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 17729 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A case-control study of the association between self-reported occupational and recreational physical activity and lung cancer.
 

Author(s): Fei He, Li-Mei Chen, Wei-Min Xiong, Qiu-Ping Xu, Ren-Dong Xiao, Xu Li, Tao Lin, Lin Cai

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Sep;96(36):e7923.

 

This case-control study with a Fujian population investigated whether self-reported occupational and recreational physical activity may be associated with lung cancer.The population comprised 1622 patients with newly diagnosed primary lung cancer and 1622 age- and gender-matched healthy ...

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2017

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[Risk Factors of Lung Cancer in Xuanwei, Yunnan Province, China].
 

Author(s): Liqun Liu, Xia Wan, Gongbo Chen, Xiangyun Ma, Bofu Ning, Gonghuan Yang

Journal: Zhongguo Fei Ai Za Zhi. 2017 Aug;20(8):528-537.

 

Since 1970s, Xuanwei in Yunnan province has been one of the towns with highest lung cancer mortality in China. Moreover, the characters of high female lung cancer mortality and sub-regional clustering high lung cancer mortality have not changed. In this study, we further described ...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2017

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[Prognostic and Predictive Value of Thyroid Transcription Factor-1, CD56, P40 and Other Clinical Characteristics in Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients].
 

Author(s): Xin Wang, Yi Zhang, Mu Hu, Ruotian Wang, Lei Liu, Kun Qian, Yuanbo Li, Xiuyi Zhi

Journal: Zhongguo Fei Ai Za Zhi. 2017 Aug;20(8):522-527.

 

The aim of this study is to explore roles of thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1), CD56, P40 expression and other clinical characteristics predicting response and survival in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2017

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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 2060 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Changing Epidemic of Lung Cancer & Tobacco and Situation of Tobacco Control 
in China].
 

Author(s): Xiaonong Zou, Manman Jia, Xin Wang, Xiuyi Zhi

Journal: Zhongguo Fei Ai Za Zhi. 2017 Aug;20(8):505-510.

 

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and morbidity in China. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoking closely related to lung cancer. Recently, series policies of tobacco control and lung cancer prevention was carried out. However, burden of lung cancer is still serious, ...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2017

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Circulating miRNAs as non-invasive biomarkers for non-small cell lung cancer diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of treatment response.
 

Author(s): Weronika Zofia Świtlik, Janusz Szemraj

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The discovery of a new class of molecules, the 22-24 nucleotides long RNA, has initiated a new chapter in genetic information regulation studies. These molecules have a significant impact on the functioning of cells by means of negative regulation of expression of targeted mRNA. Special ...

Last Updated: 9 Aug 2017

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Histone deacetylase HDAC1 expression correlates with the progression and prognosis of lung cancer: A meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Lin-Lin Cao, Xiaoxu Song, Lin Pei, Lianhua Liu, Hui Wang, Mei Jia

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Aug;96(31):e7663.

 

Histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) is an important epigenetic factor, and is thought to be associated with the progression and prognosis of some types of cancer. HDAC1 has been reported to be overexpressed in lung cancer, but the correlation between HDAC1 overexpression and the clinical ...

Last Updated: 2 Aug 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

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

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 21 Aug 2017

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Last Updated: 19 Jan 2017

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A Feasibility Study Using Four-Dimensional CT Imaging for Primary Lung Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lung Cancer

 

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2016

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