Lung (Thoracic) Cancer

Overview

Lung cancer refers to cancer that originates in the lungs, and it is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women. People who smoke are at the highest risk for developing lung cancer.

Symptoms

Like many types of cancer, lung cancer rarely produces symptoms in its early stages. Once symptoms do appear, they can include shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest pain, a persistent cough, and unexplained weight loss.

Diagnosis

If your doctor suspects you may have lung cancer, he will order imaging tests such as an X-ray or a CT scan. He may also order a biopsy where a sample of your lung tissue will be collected for further examination in a lab.

Treatment

If the presence of cancer is confirmed in the lung, it will then be staged to see how far along it has advanced. Your doctor will then work with a team of cancer specialists to develop an individualized treatment plan that is ideal for you and your specific type and stage of cancer. Your treatment plan might include surgery that ranges from removing a small portion of the lung to removing the entire lung, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, medications, and immunotherapy.

Outcome

While lung cancer is one of the more difficult cancers to beat, it is possible, and survival rates increase if the cancer is found early. Stopping smoking decreases your risk for lung cancer, even if you’ve smoked for many years. Quitting will have immediate positive effects on your health.

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Nurse Navigator

Wendy Thibodeau
Wendy Thibodeau, R.N., M.S.N., O.C.N.
Lung, Genitourinary, Hematology/Oncology Nurse Navigator
Phone: 860-692-8455
Email: wthibodeau@uchc.edu
Fax: 860-676-3434

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Omar Ibrahim
Omar Ibrahim, M.D.
Critical Care Medicine
Interventional Pulmonary
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
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