From various studies we are registering that lung cancer one that causes many deaths compared to other types of cancers. These findings has made us to go back to the drawing board thinking of just is not being done right. We have just posted an introductory article about this in the previous article, and now we want to continue with its part two under the title “accepting the bigger picture of lung cancer”. In very few but informative words, we are going to be relying heavily on the vast experience of over two decades of practice attained so far by doctor Dalal Akoury who is also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center.
It was the wise decision of Dr. Akoury to create a medical center whose main and primary objective is to transform each individual’s life across the globe through increasing awareness about health and wellness by empowering them to finding their own inner healing power. This is great however like it is said our people are perishing because of lack of knowledge. We want this statement to be wrong by providing for that information to you. Remember that Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. Previously we were informed that cigarette smoking is the biggest culprit for lung cancer, and you can imagine how many people are out there smoking ignorantly of the dangers surrounding them. What shall we do? It is all about accepting the bigger picture of lung cancer in our lives and the society at large.
Take note that there are two main types of lung cancer:
- Small cell lung cancer is more aggressive, meaning it can spread quickly to other parts of the body in the early stages of the disease. Small cell lung cancer is strongly tied to cigarette smoking and is rarely seen in nonsmokers.
- Non-small cell lung cancer grows more slowly and is more common. It’s responsible for almost 85% of all lung cancers.
Being diagnosed with lung cancer can be a shock, and if it’s linked to smoking, you may feel guilty as well. But don’t waste time blaming yourself. Instead, experts suggest looking forward. It’s never too late to make healthy changes to your lifestyle. There’s evidence that patients who quit smoking after learning they have lung cancer do better than those who keep smoking. And remember that when we make reference to smoking we are actually talking about secondhand smoking as well. We have mentioned that smoking is the top cause cancer however it is not the only risk factor. Breathing in secondhand smoke at home, at work or in social places are also considers to be enough risk factors. This even put those who are married to smokers at risk of developing lung cancer than the spouses of nonsmokers by between 20%-30%.
Staging describes how far a patient’s cancer has spread. There are different systems for the two main types of lung cancer.
Small-cell lung cancer is divided into two stages:
- Limited means the cancer is confined to one lung and maybe nearby lymph nodes.
- Extensive means the cancer has spread to the other lung or beyond.
Non-small-cell lung cancer is assigned a stage of 1
When non-small-cell lung cancer is detected in good time before it spreads beyond one lung, a simple surgery can sometimes help. The surgeon may opt for removing the part of the lung that has the tumor, or where necessary the entire lung. Upon removal of the tumor some patients may be taken through radiation or chemotherapy (after surgery) to kill any remaining cancer cells. Nonetheless in situations like this surgery is usually not very helpful to patients with small-cell lung cancer because it probably has already spread at the time of diagnosis.
When lung cancer spreads too far to be cured, treatments can still help patients live longer and have a better quality of life. Radiation and chemotherapy can shrink tumors and help control symptoms, such as bone pain or blocked airways. Chemotherapy is usually the main treatment for small-cell lung cancer. This point is very crucial for us as professionals who are determine to make a difference. When we started, we stated that you don’t have to wait until you’re 40 or 50 to go for checkups. At AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, our doors are open for you in your twenties or even below that to start visiting for the regular checkups so that early detection can be done for effective and cost friendly treatment process.
Targeted therapies are a newer form of cancer treatment that can be used together with chemotherapy or when other therapies don’t work. One type prevents the growth of new blood vessels that feed cancer cells. It may help people with advanced lung cancer live longer. Other targeted therapies interrupt the signals that cause lung cancer cells to multiply.
Lung Cancer Clinical Trials
Clinical trials help doctors explore promising new treatments for lung cancer. And they help patients get comprehensive care. To see the current list of lung cancer clinical trials, visit the National Cancer Institute’s site. And be sure to ask your doctor if there’s a local clinical trial that might be right for you.
Some jobs can raise the risk of lung cancer in both smokers and nonsmokers. People who work with uranium, arsenic, and other chemicals should try to limit their exposure. Asbestos, which was once widely used in insulation, is a notorious cause of lung cancer. It is rarely used now, but workers who were exposed years ago are still at risk.
Risk factors for lung cancer are very many and what we have highlighted are just but a few. The list is endless and so you can schedule for an appointment with the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center for further deliberation. But in the meantime other known risk factors for lung cancer may include the following:
- Family history of lung cancer
- Drinking water that’s high in arsenic
Lung cancer does happen to people with no well-known risk factors including those who’ve never smoked. Researchers don’t know the cause yet, but lung cancer in nonsmokers appears to affect more women than men. And one type, adenocarcinoma, is more common in nonsmokers than smokers. Finally even as you consider consulting with the experts, it is important to note that like any other health complications prevention is always the best approach. The best prevention approach is don’t smoke however, if you are already smoking, then all is not lost, you can still get help o quit. The benefits of quitting are enormous. If you quit now the in just 10 years of quitting you shall have dropped the risk of lung cancer by up to 50%