Lung Cancer Cause, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Information

A cancer, such as lung cancer, diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments of a person’s life. After diagnosis, lung cancer patients, family members, and friends are usually trying to understand and gaining some general knowledge, such as cause, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, on lung cancer.

Lung cancer cause, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
Lung Cancer

Most people carry out google search on lung cancer. As shown in the right picture, there are more than 54 million search results from the search of lung cancer. At the top of the page, there are four advertisements related to lung cancer, which don’t provide general information on lung cancer, but promote lung cancer relevant products and is not helpful in this connection. After advertisements, there are some websites related to the lung cancer. The first one in this search is the website of American Cancer Society. When entering the site, it shows that there are three types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, and lung carcinoid tumor, which again provides no meaningful results at this point. Apparently, the google search don’t provide lung cancer information we intend to know. It is also difficult to determine if the information is reliable and trustworthy.

We find that some top cancer hospitals provide informative and educational materials on lung cancer. Here we have Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, as an example.

Entering the Mayo Clinic lung cancer website, you see the following content in the symptoms and causes page:

  • Overview
  • Symptoms
    • A new cough that doesn’t go away
    • Coughing up blood, even a small amount
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Hoarseness
    • Losing weight without trying
    • Bone pain
    • Headache
  • Causes
    • How smoking causes lung cancer
    • Types of lung cancer
      • Small cell lung cancer
      • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Risk Factors
    Smoking leads to lung cancer
    Smoking & Lung Cancer
    • Smoking
    • Exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Exposure to radon gas
    • Exposure to asbestos and other carcinogens
    • Family history of lung cancer
  • Complications
    • Shortness of breath
    • Coughing up blood
    • Pain
    • Fluid in the chest (pleural effusion)
    • Cancer that spreads to other parts of the body (metastasis)
  • Prevention
    • Don’t smoke
    • Stop smoking
    • Avoid smoke
    • Test your home for radon
    • Avoid carcinogen at work
    • Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables
    • Exercise most days of the week

In the Diagnosis & Treatment Page, you see the following content:

  • Diagnosis
    • Testing healthy people for lung cancer
    • Tests to diagnose lung cancer
    • Imaging tests
    • Sputum cytology
    • Tissue sample (biopsy)
    • Tests to determine the extent of the cancer
  • Treatment
    • Surgery
      Lung cancer surgery: Wedge resection, Segmental resection, Lobectomy, and Pneumonectomy
      Lung Cancer Surgery
      • Wedge resection
      • Segmental resection
      • Lobectomy
      • Pneumonectomy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiosurgery
    • Targeted drug therapy
    • Immunotherapy
    • Palliative care
    • Clinical trials
  • Lifestyle and home remedies
    • Try to relax
    • Find a comfortable position
    • Focus on your breath
    • Save your energy for what’s important
  • Alternative medicine
  • Coping and support
    • Learn enough about lung cancer to make decision about your care
    • Keep friends and family close
    • Find someone to talk with

In these two pages, all information about lung cancer is described in a laymen’s term and is clearly presented. You should have most answers to your questions on lung cancer.  With these lung cancer knowledge foundation, you then may explore more specific areas of lung cancer, if you like.

Therefore, if you want to obtain lung cancer relevant information, the best way is going directly to the website of the top cancer hospital. All top cancer hospitals in US have extensive lung cancer program. If you don’t find satisfactory answers to your questions, try a website of different cancer hospitals. They all provide reliable and trustworthy information. Here are some of the top lung cancer hospitals:

  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston)
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (Boston)
  • Duke University Medical Center (Durham)
  • University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle)
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics (Stanford)
  • University of Chicago Hospitals (Chicago)
  • University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (San Francisco)

If you have comment or question about this article, please leave them below. I will come back to you.

23 thoughts on “Lung Cancer Cause, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Information

  1. Dear Anthony,

    Thanks for the detailed information. You covered it all, top to bottom.

    I feel it’s our responsibility and duty to inform and educate people about this and help them to avoid this big difficulty. As you know sharing is caring.

    Thanks for taking time and helping others.

    Keep up the Great work!

    Your Friend,

    1. Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your support. Information resources are important for cancer patient healing journey. As described in this article, the cancer hospital websites provide reliable and trust cancer information, which should prevent the potential confusion due to overwhelm internet information. You are right: sharing is caring, let’s sharing what we know to conquer the deadly disease.

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  2. Anthony, there is a wealth of information right here that can potentially save many lives! My father-in-law died of lung cancer and my mother passed away from the effects of emphysema. This is serious and needs to be taken seriously. I have other family members who still smoke, even after this family history. I would want them to be “scared straight.”

    Sharing this information is vital. If even one person were to stop this deadly habit, a life may be saved.

    Thank you, Anthony.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for your comments. There are huge amount information and knowledge on smoking, quit smoking, lung cancer and associated diseases. It is everyone’s duty to broadcast the healthy knowledge. With the knowledge, disease like lung cancer can be prevented.
      You are right that we need to share the healthy information, which saves life and improves quality of life.

  3. I loved the article. Well written. Thank you for your dedication for putting this article together. It’s very comprehensive article. I think you have all my questions answered. I will share your article on my facebook to help increase awareness. I a sure many people can benefit from this information.

    Thank you for your work.
    Looking forward to your next article.

    1. Hi Hong,
      Thank you very much for your support. Last month, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer. Even though I had medical education and cancer research experience, I felt that I didn’t have a complete picture on lung cancer. I did google search and it came out some information, and some of the information was controversial, based on my judgement. After many days research, I found that the major cancer hospital present clear, reliable and trustworthy information on lung cancer in their website as shown in this article.
      This is why I suggest that people should go to major cancer hospital website for lung cancer information.

  4. Hey Anthony,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this useful article on lung cancer. Cancer is a very dangerous and a deadly disease that no one wants to get near. Especially with that of the LUNGS.

    But I think if smokers are quitting this bad habit of smoking, they will save them selves some problems of having to deal with lungs cancer and other diseases that are related to smoking.

    1. Hi Stephen,
      You are right that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer. Every year, there are about 2 million death from lung cancer around world. You are also right that the lung cancer is preventable. Smoking is responsible for 90% lung cancer cases. This is why we establish to broadcast knowledge on smoking, quit smoking, and lung cancer, with hope of creating a smokeless world.

  5. There is a lot of great information here, and it is such an important topic.

    My mother was a smoker and it took a tremendous toll on her, but try as she might, she couldn’t quit. It was so frustrating. This was a woman who endured dental surgery without anesthetic, but still couldn’t do without her cigarettes.

    On more than one occasion, she was hospitalized for an extensive period– long enough to get through the symptoms of withdrawal– and yet she would take it up again once she was at home.

    You are providing information that can save lives and I think that is wonderful. I hope that one day we will see an end to smoking altogether.

    1. Hi Craig,

      Thank you very much for sharing your story.

      Quit smoking is a very tough for some smokers. Even today, I have a brother who is chain smoking (about 100 a day). He couldn’t even switch from tobacco smoking to electronic cigarette, since the electronic cigarettes don’t have the smell of the burning tobacco. Every time I told him that smoking is not good to health and he would reply that he would be happier to smoking than to live 5 year longer.

      He is 67 year old now and amazingly, he is healthy right now. I worry about him and some day he may have smoking related illness. Until that time, it seems to me he determine to continue smoking.

      We could provide information, but couldn’t force anyone to do anything, like quit smoking. With more information and knowledge, people will realize what is right and what is wrong. By the end, I an confident that we will have a smokeless world.

  6. So true Anthony. All the information in the world is worthless if a person does not have a desire to stop smoking. The bad thing is eventually smoking usually will catch up with a person at some point and it can be very fast. My father smoked for 54 years and was in decent health. Some breathing problems the last year. He died 19 days after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

  7. Anthony,

    Thanks for a well thought out post, with tons of important information. It was nice to see that you added alternative medicine to your list of treatments. I’m sure that route is taken by some patients.


    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for stopping by. To some extend, all cancer patients use alternative cancer treatment. For diseases like cancer, the intregrative approaches should be taken. Cancer patients should take advantages of modern medicine, meanwhile alternative cancer treatment should also be considered based on patients conditions.

  8. Hi Anthony,
    This is such great information.
    When I was growing up, it was considered cool to smoke. I did, as an adult, for about 15 years. I finally grew disgusted with the smell and gave it up about ten years ago. I only wish I had done so earlier.
    More and more people need to hear this information before they get caught up in this highly addictive habit.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and research.

    1. Hi Anne,
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story. Smoking causes about 90% lung cancer. Nowadays, smokers are fortunately have so many support program all over the country and also there are many less toxic or alternative smoking, such as electronic cigarettes, to choose from. I am confident we will have smoke free world soon.

  9. Reformed smokers are sometimes the biggest advocates of quitting. I have a friend who started when she was 8 and smoked several packs a day for many years. It is amazing she is alive! The great news is she is quitting…she is down to one or two cigarettes a day, mostly because of the throat discomfort of the cilia growing back. I am so proud of her. And thankful for your blog to end smoking!

    1. Hi Annie,
      Thank you very much for your support. It is never too late to quit smoking. Human body has very strong mechanism to clear bad cells, for example cancer cells. It takes a while for smokers to develop cancers or other healthy conditions. After quit smoking, smokers should also think about detoxing smoking effects, which should help prevent further disease development.

  10. Hello Anthony,
    Thanks so much for sharing this article. It is important to have information and correct information, especially when it concerns one’s health. Great idea to go to the medical sites for the information. I will most definitely share this article with friends and family.

    1. Hi Michelle,
      You are absolutely right that correct information is one the most important step to a healthy body. For disease like lung cancer, it is even more essential to have right information so that proper plan and treatment can be implemented. Thanks for sharing.

  11. This is a some good information Anthony, and this is why I these articles also. We have to spread the seriousness of this disease and the effects of smoking. Very well done.

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