Lung Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Lung cancer is a condition that causes cells to divide in the lungs uncontrollably which leads to the growth of tumors that reduce a person's ability to breathe. Symptoms of lung cancer include appetite loss, changes to a person's voice, such as hoarseness, frequent chest infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, lingering cough that may start to get worse, shortness of breath, unexplained headaches, weight loss and wheezing. Early diagnosis of lung cancer can be lifesaving because lung cancer cells can travel to other areas of the body before a doctor detects them in the lungs. If metastasis has taken place, it makes treating the disease much more difficult. Treatment for lung cancer depends on its location and stage, as well as the overall health of the individual. Possible treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and targeted therapy.