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Lung Cancer

What You Need to Know

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, accounting for more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer combined.

  • Lung cancer has three classifications: non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma.

  • Cigarette smoking is the most common risk factor for lung cancer, accounting for about 90 percent of cases.

Risk Factors

You might already know that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, but many other factors can also play a role.

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Prevention

Understanding the causes of lung cancer, prevention strategies and recommendations for early detection are powerful steps in lowering your and your family’s risk of the disease.

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Screening

Screening for lung cancer can be lifesaving. While screening procedures are still being evaluated, they hold great promise of stopping disease progression.

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Diagnosis

Lung cancer is diagnosed using imaging tools and various diagnostic procedures, including biopsies and scoping.

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Types of Lung Cancer

The most common types of lung cancer occur in the lungs, but some types of lung cancer also occur in other parts of the body.

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Stages of Lung Cancer

When lung cancer is diagnosed, it is staged according to a classification system that indicates where it started, if it is spread and where it has spread.

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Treatment

Treatment and prognosis for lung cancer can vary according the stage of the disease.

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Get to Know Your Lung Cancer Care Team

We offer a multidisciplinary clinic that allows patients to see multiple providers, receive education and be presented with a treatment plan, all in a single visit to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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Side Effects

Lung cancer survivors may experience side effects including anxiety, depression, radiation damage to the lungs, long-term neuropathy and hearing loss.

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Manage Shortness of Breath with Lung Cancer

Having problems breathing can be scary, but the good news is there are practical tips to prevent, manage and treat this common complication of lung cancer.

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Exercising with Lung Cancer

Cancer treatment can be exhausting, but exercise can help you combat fatigue and elevate your quality of life.

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Make a Health Promise

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. If you’re a smoker and have thought about quitting, do it now. If you’ve recently quit smoking, schedule a pulmonary assessment and a chest X-ray or CT scan. This can help rule out chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary nodules or lung cancer, or diagnose them early before other signs and symptoms occur.

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