Lung cancer forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. Mesothelioma is cancer in the tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs.
At Huntsman Cancer Institute, cancers of the lung and chest cavity are treated by a team of specialists, including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals. Learn more about our Lung Cancer Program.
- Stop using tobacco and avoid secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke causes most cases of lung cancer and is by far the most important risk factor. Harmful substances in smoke damage lung cells. That's why smoking cigarettes, pipes, or cigars can cause lung cancer and why secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer in nonsmokers. The more a person is exposed to smoke, the greater the risk of lung cancer. Learn more about quitting smoking and tobacco use.
- Learn about radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste. It forms in soil and rocks. People who work in mines may be exposed to radon. In some parts of the country (including Utah), radon is found in houses. Radon damages lung cells, and people exposed to radon over long periods of time are at increased risk of lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer from radon is even higher for smokers. Radon test kits are available for a low cost at www.radon.utah.gov. It includes supplies to do a 48-hour test for the gas as well as the cost of having it processed at a lab and receiving test results. Those without web access can call 1-800-324-5928. Learn more about radon from HCI's Dr. Wallace Akerley on The Scope radio.
- Avoid exposure to asbestos and other substances. People who have certain jobs (such as those who work in the construction and chemical industries) have an increased risk of lung cancer. Exposure to asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel, soot, tar, and other substances can cause lung cancer. The risk is highest for those with years of exposure. The risk of lung cancer from these substances is even higher for smokers.
When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, concerns about treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. You may also worry about caring for your family, employment, or how to continue normal daily activities.
There are several places you can go for support:
- Your health care team can answer your questions and talk to you about your concerns. They can help you with any side effects and keep you informed of all your treatments, test results, and future doctor visits.
- The G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center has hundreds of free brochures and more than 3,000 books, DVDs, and CDs available for checkout. You can browse the library, perform Internet research, or talk with a cancer information specialist.
- Our Patient and Family Support Services offer emotional support and resources for coping with cancer and its impact on daily life to HCI patients and their families.
- The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center offers many programs to increase the quality of life and well-being of HCI patients and their families.
For more information about lung cancer visit the National Cancer Institute
This information last updated on HCI website September 2014
Cáncer de pulmón se forma en los tejidos del pulmón, por lo general, en las células que recubren las vías respiratorias. Los dos tipos más importantes de cáncer de pulmón son el cáncer de pulmón de células pequeñas y el cáncer de pulmón de células no pequeñas. Estos tipos de cáncer se diagnostican con base en el aspecto que tengan las células bajo un microscopio.
- Dejar de fumar. Fumar cigarrillos, pipas o cigarros es la causa más común del cáncer de pulmón. Cuanto más temprano una persona empieza a fumar, cuanto más a menudo fuma y cuantos más años fuma una persona, mayor es el riesgo de cáncer de pulmón. Si una persona deja de fumar, el riesgo disminuye con los años. Aprende como dejar de fumar.
- Aprende sobre radón. Radón es un gas radiactivo que emana del uranio, una sustancia que se encuentra en el suelo y la roca. Inhalar demasiado radón puede dañar las células de los pulmones y conducir al cáncer de pulmón. Exposición al radón en el hogar o el lugar de trabajo es un factor de riesgo para el cáncer de pulmón.
- Evite exposición al amianto, el cromo, el níquel, el arsénico, el hollín o el alquitrán en el lugar de trabajo.
El Centro de Información del Cáncer es su lugar adecuado para obtener información gratuita sobre el cáncer. Estamos ubicados en el sexto piso del Hospital del Cáncer Huntsman.
El Centro de Información del Cáncer ofrece tres formas de obtener información sobre el cáncer:
- Llame sin costo a 1-888-424-2100 – oprima “2” para Español
- Visite nuestra biblioteca en el sexto piso del Hospital del Cáncer Huntsman
- Envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org
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Diseases and Conditions
Tests and Procedures
- Am I At Risk for Lung Cancer?
- Can I Get Checked for Lung Cancer Before I Have Symptoms?
- Can I Survive Lung Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?
- Do What You Can to Ease Side Effects of Treatment and Symptoms of Lung Cancer
- How Does My Doctor Know I Have Lung Cancer?
- How Your Doctor Uses Biopsies to Make a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
- I’ve Just Been Told I Have Lung Cancer
- Lung Cancer Introduction
- Making the Decision to Have Chemotherapy to Treat Lung Cancer
- Making the Decision to Have Radiation Treatment for Lung Cancer
- Questions to Ask About Treatment for Lung Cancer
- Stages of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Stages of Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Statistics About Lung Cancer
- Tests That Help Evaluate Lung Cancer
- What Are the Symptoms of Lung Cancer?
- What Can I Do If I’m At Risk for Lung Cancer?
- What Happens During External Radiation Treatment for Lung Cancer
- What to Expect After Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer
- What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer
- Advances in Early Detection of Lung Cancer
- How Lung Cancer Spreads
- Making the Decision to Have Surgery for Lung Cancer
- Photodynamic Therapy for Lung Cancer
- What Happens During PDT for Lung Cancer
- What Happens During Surgery for Lung Cancer
- What to Expect After PDT for Lung Cancer
- What to Expect After Surgery for Lung Cancer
- Medical Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
- Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea
- Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
- Breath Test May Spot Lung Cancer
- 1 in 4 Smokers With Gene Defect May Get Lung Cancer
- Abnormal Lung Scan May Be 'Teachable Moment' for Smokers
- Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers?
- As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall
- Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes
- Cancer Patients Prefer Care That Includes Their Input
- Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
- Chemo Might Give Certain Lung Cancer Patients an Edge
- Chest Radiation May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers: Study
- Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report
- Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk
- Cyramza Approval Expanded to Include Non-Small Lung Cancer
- Don't Exclude Cancer Survivors From Lung Cancer Trials, Study Urges
- Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014
- Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
- EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions
- Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice
- Experimental Drug May Extend Lung Cancer Survival, Study Suggests
- Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer
- Falling Cancer Death Rate Means 1.5 Million Lives Saved Over 20 Years
- Gene Tests May Improve Lung Cancer Care: Study
- Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection
- Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout
- Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening
- HIV Patients Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment: Study
- Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit
- Lung Cancer Diagnosis Takes Toll on Patients' Sex Lives, Experts Say
- Lung Cancer May Lie Dormant for 2 Decades
- Lung Cancer No. 1 Cancer Killer of Women in Wealthy Nations
- Lung Cancer Not on Many Women's Radar: Survey
- Lung Cancer Screening Can Be Cost Effective, Study Reports
- Lung Cancer Surgery May Be Safest at High-Volume Hospitals, Study Finds
- Lung Infections May Hamper Ability to Detect Lung Cancer
- Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening for Long-Time Smokers
- More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago
- More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC
- Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke: CDC
- New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes
- Number of Young Non-Smokers Who Tried E-Cigs Tripled in 2 Years
- One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds
- Opdivo Approval Expanded to Include Lung Cancer
- Possible Advance for Some Late-Stage Lung Cancer Patients
- Prisons That Bar Smoking May Boost Inmates' Health: Study
- Slight Drop in Rate of Advanced Cancers, CDC Says
- Smog Controls Tied to Fewer Lung Disease Deaths in N.C.
- Stem Cell Therapy Fixes Post-Surgical Airway Abnormality
- Stepped-Up Screening Would Uncover More Lung Cancers, Study Says
- Study Finds Link Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk
- Teens Who Prefer Menthols Are Heavier Smokers: Study
- Test Your Home for Radon: EPA
- Timing of Day's First Cigarette May Influence Lung Cancer Risk
- Tumor-Targeting Agent Attaches to Cancer Cells: Study
- U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds
- U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests
- Viewing E-Cigarette Use May Keep Smokers From Quitting
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