Health Care Literacy Series - Cancer Education PT 4
Topic: “Treatment Advances in Lung Cancer”
Frank Detterbeck, M.D., Co-Director, TOP Program, Professor of Thoracic Surger, Yale University School of Medicine
Irene Scanlon, LCSW, TOP Program
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
- Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among Caucasians, African Americans, Asians,
and Hispanic males.
- Lung cancer will kill nearly twice as many women as breast cancer this year.
- Current smokers: 35-40% of new lung cancer cases;
- Former smokers: 50% of new lung cancer cases;
- Never smoked: 10-15% of new lung cancer cases.
- Lung Cancer causes over 30% of all cancer deaths.
- The lungs are part of the respiratory system.
- The Lungs supply oxygen to the blood while removing carbon dioxide.
- Lung cancer may spread to the lymph nodes or other tissues in the chest (including the
- In many cases, lung cancer may also spread to other organs of the body, such as the
bones, brain, or liver.
Types of Lung Cancer :
Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell & Lung Cancer, Small Cell
Risk Factors for Lung Cancer include the following:
· Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes now or in the past.
· Being exposed to second-hand smoke.
· Being exposed to asbestos or radon.
Lung Cancer Screening
- Screening is important because by the time symptoms appear cancer may have begun to spread
- Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms.
- Screening helps to find cancer at an early stage.
- When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat.
Two tests have commonly been used to screen for lung cancer are:
- Chest x-ray & Sputum Cytology - Testing Saliva for Cancer Cells.
- Even stage II & IV Cancers are treatable. Get more information!
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