The American Cancer Society predicts that there will be about 164,100 new cases of lung cancer in the United States in the year 2000. Lung cancer is fairly rare in persons under the age of 40. The average age of persons found to have lung cancer is 60.
Non-small Cell Lung Cancer accounts for about 80% of all lung cancers.
Lung cancer is usually treated with a combination of modalities (i.e., surgery and chemotherapy and radiation) It is becoming more common to undergo a course of radiation or chemotherapy before surgery to reduce the number of cancer cells that may have the potential to spread.
Smoking is the single most important risk factor for the development of lung cancer. Persons who smoke cigarettes, pipes or cigars should consult with their health care provider about methods to quit as soon as possible.
A variety of complementary therapies have been used by persons with all types of cancer to reduce side effects of treatments such as nausea and pain. Biofeedback and other relaxation therapies as well as acupuncture have been used to reduce stress, anxiety and general discomfort.
The Medifocus Guide on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer provides answers to the following important questions and medical issues:
What are the most common symptoms of lung cancer?
Are there any recognized risk factors for developing lung cancer?
What kinds of medical tests are used to establish the diagnosis of lung cancer?
What is the current standard of care for the treatment of lung cancer?
What treatment options are available for the management of lung cancer?
Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in lung cancer?
Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for lung cancer?
What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about lung cancer?
What Your Doctor Reads:
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
Evidence-based medicine in the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer. Clinics in Chest Medicine. 2000
Innovative treatment strategies in locally advanced and/or unresectable non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer Control. 2000
Pathogenesis and management of respiratory insufficiency following pulmonary resection. Seminars in Surgical Oncology. 2000
Role of multimodality treatment for lung cancer. Seminars in Surgical Oncology. 2000
Combined modality therapy of non-small cell lung cancers. Annals of Oncology. 1999
Neoadjuvant and adjuvant trials in non-small cell lung cancer. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 1998
Serum interleukin-10 levels as a prognostic factor in advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients. Chest. 2000
Unfavorable prognosis of patients with stage II non-small cell lung cancer associated with macroscopic nodal metastases. Chest. 1999
Relationship between quality of life and clinical outcomes in advanced non-small cell lung cancer: best supportive care (BSC) versus BSC plus chemotherapy. Lung Cancer. 1999
The prognosis of surgically resected N2 non-small cell lung cancer: the importance of clinical N status. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 1999
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