Cancer

Lung cancer

About Lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. Cigarette smoking causes most lung cancers. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase risk. Common symptoms of lung cancer includeA cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over timeConstant chest painCoughing up bloodShortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarsenessRepeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitisSwelling of the neck and faceLoss of appetite or weight lossFatigueDoctors diagnose lung cancer using a physical exam, imaging, and lab tests. Treatment depends on the type, stage, and how advanced it is. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells.NIH: National Cancer Institute

All Medications for Lung cancer

  • Avastin
    (bevacizumab)
    Prescription only

    Avastin (bevacizumab) is an effective, first-line option when used together with other medicines for certain types of cancers, but it has to be given in a clinic or hospital and it has many severe side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Tarceva
    (erlotinib)
    Prescription only

    Tarceva (erlotinib) is an oral medication that is effective as first-choice treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer and certain forms of lung cancer, but it can have serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Lung cancer

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • lung cancer stage 4

  • think positive and get all the possibilities

  • Don't panic. You are in for a lot of hurry up and waiting

What’s your best coping strategy?
  • find someone to share your thoughts with

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Prayers

  • Positive thoughts

  • Getting my house in order

  • Accepting my fate. Good or bad