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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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 19761 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Correlation of quantified metabolic activity in nonsmall cell lung cancer with tumor size and tumor pathological characteristics.
 

Author(s): Mehrdad Bakhshayesh Karam, Abtin Doroudinia, Bahareh Behzadi, Payam Mehrian, Abbas Yousefi Koma

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(32):e11628.

 

The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) with tumor size and tumor pathological characteristics as well as suggesting equations between SUVmax and tumor size in patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to help ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Presence of lung cancer and high gender, age, and physiology score as predictors of acute exacerbation in combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema: A retrospective study.
 

Author(s): Jee Youn Oh, Young Seok Lee, Kyung Hoon Min, Gyu Young Hur, Sung Yong Lee, Kyung Ho Kang, Jae Jeong Shim

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(31):e11683.

 

Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema (CPFE) patients visit hospitals frequently due to acute exacerbations (AEs); however, the predictors of CPFE AE have not been comprehensively described in literature. Thus, we investigated the predicting factors of AE in CPFE patients.We retrospectively ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Organizing pneumonia resembling disease progression in a non-small-cell lung cancer patient receiving ceritinib: A case report.
 

Author(s): Sun M Lim, Hee-Jung An, Hyung S Park, Hyeong J Kwon, Eun Y Kim, Jin Hur, Yong W Moon

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(31):e11646.

 

Echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4-anaplastic lymphoma kinase (EML4-ALK), a distinct molecular entity, is highly sensitive to ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) such as crizotinib or ceritinib. Interstitial lung disease is a rare (1.2%) pulmonary toxicity that can ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Lung Cancer" returned 2308 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Prognostic role of snail in lung cancer: Protocol for a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Meng Li, Xing Zhang, Kaiwen Hu, Meiling Shi, Guangtong Dong, Daorui Li, Peitong Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul;97(28):e11539.

 

Increasing studies were performed to explore the prognostic value of snail in lung cancer (LC), however, with inconsistent results. Hence, this systematic review is aimed to evaluate the prognostic role of snail in patients with LC.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A meta-analysis of the relationship between environmental tobacco smoke and lung cancer risk of nonsmoker in China.
 

Author(s): Lin Sheng, Jun-Wei Tu, Jiang-Hua Tian, Hui-Jun Chen, Chu-Li Pan, Ren-Zhi Zhou

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul;97(28):e11389.

 

To investigate the association between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (EVT) and the incidence of lung cancer (LC) in nonsmoking adults.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Non-small cell lung cancer brain metastases and the immune system: From brain metastases development to treatment.
 

Author(s): Elie El Rassy, Angela Botticella, Joseph Kattan, Cecile Le Péchoux, Benjamin Besse, Lizza Hendriks

Journal: Cancer Treat. Rev.. 2018 Jul;68():69-79.

 

Brain metastases (BM) are diagnosed frequently in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Despite the high incidence of BM (up to 40% in unselected patients), patients with untreated and/or unstable BM were excluded from pivotal immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) NSCLC trials. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

PET/CT Based Radiomics for Lung Cancer (PERL)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 3 May 2018

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Last Updated: 23 May 2018

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Hybrid APC Therapy in Early Central Lung Cancer
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 17 Jul 2018

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