Lung Cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the lungs. People who smoke have the greatest risk of lung cancer. Typically, lung cancer does not cause any symptoms, only when the disease is in advanced stages symptoms occur. Symptoms are:
• A new cough that does not go away
• Changes in a chronic cough of a smoker
• Coughing blood
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Losing weight
• Bone pain
HOW IS LUNG CANCER DIAGNOSED?
A physical examination of a patient with lung cancer could reveal swollen lymph nodes, droopy eyelids or unequal pupils and a dull sound in the chest. Tests such as a lung biopsy would be performed. An examination of the mucous for blood and abnormal cells would be advised.
HOW IS LUNG CANCER TREATED?
Surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation are prescribed to patients with lung cancer. Pain relievers are also prescribed to patients.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lung cancer can cause complications, such as:
• Shortness of breath.
• Coughing up blood
• Fluid in the chest (pleural effusion).
• Cancer that spreads to other parts of the body (metastasis)