Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Q How can I prepare for an appointment for non-small cell lung cancer?
If you or your doctor thinks you have non-small cell lung cancer, you will need to see an oncologist, which is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer. Before you see the oncologist, make sure to ask about and follow any dietary or other... Full Answer
- Q What surgeries are used to treat non-small cell lung cancer?
Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer aims to remove diseased tissue, as well as a portion of the surrounding healthy tissue, to keep lung cancer from returning. Different surgeries may be used. A lobectomy removes an entire lobe of one lung. A wedge... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat non-small cell cancer?
There are currently two major classes of medications for non-small cell cancer - chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy. Chemotherapy is one or more drugs that kill cancer cells given to you through your veins or by mouth. Targeted drug therapy aims to... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for non-small cell cancer?
Alternative medicine can be used to supplement traditional forms of medicine in the treatment of non-small cell cancer. The goal of alternative medicine in cancer is not to cure the cancer but rather to reduce unpleasant symptoms of cancer and side... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of non-small cell cancer?
The symptoms of non-small cell cancer are a cough that does not go away changes to a chronic cough coughing up blood shortness of breath wheezing headaches chest or bone pain loss of appetite unexplained weight loss. Unfortunately, most of the symptoms... Full Answer
- Q What causes non-small cell cancer?
The major cause of non-small cell cancer is smoking -- approximately 85% of all lung cancer cases are from smoking. Cigarette smoke contains a lot of cancer-causing chemicals, and smoking brings the chemicals directly to the lungs. Although it is not... Full Answer
- Q How is non-small cell lung cancer treated?
The type of treatment you will receive for your non-small cell cancer will be dependent on the stage of cancer you have. Stage I lung cancer is when the cancer has not moved beyond the lung. Treatments for Stage I non-small cell cancer are surgery to... Full Answer
- Q How is non-small cell cancer diagnosed?
Non-small cell cancer is diagnosed after a number of increasingly invasive tests. Imaging tests, such as X-rays or CT scans, are generally done first, and they allow the doctor to see lesions within your lungs. Your doctor may also look at the mucus... Full Answer
- Q Is there a cure for non-small cell cancer?
Non-small cell cancer can be cured if it is found early enough. Unfortunately, many people will suffer a recurrence, meaning that the cancer will eventually come back. Usually recurrences happen within two years of the cancer being "cured". For this... Full Answer