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Lung cancer - represents growth of abnormal cells in the lung. These cancerous cells attached to each other form a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. The benign are not dangerous they can be surgically removed. Malignant tumors can invade and destroy nearby tissues and organs, or extend to other parts of the body.There are many different types of lung cancer. The next two are the most common: Small cell lung cancer, which is the type most frequent (about 75% of cases). Small cell lung cancer.
- Up to a quarter of individuals with lung cancer may not have symptoms. These cancers usually are identified incidentally when a chest x-ray is performed for another reason.
Symptoms of primary lung cancer include coughing, Coughing up blood, chest pain and shortness of breath.
A new cough in a smoker or so former smoker should raise concerns for lung cancer.
A cough that persists or worsens over time should be evaluated by a doctor.
Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) occurs in a significant number of people who have lung cancer. Any coughing accompanied by blood is a concern.
Chest pain is a symptom that occurs in about one quarter of people with lung cancer. The pain is dull, painful and persistent.
Treatment for lung cancer can involve surgical removal of the cancer, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. As well as combinations of these treatments. The decision about what treatment will be suitable for a particular individual should consider the location and extent of the tumor and the patient's overall health.