- Q Is a cough that won't go away a sign of small cell lung cancer?
A cough that will not go away may be a symptom of several diseases, including small-cell lung cancer. Any persistent cough is serious enough to report to your doctor. By the time you experience symptoms of lung cancer, the disease may already be far... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for small cell lung cancer?
Several factors affect your risk of developing small cell lung cancer. By far the most important risk factor to consider is smoking, which accounts for 90 percent of all cases of lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell). Risk from smoking... Full Answer
- Q How can radiation therapy help small cell lung cancer?
Radiation therapy is a treatment sometimes given for small-cell lung cancer, usually together with chemotherapy. Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill cancer cells through two different methods: external radiation and internal radiation. In external... Full Answer
- Q Who is most at risk for small cell lung cancer?
Tobacco smokers are most at risk of small-cell lung cancer. Although most cases of lung cancer are diagnosed after age 45, diagnosis does not usually happen until symptoms are apparent, long after the cancer first developed. Moreover, the longer you... Full Answer
- Q Can small cell lung cancer be prevented?
By far the best ways to prevent small cell lung cancer are to quit smoking and reduce your exposure to second-hand smoke. Ninety percent of lung cancer cases have been linked to tobacco smoke, and people who live with smokers but do not smoke themselves... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat small cell lung cancer?
The only medications used to treat small cell lung cancer are chemotherapy drugs. These drugs are best for treating cancer that has spread from the lungs into other areas. Chemotherapy drugs are taken by mouth or by injection and treat small cell lung... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with lung cancer?
In caring for a person with lung cancer, it is important to remember the effects the disease has, both physical and psychological. People with lung cancer may need help accomplishing daily tasks such as preparing meals, getting dressed, or running... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for large cell undifferentiated carcinoma?
Alternative treatments for large cell undifferentiated carcinoma - and for lung cancer in general - have not been scientifically verified to be effective. Some studies hint that curcumin, a substance found in the spice turmeric, or large doses of vitamin... Full Answer
- Q How do I care for someone with large cell undifferentiated carcinoma?
Caring for someone with large cell undifferentiated carcinoma is often a very difficult and demanding experience. Even with treatment, this condition is frequently fatal, so it is important to provide emotional support to your friend or loved one.... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat large cell undifferentiated carcinoma?
Large cell undifferentiated carcinoma is not easily treated with medications. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe a course of chemotherapy to try to kill the cancerous cells that are invading the body. However, there is no guarantee that chemotherapy... Full Answer