Posted in: Lung Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Being the second most common kind of cancer found in both men and women, Lung Cancer has become a serious concern. Most commonly caused by long term tobacco smoking, Lung cancer is also known as lung carcinoma which continues to debilitate the lives of many with an uncontrolled growth of cancer cells around the lung. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are sudden loss of weight, shortness of breath, chest pain and frequent coughing.
With more than 400,000 people who have been diagnosed with this type of cancer at some stage of their lives, it accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Harmful but curable at the same time, lung cancer can be mitigated if diagnosed at the earlier stages itself. Smoking profusely is one of the primary causes for the emergence of Lung Cancer. To treat lung cancer symptoms at an early stage, it is important to have knowledge about various stages of Lung cancer as it informs you about
• The position of tumor or cancer cells in your lungs
• The exact size of the tumor and the extent to which it has spread
• Whether your cancer is in the same area or whether it has spread out to the other areas
There are two kinds of Lung Cancer namely
1. Small Cell Lung Cancer
2. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Small Cell Lung Cancer- accounts for less than 20 percent of lung cancer, and is caused by excessive smoking by tobacco. This kind of lung cancer originates in the bronchi and gradually spreads to the other parts of the body. Small Cell Lung Cancer can be branched out into two stages:
i) Limited Stage - In this stage, the cancer is situated in one lung, but can also be found in the lymph nodes nearby.
ii) Extensive Stage - At this stage, the Lung cancer expands to the other lung as well as the other organs of the body.
Non - Small Cell Lung Cancer- The staging of this kind of cancer is decided by the TNM system wherein
(T) Denotes the Actual size of the Tumor
(N) Node Involvement - detects whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes surrounding your lungs.
(M) Stands for Metastasis - determines whether the cancer has reached to the other organs of your body like the liver, adrenal glands, bones, kidneys, and brain.
During the treatment, the doctor can stage your tumor with the aid of these aforementioned letters. At hospitals that specialize in lung cancer treatment, they also inform you about the size of your tumor in terms of centimeters.
At the Cancer Healer Center, an advanced therapy known as Immunotherapy is utilized to boost body’s immune system to target and destroys lung cancer cells.