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 12793 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Rociletinib in EGFR-Mutated Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer.
 

Author(s): Lecia V Sequist, Lindsey Rolfe, Andrew R Allen

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2015 Aug;373(6):578-9.

 

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2015

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Thoracoscopic Azygos Vein Lobe Resection in a Patient with Synchronous Right and Left Lung Cancer.
 

Author(s): Michael Papiashvili, Henri Hayat, Letizia Schreiber, Israel E Priel

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2015 Jun;17(6):387-8.

 

Last Updated: 3 Aug 2015

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[Imaging protocols for the management of respiratory motions in the radiotherapy planning for early stage lung cancer patients].
 

Author(s): Tamás Pócza, Csilla Pesznyák, József Lövey, András Bajcsay, András Szilágyi, Balázs Almády, Tibor Major, Csaba Polgár

Journal: Magy Onkol. 2015 Jun;59(2):133-8.

 

The aim of our work is to present the imaging techniques used at the National Institute of Oncology for taking into consideration the breathing motion at radiation therapy treatment planning. Internationally recommended imaging techniques, such as 4D CT, respiratory gating and ITV ...

Last Updated: 3 Jun 2015

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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 1425 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[New trends and novel possibilities in the radiodiagnosis of lung cancer].
 

Author(s): Zsuzsanna Monostori

Journal: Magy Onkol. 2015 Mar;59(1):37-43.

 

In recent years there have been significant changes in the management of lung cancer. In 2009 a new staging system became effective while in 2011 a new adenocarcinoma classification was introduced. Molecular biology, genetics with hybrid multimodal imaging progressed greatly. New ...

Last Updated: 13 Mar 2015

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[Carcinogenesis of non small cell lung cancer and therapeutic implications].
 

Author(s): Mona Mlika, Aida Ayadi-Kaddour, Soumeya Laabidi, Sadok Boudaya, Hamouda Boussen, Faouzi El Mezni

Journal: Tunis Med. 2014 Jun;92(6):368-72.

 

The occurrence of a lung cancer is a consequence of a long-lasting process dealing with a transformation of a normal cell to a malignant one. The four steps of transformation reflect the genetic modifications of the cells. The molecular studies of pre-invasive lesions have already ...

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2015

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Genetic polymorphisms and non-small-cell lung cancer: future paradigms.
 

Author(s): Ramon Andrade Bezerra de Mello

Journal: Einstein (Sao Paulo). ;12(4):524-6.

 

This article addresses some current issues about genetic polymorphisms studied in the non-small-cell lung cancer translational field. Furthermore, it discusses about new potential biomarkers regarding lung cancer risk and prognosis.

Last Updated: 28 Jan 2015

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Study of Ponatinib in Patients With Lung Cancer Preselected Using Different Candidate Predictive Biomarkers
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adenocarcinoma of the Lung; Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer; Limited Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer; Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIA Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2015

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Modulation of Autophagy in Patients With Advanced/Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer - Phase II
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 10 Jun 2015

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Hypofractionated Boost Before Chemoradiation for Patients With Stage II-III Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Unsuitable for Surgery
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIA Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIB Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIA Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2014

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