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Lung Cancer

Overview

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 include

  • A cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness
  • Repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Fatigue

There are many types of lung cancer. Each type of lung cancer grows and spreads in different ways and is treated differently. Treatment also depends on the stage, or how advanced it is. Treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

MedlinePlus
This site gives a brief overview of lung cancer as well as numerous links to other sources providing detailed information, the latest news, diagnosis/symptoms, treatment, prevention/screening, disease management, related issues, clinical trials, research, financial issues, research, journal articles and more.

Mayo Clinic
This site explains in detail what lung cancer is, symptoms, risk factors and causes, preparing for a doctor’s visit if lung cancer is suspected, tests and diagnosis, treatment of small and non-small cell types, alternative medicine, coping and support, prevention, a link to the Mayo Clinic’s lung cancer treatment information, tobacco and smoking treatment and blogs about living with cancer.

National Cancer Institute
This site provides a definition of lung cancer and information or links to information about treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, screening and testing, clinical trials, cancer literature, research and related information, and statistics. Información en Español.

American Cancer Society, Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer
This site gives an overview of non-small-cell lung cancer (the most prevalent type of lung cancer), signs and symptoms, history, prevalence and probability of diagnosis, economic impact of cancer, prevention, research, a cancer survivors’ network, the latest lung cancer-related news and more.

American Cancer Society, Small-Cell Lung Cancer
This site gives an overview of small-cell lung cancer (less prevalent type of lung cancer), signs and symptoms, history, prevalence and probability of diagnosis, economic impact of cancer, prevention, research, a cancer survivors’ network, the latest lung cancer-related news and more.

Cancer.net
This site provides oncologist-approved information about lung cancer from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, including risk factors and prevention, genetics, treating cancer, clinical trials, managing the costs, coping, survivorship, advocacy, cancer news, factsheets and videos, statistics and more.

Livestrong
This organization offers support for those affected by cancer and is engaged in programs and partnerships to increase cancer awareness and raise money for research. Información en Español.

Local Resources

Step Free from Tobacco Program, Health District of Northern Larimer County
This programs helps smokers begin a healthy, smoke-free life. The Step Free From Tobacco program offers group classes and individual support, as well as free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges as appropriate while participating. The program is staffed by tobacco treatment specialists. Six-week classes are held regularly throughout the year, and individual sessions are available at any time. Sliding fees are available for Health District residents who qualify.

Quitting Tobacco, HealthInfoSource
This HealthInfoSource topic provides links to websites of local and national organizations providing smoking-cessation programs and advice. It also offers general tips for quitting smoking as well as links to websites that address the specific needs of pregnant and teen smokers and smokeless-tobacco users.

Patient Navigator Program, UCHealth
The Patient Navigator Program is a free service of University of Colorado Health for residents of northern Colorado. Trained Patient Navigators are familiar with local and national resources for cancer and can provide support, information and guidance to patients and their families. To arrange a consultation, call 970-237-7700. The program also provides help exploring treatment options and offering guidance regarding complementary healthcare practices during treatment and recovery. Patient Navigators, however, do not give medical advice.

Cancer Care, UCHealth
University of Colorado Health offers a comprehensive cancer treatment program, and this website offers information such as a description of the cancer patient's care team, treatment options, clinics and support services.

RamStrength
A part of the Lubick Foundation, RamStrength is a nonprofit organization that supports northern Colorado survivors of all cancer types with financial assistance for basic needs, scholarships, programs and services.

Search for a Local Healthcare Provider
Search this site to find a cancer specialist in the greater Fort Collins area.

9Health Fair
The annual 9Health Fair, which takes place in several locations in northern Colorado, provides free and low-cost health awareness and educational screenings.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about lungcancer, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

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