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Francis V. Adams, M.D.
Francis V. Adams, M.D.

Lung Cancer

Cancers that begin in the lungs are divided into two major types, non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer, depending on how the cells look under a microscope. Each type of lung cancer grows and spreads in different ways and is treated differently.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. men and women.

Smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer. Harmful substances, called carcinogens, in tobacco damage the cells in the lungs. Over time, the damaged cells may become cancerous. Many different treatments and combinations of treatments may be used to control lung cancer, and/or to improve quality of life by reducing symptoms.

The best way to prevent lung cancer is to quit, or never start, smoking.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer: Prevention
Lung Cancer: Screening
Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell
Lung Cancer, Small Cell
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Bone Scan
Chest X-Ray
CT Scan
Lung Biopsy
Lung Function Tests
Lung Scan
Sputum Cytology

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Quit Smoking
End-of-Life Care
Choosing a Health Care Agent
Grief and Grieving
Hospice Care

Writing an Advance Directive

medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

ACOR-Association of Online Cancer Resources

ALCASE—Alliance For Lung Cancer

American Cancer Society

Lung Cancer Online

MEDLINEplus—Lung Cancer

National Cancer Institute

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

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Last modified on: 30 June 2015