Diagnosis: Lung Cancer
You have just been diagnosed with lung cancer. The first thing you must know, and something you should repeat to yourself over and over, is there is reason for hope! Much is being done for people with lung cancer, and new treatments are being developed and tested every day. Of course, you may experience many strong emotions – it is part of the process of dealing with your diagnosis. But a key part of living with lung cancer is to learn the facts, to stay positive, to be hopeful, and to remember that lung cancer can often be treated.
Highlights of the 2011 World Conference on Lung Cancer
The 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 3 – 7 July 2011. The program drew together many lung cancer specialists from a wide range of disciplines from all over the world. More than 7,000 participants joined this unique scientific event.
Facing Lung Cancer
by Vladimir Lange, MD
“You have lung cancer.” These may be the most frightening words you’ve ever heard. You may feel scared, angry, crushed – or you may be in complete denial. The best approach you can take is to resolve, right now, that you will do everything you can to make sure your treatment is successful. So, where do you begin?
Your Guide to Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment
After a diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer, there will be a lot to think about. Your oncologist will help you decide the best way to treat or manage cancer. Lung cancer treatment planning is very complex, and there may be more than one treatment to choose from.
Living with Lung Cancer
A diagnosis of lung cancer is shocking and frightening. It is helpful to have an idea about what to expect, how symptoms will be managed, and resources to turn to for help.
Treatment Guidelines for Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Updated
New recommendations on the use of chemotherapy to treat people with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer have been issued by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Lung Cancer 101
After a person receives a lung cancer diagnosis, the physician and the individual will choose the most appropriate treatment option, based on the type and stage of that person’s cancer and his or her overall health. The oncologist will also consider what symptoms the person is having, his or her ability to carry on normal daily activities and need for bed rest, and the individual’s opinion about quality of life. All of these are important considerations in choosing the best treatments. The main treatment options for lung cancer are surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. New treatments are also showing promise.
Kicking the Addiction
by Linda Thomas, MS, CTTS-M
You have heard the dreaded words. You have cancer. Then comes the rush of emotions: fear, anger, sadness, hope. Inside, you feel a panic building, and your next thought is, “I need a cigarette.” A part of you rebels at that thought, but still you smoke. And as you smoke that cigarette, a war rages inside of you – one side wants to quit and the other wants to keep smoking.