Types of Cancer
Lung cancer begins in the lungs and is one of the most common cancers worldwide and the cause of the most cancer-related deaths. There are two main types of lung cancer.
1. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) represents over 80% of lung cancer cases. The growth is slower than small cell lung cancer. Adenocarcinoma is the most common lung cancer in this group and affects the outer portion of the lung. Tumors can also form anywhere in the lung or in the bronchi near the middle of the lungs in the case of squamous cell carcinoma.
2. Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)is less common but can grow and spread more quickly than NSCLC. Almost all cases of SCLC is a result of cigarette smoking.
What you should know
Evidence based research has all but confirmed the negative side effects of cigarette smoking which is a primary risk factor for lung cancer. Exposure to industrial chemicals, asbestos, or secondhand smoke can also increase one’s risk. Symptoms that are common may be hoarseness or shortness of breath, persistent coughing, coughing up blood, and frequent respiratory infections. The number one prevention for lung cancer is to avoid or quit smoking. Reducing overexposure to industrial or harmful chemicals and gases is also prudent.
Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are common conventional treatments for lung cancer which can be very aggressive on the body. Other less invasive therapies to consider include more innovative methods that include immunotherapies. Schedule a consult with our medical staff to better understand how Dayspring Cancer Clinic can help you with your therapy options.