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What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer refers to the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lungs, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths across the globe. There are two main types of lung cancer; small cell lung cancer (SCLC) which occurs almost exclusively in heavy smokers, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) which includes various types of lung cancers such as adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.

Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Lung cancer tends to only show signs and symptoms in advanced stages. These include:

    • Constant and persistent coughing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Coughing up blood
    • Fluid in chest

Causes

Smoking is one of the key causes of lung cancer, due to cigarette smoke containing numerous carcinogens that affect your lung tissue with prolonged exposure. Over time, the cells that line your lungs are increasingly damaged, causing them to act abnormally and give rise to cancer. For non-smokers, secondhand exposure to smoke as well as carcinogens such as asbestos and diesel exhaust can lead to the development of lung cancer as well. Doctors also theorise that inherited faulty DNA repair mechanisms can also lead to some NSCLCs.

Risk Factors

Risk factors of lung cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to carcinogens
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Air pollution

What is Radiation Therapy?

Prostate cancer radiation treatment is an option recommended for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. It uses high-energy X-rays generated from a radiation therapy machine called a LINAC to destroy cancer cells. Prostate cancer radiation treatment has long been used to kill tumours without the need for surgical operations. It inhibits cancer cells from multiplying by delivering ionising radiation to destroy cancer cells, whilst minimising radiation damage to normal tissues. When these cancer cells die, the body naturally eliminates them. Healthy normal tissues are then able to repair themselves in a way that cancer cells cannot, leading to a much higher proportion of tumour cell death compared to normal cells.

Prevention

The best way to avoid lung cancer is to stop smoking or avoid starting, as well as reduce exposure to secondhand smoke from others. In addition, do take precautions at work and wear protective gear to avoid unnecessary exposure to workplace carcinogens. Other ways to prevent it include eating a healthy and balanced diet, as well as including regular exercise into your lifestyle.

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Treatments

Radiation Therapy

EBRT is a commonly utilised radiation treatment to kill cancer cells that are still localised to a region of the lung and within its lymph nodes.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy plays a key role in treating SCLCs, and is frequently used in combination with radiation treatment for later stages of lung cancer.

Surgery

Surgery is more frequently used to treat earlier stages of lung cancer, such as stage I and II.

Targeted therapy

Targeted drug treatment helps treat patients whose cancer cells have certain abnormal genetic mutations that render them vulnerable.

"I guarantee my very best expertise delivered with compassion and dignity as we journey TOGETHER to BEAT this dreaded illness."

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