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14-02-2012, 03:07 PM
Lung Cancer

Need the facts about lung cancer? Lung cancer starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lungs. Lung cancer and smoking often, but not always, go hand in hand. There usually are no signs or early symptoms of lung cancer. As lung cancer stages advance, lung cancer symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and bloody mucus. Treatment for lung cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy, and /or radiation.

Overview & Facts
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Confused about lung cancer? Or just looking for some quick facts? These links take you to essential information on lung cancer, its causes, and its risk factors.
What Is Lung Cancer ? What Is Lung Cancer? (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/understanding-lung-cancer-basics)
Just diagnosed with lung cancer? Get started here.
Lung Cancer Statistics (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-statistics)
How many people does lung cancer affect? Find out here.

Causes Causes of Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-causes)
Here's where to learn about the common causes of lung cancer.
Related Guide: Lung Cancer Risk (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_cancer/tm1359.asp)
What are lung cancer risk factors? Here's the list.

Prevention Lung Cancer Prevention (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-prevention)
There are several risk factors linked to lung cancer. Find out what to avoid.

14-02-2012, 03:13 PM
Symptoms & Types
Here's where you'll find a rundown of the different types and different stages of lung cancer. You'll also find articles on lung cancer signs and symptoms.
Symptoms Lung Cancer Symptoms (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-symptoms)
There are many different lung cancer symptoms. Find out more here.
When to Call the Doctor (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-when-to-call-the-doctor)
If you develop any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away.

Types Types of Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-types)
There are two main types of lung cancer. It’s important to know which type you have.
Stages of Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/stages-of-lung-cancer)
Treatment -- and prognosis -- depends on the stage of a lung cancer. Get the basics here.
Small-Cell Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/small-cell-lung-cancer)
Learn all about small-cell lung cancer in this in-depth article.

Complications Lung Cancer: Complications (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_cancer/tm1358.asp)
Lung cancer complications can cause a variety of breathing or heart problems. Learn what to watch out for.

14-02-2012, 03:16 PM
Diagnosis & Tests
How is lung cancer diagnosed? What tests will doctors have to perform? Get that vital information in these short, to-the-point articles.
Diagnosis Lung Cancer Diagnosis (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-diagnosis)
It's not as simple to diagnose lung cancer as you may think. Here's how it's done.

Tests Lung Cancer Tests (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-tests)
Many different tests -- some very sophisticated -- are used to help diagnose lung cancer. This article helps you understand how they’re used.
Related Guide: Chest X-Ray for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/heart_disease/hw205975.asp)
A chest X-ray is often the first step towards diagnosing lung cancer. Find out what to expect.
Related Guide: CT Scan of the Body for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/brain_cancer/hw209926.asp)
A CT scan of the body is often done to see if lung cancer has spread. Find out what to expect.
Related Guide: Lung Biopsy for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_disease/hw232270.asp)
When a lung tumor is found, a lung biopsy is often performed to evaluate the type of abnormal cells. Find out what to expect, so you’ll be prepared.
Related Guide: Sputum Cytology for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_disease/tu6418.asp)
Sputum cytology examines mucus for abnormal cells. See how it’s done.
Related Guide: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/aa80345.asp)
This high-tech test, commonly called a PET scan, can help determine if a lung tumor is cancer.
Related Guide: Bronchoscopy for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_disease/hw200474.asp)
This procedure helps diagnose and determine the extent of lung cancer. Find out what to expect.
Related Guide: Mediastinoscopy for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_disease/aa24725.asp)
This procedure helps diagnose lung cancer. Find out how to prepare.
Related Guide: CT Scan of the Brain for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/hw233596.asp)
A CT scan of the brain is often done to see if lung cancer has spread to the brain.
Related Guide: MRI Scan of the Brain for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/brain_nervous_system/tu2233.asp)
An MRI scan of the brain may be used to see if lung cancer has spread to the brain.
Related Guide: Bone Scan for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/hw200283.asp)
A bone scan can detect cancer that has spread to the bones.
Related Guide: Thoracentesis for Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lab_tests/hw233202.asp)
Some people with lung cancer develop fluid between their lungs and chest wall. This procedure helps remove that fluid, and finds out why it's there. Learn about it here.

14-02-2012, 03:27 PM
Treatment & Care
Start with the links to basic information on lung cancer treatment and care. Then move on to the more detailed information. Take your time -- there's a lot to learn.
Treatment Lung Cancer Surgery (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-surgery)
Surgery is the preferred treatment for many people with lung cancer. Learn about the different types of surgery.
Related Guide: Lung Cancer Chemotherapy Medications (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_cancer/tm1372.asp)
A variety of chemotherapy medications are used to treat lung cancer. Learn about them here.
Related Guide: Lung Cancer Radiation Treatment (http://www.webmd.com/hw/lung_cancer/tm1380.asp)
Radiation therapy is commonly used to treat lung cancer. Learn when it’s used and what the side effects are.
Cancer Pain Medication (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/pain-management-cancer-pain)
Several different types of medications are used to treat cancer pain. See which medication might be right for your pain.
Treatment of Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer)
Learn all about treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer -- from surgery and chemotherapy to photodynamic therapy.
Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Treatment by Stage (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-treatment)
Treatment varies for the different stages of non-small-cell lung cancer. Learn more here.
Treatment of Small-Cell Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/treatment-of-small-cell-lung-cancer)
Learn all about treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Treatment by Stage (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/small-cell-lung-cancer-treatment-by-stage)
Limited and extensive stages of small-cell lung cancer are treated differently. Learn what to expect.
Related Guide: Palliative Care (http://www.webmd.com/www/pain-management/guide/pain-management-palliative-care)
What is palliative care? What’s the goal? Find out here.

Care Lung Cancer and Diet (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/eating-right-during-cancer-treatment)
Eating right and getting adequate nutrition is more important than ever when you’re being treated for cancer. Find out more.
Lung Cancer: Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/managing-chemotherapy-side-effects)
You can fight chemotherapy fatigue and nausea. Find out how.
Chemotherapy Side Effects (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-chemotherapy-side-effects)
Learn more about side effects of Chemotherapy and how to cope with them here.
Related Guide: Hair Loss and Lung Cancer Treatment (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/tv4421.asp?navbar=tm1346)
Here are tips for hair and scalp care -- and help if you’d like to look into finding a wig.
Fatigue and Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/coping-fatigue)
Learn about things you can do to treat -- and prevent -- fatigue when you’re fighting lung cancer.
Related Guide: Dehydration and Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/std120726.asp?navbar=tm1346)
If you’re suffering from nausea and vomiting, you need to watch for the symptoms of dehydration and know when to act.
Related Guide: Diarrhea and Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/tv3875.asp?navbar=tm1346)
Lung cancer treatment may cause diarrhea. Find out what you can do -- and what you shouldn’t do.
Related Guide: Constipation and Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/tv3916.asp?navbar=tm1346)
If your lung cancer treatment is causing constipation, you need to know what to watch for and what steps to take for relief.
Related Guide: Sleep Problems and Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/tv4084.asp?navbar=tm1346)
There’s lots you can do if you’re having trouble sleeping. Get started here with these 15 tips.
Related Guide: Stress and Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/tv4020.asp?navbar=tm1346)
Dealing with lung cancer can be quite stressful. Learn healthy ways to deal with stress.
Lung Cancer Pain Management (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-pain)
Learn about how to best relieve your cancer pain.
Care After Lung Cancer Treatment (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/care-after-cancer-treatment)
Find out how to get active in your follow-up care after lung cancer treatment.

Clinical Trials Lung Cancer Clinical Trials (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-clinical-trials)
Learn about lung cancer clinical trials. Then, check out sites chosen by WebMD doctors that offer information and services to help you determine if a clinical trial may be right for you.

14-02-2012, 03:31 PM
Living & Managing
Regain control of your life. Check out these links to articles on living with lung cancer. Find out how people manage to survive lung cancer.
Living and Coping Questions About Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-questions)
Being diagnosed with lung cancer can be overwhelming. Make sure to ask your doctor these 10 questions.
Related Guide: Coping With Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/www/colorectal-cancer/guide/coping-cancer)
There are many ways to cope with the stress and fear associated with cancer. Start learning how.
Message Board: Lung Cancer Support (http://boards.webmd.com/webx?50@1022.N79ibsnu90T.15@.5987f411)
Support is a very important part of living with lung cancer. Ask WebMD’s cancer nurse your question.
Message Board: Lung Cancer: Support for Family and Friends (http://www.webmd.com/www/colorectal-cancer/guide/tips-family-friends)
When a loved one is diagnosed with lung cancer, family and friends are also affected. Here are some tips to help you cope.
When You Have a History of Lung Cancer (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/how-to-document-your-medical-history)
Once you’ve had lung cancer, it’s always part of your medical history. Make sure you know how to be prepared.

14-02-2012, 03:32 PM
Support & Resources
Now that you've mastered the basics, find out more. Here's where to find links to help, support, and advice.
Finding Help Lung Cancer: Finding Help (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-finding-help-index)
You aren't alone.

Resources Lung Cancer: Resources (http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/guide/lung-cancer-resources)
There's a world of help out there. Here's where to find it.