The lungs are a pair of cone-shaped breathing organs inside the chest. The lungs bring oxygen into the body when breathing in and send carbon dioxide out of the body when breathing out. Each lung has sections called lobes. Two tubes called bronchi lead from the trachea (windpipe) to the lungs.
The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. The types are based on the way the cells look under a microscope. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common than small cell lung cancer. 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 smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. and the number of deaths from lung cancer in women is increasing. 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 and Integrative Health 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 page last updated March 2016
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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Wallace L. Akerley, M.D.Locations
|Huntsman Cancer Hospital||(801) 213-4266|
Specialties: Lung Cancer, Medical Oncology, Metastatic Disease, Oncology
Sikandar A. Ansari, M.D.
Specialties: Lung Cancer, Pulmonary
Jonathan P. Boltax, M.D.
Specialties: Critical Care, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary
David A. Bull, M.D.Locations
|South Jordan Health Center||(801) 213-4500|
|University Hospital||(801) 581-5311|
Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Esophageal Surgery, Heart Transplant, Lung Cancer, Lung Transplant, Valvular Heart Disease
Leif Jensen, M.D., M.P.H.
Specialties: Cardiac Imaging, Computed Tomography - CT, Lung Cancer, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Pulmonary Hypertension, Radiology, Thoracic Imaging, X-Ray
Kristine E. Kokeny, M.D.Locations
|Farmington Health Center||(801) 213-6355|
|Huntsman Cancer Hospital||(801) 581-2396|
|South Jordan Health Center||(801) 213-4320|
Specialties: Breast Cancer, Genitourinary Cancers, Lung Cancer, Radiation Oncology
Ryan G. O'Hara, M.D.Locations
|Huntsman Cancer Hospital|
|University Hospital||(801) 581-8170|
Specialties: Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Interventional Radiology, Kidney Cancer, Liver Biopsies, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Lung Cancer
Shiven B. Patel, M.D.Locations
|Huntsman Cancer Hospital||(801) 213-4266|
|Veterans Administration Medical Center|
Specialties: Hematology/BMT, Lung Cancer, Medical Oncology
Chakravarthy B. Reddy, M.D.Locations
|University Hospital||(801) 581-7806|
Specialties: Critical Care, General Pulmonary, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary
Joyce D. Schroeder, M.D.Locations
|University Hospital||(801) 581-8699|
Specialties: Cardiac Imaging, Lung Cancer, Radiology, Thoracic Imaging
Dennis C. Shrieve, M.D., Ph.D.Locations
|Huntsman Cancer Hospital||(801) 581-2396|
Specialties: Brain Tumors, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Genitourinary Cancers, Lung Cancer, Pediatric Radiation Therapy, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Soft Tissue Sarcomas
Diseases and Conditions
Tests and Procedures
- Lung Cancer: Chemotherapy
- Lung Cancer: Diagnosis
- Lung Cancer: Early Detection
- Lung Cancer: Introduction
- Lung Cancer: Newly Diagnosed
- Lung Cancer: Radiation Therapy
- Lung Cancer: Risk Factors
- Lung Cancer: Statistics
- Lung Cancer: Symptoms
- Lung Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis
- Lung Cancer: Treatment Questions
- Lung Cancer: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Stages
- Small Cell Lung Cancer: Stages
- Lung Cancer: Photodynamic Therapy
- Lung Cancer: Surgery
- Lung Cancer: Managing Shortness of Breath
- Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
- Smog May Shorten Lives of Lung Cancer Patients
- Better Lung Cancer Survival? There's an App for That
- Black Smokers Less Likely to Get Lung Cancer Screening
- Can Certain 'Poor Carb' Diets Raise Nonsmokers' Lung Cancer Risk?
- Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?
- Could Statins Help Fight Cancer?
- Delaying Chemo After Lung Cancer Surgery? Better Late Than Never
- Do Too Many Lung Cancer Patients Miss Out on Surgery?
- Fewer in U.S. Smoke, But Smoking's Death Toll Continues
- For Cancer Patients, Pain May Rise as Finances Dwindle
- Free Nicotine Patches by Mail May Help Smokers Quit
- Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study
- Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer
- Liquid Biopsy May Help Doctors Track Changes in Tumors
- Lung Cancer Surgery Worthwhile for Older Patients
- Lung Cancer Survivors May Be Getting Too Many PET Scans
- Lung-Sparing Surgery May Boost Mesothelioma Survival
- Middle-Aged More Often Diagnosed With Late-Stage Lung Cancer
- Most Americans Support Rise in Legal Smoking Age
- New Type of Radiation Treatment May Up Survival for Older Lung Cancer Patients
- Racial Gap in U.S. Cancer Deaths Is Narrowing: Report
- Radon in the Home May Be Linked to Blood Cancers in Women
- Second, Unrelated Cancers Strike 1 in 12 Cancer Patients
- Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers
- Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix
- Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths
- U.S. Action on Climate Change Could Save Nearly 300,000 Lives by 2030: Study
- U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report
- Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients
- Weight May Influence Outcomes After Lung Cancer Surgery
- Xalkori Approved For Rare Genetic Form of Lung Cancer