Smoking greatly increases your chances of developing lung cancer.
If you quit smoking, the health benefits begin immediately.
Some signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:
Non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer are the two main types of lung cancer.
Lung cancer treatment depends on several factors, including the type and size of the cancer, its location, and your overall health. Typically, several different treatments and combinations of treatments will be used to combat lung cancer. During treatment, a team of doctors may be involved in your care, including a radiation oncologist, a medical oncologist and a surgeon.
Radiation therapy, sometimes called radiotherapy, is the careful use of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer.
External Beam Radiation Therapy
External beam radiation therapy involves a series of daily radiation treatments targeting your lung tumor.
Radiation therapy treatments are delivered in a series of daily sessions. Each treatment itself is painless and will last less than 30 minutes, Monday through Friday, for several weeks.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend brachytherapy. Also called internal radiation, brachytherapy involves placing radioactive material into a tumor or its surrounding tissue.
During bronchoscopy, one or two thin plastic tubes called catheters will be placed down your nose and into the airways of the lung.
The tube or tubes are then connected to a brachytherapy machine. This holds the radioactive source, which is in the form of a ribbon with radioactive seeds. Your doctor slides the ribbon into the tube in your lung so the seeds are next to the tumor.
The ribbon will be left in place from a few minutes to a few days.
Patients often experience little or no side effects from radiation therapy and are able to continue normal routines.
Talk to your doctor about any discomfort you fee