pain, shortness of breath, bloody mucus, difficulty swallowing, recurring lung infections, neck and face swelling, body pain, headaches, fever, weakness, weight loss, and loss of appetite.

Most lung cancers are caused by smoking. Other risk factors include inhaling second-hand smoke; asbestos, radon, and uranium dust exposure; a personal history of lung disease or infection; and a family history of lung cancer. There is some evidence that a diet high in fat and cholesterol may increase the risk of developing lung cancer.

Several tests are used to diagnose lung cancer. In a procedure called a bronchoscopy, a doctor places a narrow tube with a camera down the nose and air passages to view the lung. A biopsy can then collect and analyze lung tissue to check for cancer cells. Blood tests, X-ray imaging, computed tomography (CT) scans, PET scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also be used in diagnosis. Fluid may be removed from the lung with a needle and tested for cancer cells in a procedure called thoracentesis.

Treatment for lung cancer often involves surgical removal of parts of the lung. Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may also be used. Cancer pain medication can help alleviate symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are available for more resources and information.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Lung Cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Free to Breathe

Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. Free to Breathe is dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2014

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Lung Cancer Foundation of America

LCFA’s mission is the dramatic improvement in survivorship of lung cancer patients through the funding of transformative science, with the ultimate goal of curing the disease. To accomplish this, LCFA will work to raise both the funds and the national profile of lung cancer in order to substantially increase support of innovative and groundbreaking research efforts.

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2014

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Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

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The bonnie j addario lung cancer foundation

Eradicating Lung Cancer with our patients, survivors, and their families through research, early detection, awareness, education, prevention, and treatment.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Lung Cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

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Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Free to Breathe

Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. Free to Breathe is dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

http://www.freetobreathe.org

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2014

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support.

http://www.lungcanceralliance.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Lung Cancer Foundation of America

LCFA’s mission is the dramatic improvement in survivorship of lung cancer patients through the funding of transformative science, with the ultimate goal of curing the disease. To accomplish this, LCFA will work to raise both the funds and the national profile of lung cancer in order to substantially increase support of innovative and groundbreaking research efforts.

http://www.LCFAmerica.org

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2014

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Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

http://stupidcancer.org

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

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The bonnie j addario lung cancer foundation

Eradicating Lung Cancer with our patients, survivors, and their families through research, early detection, awareness, education, prevention, and treatment.

http://www.lungcancerfoundation.org

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Lung Cancer" returned 17660 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Management of Resistance to EGFR TKI-Targeted Therapy of Lung Cancer: Lessons in Monitoring Cancer Evolution.
 

Author(s): Arkadiusz Z Dudek

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2016 Jul;30(7):616-8.

 

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2016

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[Investigation and analysis for impact factors of distress in patients with first diagnosed lung cancer].
 

Author(s): Q Q Mou, C H Yu, J Y Li

Journal: Beijing Da Xue Xue Bao. 2016 Jun;48(3):507-14.

 

To study the impact factors of psychological distress in patients with first diagnosed lung cancer.

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2016

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Adrenal Insufficiency Associated with Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Case Report and Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Shingo Noguchi, Ryo Torii, Ikuko Shimabukuro, Kei Yamasaki, Takashi Kido, Chiharu Yoshii, Hiroshi Mukae, Kazuhiro Yatera

Journal: J. UOEH. 2016 Jun;38(2):155-62.

 

A 78-year-old Japanese man with fatigue, appetite loss, skin hyperpigmentation, hypotension and hypoglycemia, visited our hospital to evaluate an abnormal chest X-ray and adrenal gland swelling in echography in February 2015. Chest computed tomography showed a mass lesion in the right ...

Last Updated: 15 Jun 2016

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Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Lung Cancer" returned 1984 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Clinical value of Tongguanteng (Radix seu Herba Marsdeniae Tenacissimae) extract combined with chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer: a Meta-analysis].
 

Author(s): Haiming Zhang, Junli Zhang, Hao Ding, Rui Chen, Fengxia Liang

Journal: J Tradit Chin Med. 2016 Jun;36(3):261-70.

 

To investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of Tongguanteng (Radix seu Herba Marsdeniae Tenacissimae) extract combined with chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NCSLC) compared with chemotherapy alone.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2016

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Attacking a Moving Target: Understanding Resistance and Managing Progression in EGFR-Positive Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors.
 

Author(s): Benjamin P Levy, Parth Rao, Daniel J Becker, Kevin Becker

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2016 Jul;30(7):601-12.

 

Multiple randomized studies have demonstrated improved response rates, progression-free survival, and quality of life for treatment-naive, advanced-stage adenocarcinoma patients harboring sensitizing EGFR mutations when they are treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, as compared ...

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2016

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Third-generation inhibitors targeting EGFR T790M mutation in advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
 

Author(s): Shuhang Wang, Shundong Cang, Delong Liu

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The tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are widely used in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, EGFR T790M mutation leads to resistance to most clinically available EGFR TKIs. Third-generation EGFR TKIs against the ...

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2016

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Molecular Predictors of Cancer in Patients at High Risk of Lung Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 12 Jul 2016

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2016

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