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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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

8/6/2014
One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds

Experts say finding shows how hard it is to quit, and that doctors need to make better effort to help

7/7/2014
Possible Advance for Some Late-Stage Lung Cancer Patients

Surgical biopsy could pave way for targeted treatments, study says

7/1/2014
HIV Patients Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment: Study

Challenges in managing side effects may prompt some doctors to treat tumors less aggressively, researchers suggest

6/27/2014
Teens Who Prefer Menthols Are Heavier Smokers: Study

It's a fallacy that they're safer than other tobacco products, researcher says

6/23/2014
Smog Controls Tied to Fewer Lung Disease Deaths in N.C.

Study of 20 years of data suggests federal mandates on cleaner air had positive impact on health

6/19/2014
Timing of Day's First Cigarette May Influence Lung Cancer Risk

People who light up soon after rising might face higher odds for the disease, research shows

6/11/2014
Tumor-Targeting Agent Attaches to Cancer Cells: Study

New molecule may lead to improvements in detection and treatment, researchers say

6/2/2014
Breath Test May Spot Lung Cancer

Researchers report test could also differentiate early and late stages of the disease

6/2/2014
1 in 4 Smokers With Gene Defect May Get Lung Cancer

Study finds smokers with gene normally linked to breast cancer appear to have a much higher risk of lung cancer

6/2/2014
Experimental Drug May Extend Lung Cancer Survival, Study Suggests

But experts debate significance of this expensive treatment

5/29/2014
Viewing E-Cigarette Use May Keep Smokers From Quitting

Seeing smokeless devices in action triggered urge for a regular cigarette in young smokers, study found

5/29/2014
Abnormal Lung Scan May Be 'Teachable Moment' for Smokers

Researchers find bad news motivates many to quit tobacco

5/22/2014
Healthy Eating, Healthier Lungs

Eating fish, fruit and dairy products may improve lung function in patients with COPD.

5/20/2014
Gene Tests May Improve Lung Cancer Care: Study

Screening for mutations helps doctors choose targeted therapies that could increase survival, researchers say

5/14/2014
Stepped-Up Screening Would Uncover More Lung Cancers, Study Says

But the scans and follow-up care would be expensive

5/13/2014
Lung Cancer Not on Many Women's Radar: Survey

Although lung cancer is biggest cancer killer, women believe breast cancer is a bigger concern

5/13/2014
Women's Lung Health Barometer

Survey uncovers surprising misconceptions about lung cancer and women.

4/29/2014
Lung Cancer Surgery May Be Safest at High-Volume Hospitals, Study Finds

But death rate higher after 90 days surprises researchers

4/8/2014
Chemo Might Give Certain Lung Cancer Patients an Edge

Traditional treatment offers small advantage for people without a specific gene mutation, study says

3/28/2014
Lung Cancer Diagnosis Takes Toll on Patients' Sex Lives, Experts Say

Large percentage of patients experience sexual dysfunction linked to emotional issues

3/27/2014
Slight Drop in Rate of Advanced Cancers, CDC Says

Number of cases where tumors have spread beyond origins declined, but experts say more can be done

3/26/2014
Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer

Ceritinib might become standard when crizotinib fails, researchers say

2/25/2014
Healthy Adults Shouldn't Take Vitamin E, Beta Carotene: Expert Panel

Jury still out on whether multivitamins prevent cancer or heart disease, task force says

2/5/2014
CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Says sale of cigarettes is inconsistent with a pharmacy's mission

1/31/2014
CDC to Launch Latest Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

It will include now-deceased North Carolina woman whose appearance in first initiative stunned many viewers

1/29/2014
Could Antioxidants Speed Up Cancer Progression?

Study of mice suggests people with lung cancer or at risk for the disease should avoid these supplements

1/28/2014
Breath Test May Detect Signs of Lung Cancer: Study

Examining breath samples from patients with suspicious growths might help determine who needs surgery

1/23/2014
Radiation Before Surgery May Improve Survival From Rare Lung Cancer

Small study of mesothelioma patients also found smoother recovery with this treatment method

1/22/2014
Much More Must Be Done to Lower Smoking Rates, Experts Say

American Lung Association points to legislative inaction by states, stronger push by Big Tobacco

1/20/2014
Progress Against Cancer May Be Greater Than Thought

Gains in saving patients' lives are obscured by increase in lifespans, study says

1/9/2014
U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Continue to Drop: CDC

Cigarette tax hikes, no-smoking policies contribute to decline, experts say

1/7/2014
U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report

Better prevention, screening and treatment are keys to continued progress, experts say

1/2/2014
Big Cigarette Tax Hikes Might Prevent 200 Million Deaths in a Century

Study authors suggest that nations triple tobacco taxes

12/30/2013
U.S. Panel Backs Routine Lung CT Scans for Older, Heavy Smokers

Yearly testing will prevent some lung cancer deaths, experts conclude

12/30/2013
Experimental Treatment for Rare Soft-Tissue Cancer Shows Promise in Mice

Study looked at method for blocking key growth protein in malignant nerve sheath tumors

12/17/2013
Cancer: Annual Report to the Nation

Fewer Americans are dying of lung cancer as smoking declines. News is also good for breast, colon and prostate cancers.

12/16/2013
U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline: Report

But researchers added that people with other health problems have lower odds of survival

12/10/2013
Workers Need More Protection From Silica Dust, Report Finds

Risk is greatest for those in construction industry

12/9/2013
Many Lung Cancer Tumors May Prove Harmless, Study Finds

Research suggests CT scan screening might lead to needless worry, treatment in these cases

11/14/2013
Tobacco Myths Continue Half-Century After Landmark U.S. Report

And Americans continue to die from smoking-related lung cancer, experts note