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

Date Posted
Article Title
1/26/2016
Weight May Influence Outcomes After Lung Cancer Surgery

Study found the very thin or very obese had the highest odds for complications

1/25/2016
Free Nicotine Patches by Mail May Help Smokers Quit

Intervention helped boost success rates a bit, even when counseling wasn't included, study found

1/19/2016
Families Say Hospice Better Than Hospital for Dying Cancer Patients

Doctors need to heed preferences of patients, prepare for end of life sooner, experts say

1/14/2016
Smokers With Pneumonia at Risk for Lung Cancer: Study

Chest scans a cost-effective strategy to screen this population, researchers say

1/14/2016
Cancer No. 1 Killer of Asian-Americans, Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders: Study

Though incidence lower than among white Americans, researchers say

1/7/2016
Cancer Death Rates Down 23 Percent Since 1991: Study

That translates to an additional 1.7 million survivors, expert says

12/21/2015
One-Third of Incurable Cancer Patients Keep Working, Study Finds

Tumor location, type of treatment unlikely to influence decision

12/21/2015
Keytruda May Help Fight Tough-to-Treat Lung Cancer

In study, the immune-based therapy beat an older drug with fewer side effects, but it's expensive

12/14/2015
Cancer Rates Dropping in Rich Countries, Rising in Poorer Ones: Study

Low- and middle-income countries adopting Western lifestyle, which increases risk of disease, experts say

12/11/2015
Alecensa Approved for Lung Cancer Tied to Gene Mutation

Drug to be used for ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancers

11/24/2015
Portrazza Approved for Advanced Lung Cancer

The top cause of cancer death in the United States

11/13/2015
Lung Cancer Surgery Rates Differ Widely Between States

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

11/12/2015
Kidney Woes Tied to Raised Cancer Risk, Study Finds

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

11/10/2015
High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Benefit From Surgery

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

10/7/2015
Popular Antioxidant Seems to Spread Skin Cancer Cells in Mouse Research

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

10/2/2015
Keytruda Approved for Leading Form of Lung Cancer

Helps immune system fight non-small cell lung cancer

10/2/2015
FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer

Keytruda shrank tumors in some patients with advanced disease

10/2/2015
Study Says Radiation Often Overused in Late-Stage Lung Cancer

Authors cite concerns about extra costs, side effects

10/1/2015
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

9/30/2015
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

9/28/2015
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

9/28/2015
Differences Found in Smokers, Nonsmokers Who Develop Lung Cancer

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

9/16/2015
Heating, Cooking Are Top Contributors to Air-Pollution Deaths Worldwide

Agriculture also accounts for significant proportion, study says

9/10/2015
9/1/2015
U.S. Smoking Rate Falls to 15 Percent: CDC

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

7/29/2015
Scientists Suggest New Way to Predict Lung Cancer Risk

They focused on telomere length, discovered association

7/23/2015
Many Cancer Survivors Who Smoke See Little Benefit to Quitting

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

7/16/2015
Lung Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Live Longer

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

7/16/2015
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

7/13/2015
Iressa Approved for Specific Late-Stage Lung Cancer

New companion diagnostic can identify candidates

7/8/2015
Asbestos Found in Kids' Crayons, Toy Kits: Report

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

7/2/2015
Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

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

6/23/2015
Lung Scans May Help Track Suspicious Masses, Study Says

Annual screening could catch changes that signal beginnings of cancer

6/18/2015
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

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

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

6/4/2015
Surgery May Boost Survival in Certain Advanced Lung Cancers

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

6/2/2015
Exercise May Blunt a Woman's Risk of Lung and Breast Cancer: Studies

Experts say findings make sense, but note they are preliminary

6/1/2015
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

5/29/2015
Immune-Based Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Lung Cancer

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

5/28/2015
Bigger Share of Deaths Worldwide Now Due to Cancer

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

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