Lung Cancer News

Lung cancer occurs when uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells interferes with the function of the lungs, causing tumors to grow. Few cancers inflict more damage on people than lung cancer. It causes more deaths than prostate, colon and breast cancers combined.

The news isn’t all bad when it comes to lung cancer, however. Many of the causes of lung cancer are very preventable, and it can be treated, particularly if the disease is detected early on.

Causes and Symptoms

Most people assume that lung cancer is caused by smoking. Though the disease can develop unrelated to smoking, this is the rare exception rather than the rule. Smoking by and large is the main cause of lung cancer. That’s why it’s so important to quit if you smoke and to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke if you're a non-smoker.

Lung cancer doesn’t present signs or symptoms until the later stages of the disease. When lung cancer does present symptoms, common ones include chronic cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, hoarseness, blood when coughing and frequent infections. In some cases, symptoms might have nothing to do with the lungs, such as unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, bone pain, headaches or blood clots.

Treatment of Lung Cancer

Treatment for lung cancer will vary based on the particular type of cancer, the stage the cancer is in and other concerns based on the person's medical history. Usually, treatment options for lung cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and targeted therapy.

SOURCES: National Lung Cancer Partnership; U.S. National Cancer Institute; American Lung Association

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Portrazza Approved for Advanced Lung Cancer

The top cause of cancer death in the United States

Lung Cancer Surgery Rates Differ Widely Between States

Quality of insurance across U.S. may influence treatment, researcher says

Kidney Woes Tied to Raised Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Dialysis, organ transplant may boost odds for certain types of cancer

High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Benefit From Surgery

Study showed procedure can be an option for people with early stage disease

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But link between N-acetylcysteine and melanoma progression needs more study

Keytruda Approved for Leading Form of Lung Cancer

Helps immune system fight non-small cell lung cancer

FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer

Keytruda shrank tumors in some patients with advanced disease

Study Says Radiation Often Overused in Late-Stage Lung Cancer

Authors cite concerns about extra costs, side effects

CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study

Worries that wider adoption of the screen might lead to unnecessary surgeries are unfounded, experts say

More Children, Teens Enticed to Smoke With Flavored Tobacco: CDC

7 out of every 10 kids who said they used tobacco have used flavored varieties, survey shows

New Drug May Give Small Survival Boost to Some With Advanced Lung Cancer

Nivolumab is most effective in tumors with a particular gene mutation, researchers report

Differences Found in Smokers, Nonsmokers Who Develop Lung Cancer

Nonsmokers with a common form of lung cancer more apt to be women, study finds

Heating, Cooking Are Top Contributors to Air-Pollution Deaths Worldwide

Agriculture also accounts for significant proportion, study says

U.S. Smoking Rate Falls to 15 Percent: CDC

Higher tobacco taxes, tough messages contribute to falloff, experts say

Scientists Suggest New Way to Predict Lung Cancer Risk

They focused on telomere length, discovered association

Many Cancer Survivors Who Smoke See Little Benefit to Quitting

Those who cling to their cigarettes have a different mindset, survey finds

Lung Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Live Longer

Giving up cigarettes led to nearly a year of extra survival, study shows

Many Young Women Taking Up 'Very Light' Smoking, Study Finds

Defined as 5 or fewer cigarettes a day, the habit can still raise health risks, experts say

Iressa Approved for Specific Late-Stage Lung Cancer

New companion diagnostic can identify candidates

Asbestos Found in Kids' Crayons, Toy Kits: Report

Health experts, big retailer say they're concerned about findings on products from China

Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

But, due to aging population, actual number of cancer deaths is rising

Lung Scans May Help Track Suspicious Masses, Study Says

Annual screening could catch changes that signal beginnings of cancer

Many Parents Who Smoke Expose Kids to Fumes at Home

4 in every 10 U.S. households with a smoking parent had no 'smoke-free' rules in place, study finds

Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

Surgery May Boost Survival in Certain Advanced Lung Cancers

Study finds patients with stage 3b tumors lived nearly 10 months longer, on average

Exercise May Blunt a Woman's Risk of Lung and Breast Cancer: Studies

Experts say findings make sense, but note they are preliminary

Immune-Based Drug Shows Potential Against Another Form of Lung Cancer

Patients with squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer who got nivolumab lived longer, had fewer side effects

Immune-Based Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Lung Cancer

Patients given nivolumab reported fewer side effects, longer survival than those receiving usual chemo agent

Bigger Share of Deaths Worldwide Now Due to Cancer

Throat, lung cancers were leading cause of deaths, study finds

Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDC

But some people are using alternative tobacco products in addition to cigarettes

Rural Poor Bear Higher Burden of COPD, Study Finds

Reasons aren't clear, but workplace exposures and fuel sources might play a role, researchers say

Smoking May Make Return of Lung Cancer More Likely

Study found chance of recurrence rose 1 percent for each additional pack of cigarettes smoked each year

Smoking Makes a Comeback in Georgia Bars, Restaurants

State's laws permit designated smoking areas, and more establishments are allowing them, study says

Expert Panel Unclear on Whether E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

More and better data is needed, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says

Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Small reduction seen with cholesterol-lowering drugs, but study couldn't prove cause-and-effect link

Drugs Show Promise for Some Advanced Lung Cancers

Two experimental medications target mutation that fuels treatment resistance

Vaccine Spurs Immune Response to Fight Aggressive Cancers in Mice

Researchers have begun early human trials, say findings could lead to blueprint for tailored treatments

Income May Affect Survival After Lung Cancer Surgery

Study also finds education level, hospital linked to odds of death in month after operation

Drug Shows Early Promise for Advanced Lung Cancer

Keytruda is already approved to treat melanoma

Gene Variation Could Spur Longer Smoking, Earlier Cancer

Researcher suggests a change in screening policies

Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer

Small, but steady declines in deaths seen over past decade

Midlife Fitness May Be a Real Cancer Fighter for Men

Study shows lower risk of lung, colon tumors at 65 and older

Opdivo Approval Expanded to Include Lung Cancer

The leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

Study shows biggest improvements in people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64

Don't Exclude Cancer Survivors From Lung Cancer Trials, Study Urges

Finding runs counter to current practice, researchers note

Cancer Patients Prefer Care That Includes Their Input

But whether shared decision making results in better outcomes isn't clear, study finds

U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests

Each year, 60,000 more smokers die from causes that have association with smoking, researchers say

Lung Cancer No. 1 Cancer Killer of Women in Wealthy Nations

It has been the leading cancer killer of American women for many years

Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says

Smoking still claims 500,000 lives a year in the United States