Non-small Cell Lung Cancer is a type of lung cancer that begins in the glandular cells of the lungs that creates and releases fluids such as mucus. While people who smoke have a higher risk of developing lung cancer, however, non-smokers can also develop this cancer. Some of the common signs and symptoms of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer include fatigue, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing up blood, and phlegm that’s brownish or reddish in color.
HOW IS NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER DIAGNOSED?
An Oncologist diagnoses Non-small Cell Lung Cancer by conducting a needle biopsy and imaging tests such as X-rays.
HOW IS NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER TREATED?
There are many different types of treatment for NSCLC. Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer. Surgery is the common treatment for NSCLC that has not spread beyond nearby lymph nodes. Radiation therapy can be used with chemotherapy if surgery is not possible. The following treatments are mostly used to relieve symptoms caused by NSCLC:
• Laser therapy - a small beam of light burns and kills cancer cells
• Photodynamic therapy - uses a light to activate a drug in the body, which kills cancer cells
DID YOU KNOW?
While there is no exact cause for the occurrence of this condition, it has been observed that people who smoke or are around those who smoke are more prone to acquire it.