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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5/21/2015
Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDC

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

5/19/2015
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

5/19/2015
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

5/14/2015
Smoking Makes a Comeback in Georgia Bars, Restaurants

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

5/4/2015
Expert Panel Unclear on Whether E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

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

5/1/2015
Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

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

4/29/2015
Drugs Show Promise for Some Advanced Lung Cancers

Two experimental medications target mutation that fuels treatment resistance

4/22/2015
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

4/20/2015
Income May Affect Survival After Lung Cancer Surgery

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

4/20/2015
Drug Shows Early Promise for Advanced Lung Cancer

Keytruda is already approved to treat melanoma

4/17/2015
Gene Variation Could Spur Longer Smoking, Earlier Cancer

Researcher suggests a change in screening policies

3/30/2015
Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer

Small, but steady declines in deaths seen over past decade

3/26/2015
Midlife Fitness May Be a Real Cancer Fighter for Men

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

3/4/2015
Opdivo Approval Expanded to Include Lung Cancer

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

2/19/2015
More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

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

2/13/2015
Don't Exclude Cancer Survivors From Lung Cancer Trials, Study Urges

Finding runs counter to current practice, researchers note

2/12/2015
Cancer Patients Prefer Care That Includes Their Input

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

2/11/2015
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

2/4/2015
Lung Cancer No. 1 Cancer Killer of Women in Wealthy Nations

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

1/21/2015
Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says

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

1/20/2015
Test Your Home for Radon: EPA

The naturally occurring gas is tied to 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, agency says

1/15/2015
Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection

It was more than 80 percent correct in spotting cancerous nodules, but accuracy still needs improving

1/13/2015
As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall

Lower oxygen levels may play a role in study findings

1/8/2015
Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Say too little is known about potential health hazards of 'vaping' devices

1/7/2015
Study Finds Link Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk

Threat was highest first three months after diagnosis, researchers say

1/7/2015
Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke: CDC

Quitting is 'challenging' and depression often plays a role, one expert says

1/4/2015
Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014

VA hospitals scandal, enterovirus illnesses in kids, surge in e-cigarette use also made headlines this year

12/31/2014
Stem Cell Therapy Fixes Post-Surgical Airway Abnormality

Technique could treat these abnormalities elsewhere in the body, researchers say

12/31/2014
Falling Cancer Death Rate Means 1.5 Million Lives Saved Over 20 Years

American Cancer Society report finds a 22 percent drop in deaths

12/19/2014
Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds

Researchers say half of people treated struggle to pay medical bills

12/12/2014
Cyramza Approval Expanded to Include Non-Small Lung Cancer

Drug blocks blood supply that fuels tumors

12/9/2014
Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report

Figure doesn't include secondhand smoke, cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco

11/26/2014
EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions

Health experts praised the new limits, but industry advocates said they aren't needed

11/19/2014
Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

American Cancer Society has plenty of tips to help you kick the habit

11/18/2014
Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

Japanese study found that stopping the habit boosted survival, even if a few pounds were added on

11/13/2014
More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC

Experts say more regulation could stop young Americans from picking up the deadly habit

11/11/2014
Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening for Long-Time Smokers

Experts applaud decision, saying it will save thousands of lives

11/7/2014
Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers?

Researchers suspect diet may play role in possible reduced risk

11/7/2014
Cigars Loaded With Harmful Toxins, Study Shows

Even though they may not be inhaled, 'cloud' of smoke could be as dangerous as that from cigarettes

11/5/2014
Lung Cancer Screening Can Be Cost Effective, Study Reports

Benefit seen in long-term smokers when testing is done by skilled experts

10/9/2014
Lung Cancer May Lie Dormant for 2 Decades

Additional genetic mistakes eventually trigger aggressive growth, study finds

9/30/2014
Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

CT scans for high-risk seniors covered by private insurers, but Medicare not required to do so

9/23/2014
Lung Infections May Hamper Ability to Detect Lung Cancer

Certain conditions make it harder to reliably detect tumors, study says

9/15/2014
Chest Radiation May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers: Study

Added to chemo, it lowered recurrence rates, improved survival, researchers report

8/25/2014
Number of Young Non-Smokers Who Tried E-Cigs Tripled in 2 Years

CDC report also finds that teens who used the devices were more likely to say they would try smoking

8/19/2014
Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

New study finds that follow-up monitoring and care is crucial

8/15/2014
Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

Chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia linked to risk in study, but not asthma, tuberculosis

8/11/2014
U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds

Yet certain types of lung malignancies are still on the rise

8/7/2014
New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes

Categorizing tumors by cell type and not the organ they grow in may alter treatment, experts say

8/6/2014
Prisons That Bar Smoking May Boost Inmates' Health: Study

Rates of tobacco-related deaths 11 percent lower after long-term bans, researchers say