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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4/19/2017
4 in 10 Americans Still Breathe Dirty Air

This can lead to health problems that include lung cancer, asthma, heart damage, lung association says

4/5/2017
'Cancer Profile' Is Changing for Americans With HIV

AIDS-linked tumors predicted to decline by 2030

4/4/2017
Drug Offers Some Hope for a Deadly Lung Cancer

Immunotherapy may triple 5-year survival rate for certain patients with advanced disease, study finds

4/3/2017
Can Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Lower Cancer Death Risk?

Large U.S. study points to the drug's potential tumor-fighting abilities

3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

3/20/2017
Blood Test May Spot Lung Cancer's Return, Even Before Scans

Small study finds the new technique beats CT and PET scans by around 6 months

2/27/2017
Nasal Swab Shows Promise in Confirming Lung Cancers

Simple technique is based on cancer DNA and seems accurate for use after chest CT scan, researchers say

2/26/2017
Prison Time Can Be Deadly … to Health

Inmates at elevated risk of developing cancer, dying from their disease, study finds

2/2/2017
Too Few Current, Former Smokers Screened for Lung Cancer

Such testing could cut death rate by 20 percent, American Cancer Society says

1/24/2017
U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Over Three Decades

But clusters of high death rates remain in some pockets of the country, study finds

1/20/2017
Many With Advanced Lung Cancer Don't Get Treatments That Might Help

Study found 21 percent went without therapy, even though it could boost their survival

1/6/2017
Delaying Chemo After Lung Cancer Surgery? Better Late Than Never

Patient recovery may mean longer time to the treatment, but study suggests it can still have benefit

1/5/2017
U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report

Researchers credit declines in smoking, better detection and treatment

12/23/2016
Lung-Sparing Surgery May Boost Mesothelioma Survival

Treatment nearly doubled survival or more, study finds

12/13/2016
Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer

Tecentriq extended survival by several months for patients with advanced disease, study found

11/22/2016
Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Chances of an early death double if smoker also has the blood sugar disease, study finds

11/10/2016
Fewer in U.S. Smoke, But Smoking's Death Toll Continues

Only 15 percent of Americans engage in the habit, according to latest CDC numbers

10/24/2016
Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths

Habit is linked to close to one-third of fatal cancers in people 35 and older, study finds

9/26/2016
New Type of Radiation Treatment May Up Survival for Older Lung Cancer Patients

2 new studies find benefit to using stereotactic body radiation therapy

8/5/2016
Smog May Shorten Lives of Lung Cancer Patients

Large review in California finds lower survival rates among those with most exposure to dirty air

7/11/2016
Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study

Preliminary finding points to need for careful screening of cardiac patients, researcher says

7/8/2016
Could Statins Help Fight Cancer?

Study found an association -- but no proof -- of prolonged survival

7/7/2016
6/21/2016
Do Too Many Lung Cancer Patients Miss Out on Surgery?

Study evaluates treatment outcomes for late-stage disease

6/16/2016
Middle-Aged More Often Diagnosed With Late-Stage Lung Cancer

British study highlights the need for better early detection, researchers say

6/9/2016
Better Lung Cancer Survival? There's an App for That

Study found tracking symptoms, alerting doctors to trouble early led to longer survival

6/6/2016
Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients

3 in 4 get aggressive therapies with painful side effects in last months of their lives, study finds

6/6/2016
Liquid Biopsy May Help Doctors Track Changes in Tumors

Large study found it predicted when cancer DNA was mutating, could help tailor treatments to avoid drug resistance

6/1/2016
Most Americans Support Rise in Legal Smoking Age

Survey finds wide support in all regions to raise cutoff to age 19 or older

5/5/2016
Lung Cancer Surgery Worthwhile for Older Patients

Study found those 65 and older survived longer when they had operation

5/3/2016
Radon in the Home May Be Linked to Blood Cancers in Women

Study found no connection with men, further research is needed

4/29/2016
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers

Study finds even small increases in pollution raised overall odds of dying from disease by 22 percent

3/18/2016
Black Smokers Less Likely to Get Lung Cancer Screening

Racial differences in smoking patterns probably why, researchers suggest

3/11/2016
3/4/2016
Can Certain 'Poor Carb' Diets Raise Nonsmokers' Lung Cancer Risk?

Study suggests link for regimens rich in refined carbs, potatoes, but it can't prove cause-and-effect

2/29/2016
For Cancer Patients, Pain May Rise as Finances Dwindle

Suffering can escalate for those with two months of reserves or less, study finds

2/22/2016
Lung Cancer Survivors May Be Getting Too Many PET Scans

Study finds using costly test as first option for follow-up may not improve survival

2/22/2016
Racial Gap in U.S. Cancer Deaths Is Narrowing: Report

But black women still more susceptible to breast cancer, black men to colon cancer

2/22/2016
U.S. Action on Climate Change Could Save Nearly 300,000 Lives by 2030: Study

Using targets from recent Paris Agreement, scientists calculate potential deaths averted from heart, lung disease

2/12/2016
Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?

Study finds cola boosts effectiveness of Tarceva for patients who are also taking a heartburn medicine

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