- Q What increases my risk for lung cancer?
The main risk factor for lung cancer is smoking, with approximately 90 percent of lung cancers being caused by this behavior. A persons risk for getting lung cancer increases as the amount they smoke, and how long they smoke, increase. Other risk factors... Full Answer
- Q What tests are involved in staging lung cancer?
Dr. Patrick Maguire, OncologyThe standard laboratory tests for staging lung cancer include complete blood counts, serum chemistries including kidney and liver function tests. After pathologic diagnosis has been determined, lung cancer staging consists of imaging with computerized... Full Answer
- Q How does small cell lung cancer affect the body?
Small cell lung cancer starts in the lungs, where mutated cancer cells begin to form tumors. But like all cancers, small cell lung cancer can spread to any organ or area of your body; this process is known as metastasis. The cancerous cells are defined... Full Answer
- Q Can small cell lung cancer have any complications?
Horner syndrome may be a result of small-cell lung cancer, when tumors located in the upper chest injure a major nerve in that area, causing symptoms on one side of the upper body, such as shoulder pain, a drooping eyelid, smaller pupil in the eye, or... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my small cell lung cancer symptoms?
Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms that are unusual, painful, uncomfortable, or otherwise get in the way of your normal life. You may experience a wide variety of symptoms with small-cell lung cancer, but the most common are... Full Answer