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 email@example.com
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*If you are interested in a trial that is currently marked *Not Open, please contact the Patient Education team at 1-888-424-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for other trial options. Enrollment is updated daily.
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Wallace L. Akerley, M.D.Locations
|Huntsman Cancer Hospital||(801) 213-4266|
Specialties: Lung Cancer, Medical Oncology, Metastatic Disease, Oncology
David A. Bull, M.D.Locations
|University Hospital||(801) 581-5311|
Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Esophageal Surgery, Heart Transplant, Lung Cancer, Lung Transplant, Valvular Heart Disease
Elisabeth M. Carr, M.D.Locations
|University Hospital||(801) 581-7806|
Specialties: Asthma, Critical Care, General Pulmonary, Lung Cancer, Medical Ethics, Pulmonary, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary
Kristine E. Kokeny, M.D.
Specialties: Breast Cancer, Genitourinary Cancers, Lung Cancer, Radiation Oncology
Julie Bylund Luckart, FNP, APRN, M.S.N.Locations
|Huntsman Cancer Hospital||(801) 213-4266|
Specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner, Lung Cancer, Oncology
Ryan G. O'Hara, M.D.Locations
|University Hospital||(801) 581-8170|
Specialties: Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Interventional Radiology, Kidney Cancer, Liver Biopsies, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Lung Cancer
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
- 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
- Big Cigarette Tax Hikes Might Prevent 200 Million Deaths in a Century
- Blood Test May Tell If Lung Nodule Is Cancerous or Benign
- Blood Test Shows Promise for Cancer Detection, Study Finds
- Breath Test May Detect Signs of Lung Cancer: Study
- CDC to Launch Latest Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign
- Chemo Might Give Certain Lung Cancer Patients an Edge
- Chest Radiation May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers: Study
- Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk
- Could Antidepressant Combat Lethal Lung Cancer?
- Could Antioxidants Speed Up Cancer Progression?
- CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
- Experimental Drug May Extend Lung Cancer Survival, Study Suggests
- Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer
- Experimental Treatment for Rare Soft-Tissue Cancer Shows Promise in Mice
- Gene Testing May Boost Lung Cancer Survival: Study
- Gene Tests May Improve Lung Cancer Care: Study
- Healthy Adults Shouldn't Take Vitamin E, Beta Carotene: Expert Panel
- 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 Not on Many Women's Radar: Survey
- Lung Cancer Surgery May Be Safest at High-Volume Hospitals, Study Finds
- Many Lung Cancer Tumors May Prove Harmless, Study Finds
- Much More Must Be Done to Lower Smoking Rates, Experts Say
- 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
- Possible Advance for Some Late-Stage Lung Cancer Patients
- Prisons That Bar Smoking May Boost Inmates' Health: Study
- Progress Against Cancer May Be Greater Than Thought
- Radiation Before Surgery May Improve Survival From Rare Lung Cancer
- Slight Drop in Rate of Advanced Cancers, CDC Says
- Smog Controls Tied to Fewer Lung Disease Deaths in N.C.
- Stepped-Up Screening Would Uncover More Lung Cancers, Study Says
- Teens Who Prefer Menthols Are Heavier Smokers: Study
- Timing of Day's First Cigarette May Influence Lung Cancer Risk
- Tobacco Myths Continue Half-Century After Landmark U.S. Report
- Tumor-Targeting Agent Attaches to Cancer Cells: Study
- U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline: Report
- U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report
- U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Continue to Drop: CDC
- U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds
- U.S. Panel Backs Routine Lung CT Scans for Older, Heavy Smokers
- Viewing E-Cigarette Use May Keep Smokers From Quitting
- Workers Need More Protection From Silica Dust, Report Finds
- Etoposide, VP-16
- Green Tea Extract