Lung cancer occurs when cells in the body divide out of control. This causes tumours to grow. These can reduce a person’s ability to breathe.
Small cell lung cancer- SCLC grows and spreads faster than NSCL. This also makes respond to the chemotherapy.
Non-small cell lung cancer- 30% of these cases start in cells that form the lining of the body cavities and surface.
squamous cell cancer
large cell carcinoma
Mesothelioma is another type of lung cancer.
Used to detect lung cancer. Screening is with a low-dose CT scan.
Imaging tests- X-ray, CT may be used to find the lung tissue with cancer.
Tissue sampling- A healthcare professional may wish to take a biopsy to check for cancer cells.
chemotherapy - kill the cancer cells
palliative therapy, including pain relief, oxygen therapy