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Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • 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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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 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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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 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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Nutrition for Lung Cancer Patients

Johns Hopkins dietitian Alison Atkins, R.D., provides nutritious tips to lessen the side effects from lung cancer treatment.

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Johns Hopkins Home Care

We provide high quality, individualized care for patients of all ages where you feel most comfortable – your home or community. Our services and equipment are designed to help you regain and retain a level of independence.

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