Lung Cancer: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Lung Cancer
Posted on : Feb 27, 2015

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Smoking, though attributed as one of the main reasons for lung cancer, is not necessarily a trigger always. As lung cancer stages advance, symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and bloody mucus become progressive.

Symptoms

  • Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) or dark colored phlegm
  • A cough that prevails for a long time or gets worse over time
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Respiratory infections
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the chest

Treatment & Care

  • Lung Cancer Chemotherapy: A variety of chemotherapy medications are used to treat lung cancer
  • Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is a popular treatment for lung cancer, but it does come with side effects.
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT), Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Treatment are some of the other treatments for lung cancer.

Several different types of medications are used to combat cancer pain.

Lung Cancer Causes & Statistics

  • It is said that about 90 percent of lung cancer is because of tobacco use. The risk increases with number of cigarettes.
  • Pipe and cigar smoking can also cause lung cancer.
  • Passive Smoking or the inhalation of tobacco smoke from other smokers is also an established risk factor for the development of lung cancer.
  • Asbestos fibers are known to cause lung cancer and is banned or limited at many workplaces.
  • Lung cancer is also influenced by genetics, in both smoking and non-smoking relatives of those who have had lung cancer than in the general population.

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