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Introduction to Lung Cancer


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in American males since many years. Since 1988 it has became leading cause of death in American women as well. It is estimated that in 2004 about 173,770 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed and about 160,440 deaths will occur due to this cancer in the United States. There are two basic types of lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer (previously known as oat cell lung cancer) comprises of about 20% of all cases of lung cancer. All other lung cancer types are collectively called non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer consists of a heterogeneous group of lung cancer with mainly three sub types: adeno carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. Even though the non-small cell comprises of different cell types, they usually show a similar behavior and are mostly treated in a similar way. Following is a break up of sub-types of lung cancer. You may find detailed general information on lung cance below.

  • Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) -20 % of all lung cancers
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) -a total of 80% which is sub-divided in to the following subtypes
    Adenocarcinoma-40% of all lung cancers
    Squamous cell type-30% of all lung cancers
    Large cell type-10% of all lung cancers

Selected reading
  • Lung cancer blog
  • With Every Breath: A Lung Cancer Guidebook   (by Tina St. John, M.D.)
  • Pocket Guide to Lung Cancer   (by Marilyn Haas, PhD, APN-C.)
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Lung Cancer   (by Karen Parles, Joan H. Schiller )
  • Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Options   (by Lorraine Johnston)
  • Living with Lung Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Their Families   (by Barbara G. Cox, David T. Md Eloise Md)
  • Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts, Choices--and Hope   (by Claudia I., Ph.D. Henschke, Peggy McCarthy)
  • Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment   (by Walter J. Scott M.D. )
  • The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Small Cell Lung Cancer   (by James N., Md. Parker)
  • The Lung Cancer Manual   (by The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy Support and Education)
  • The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer   (by Icon Health Publications)
  • 21st Century Complete Medical Guide to Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma   (by PM Medical Health News )
  • New Hope: How Even Smokers Can Avoid Lung Cancer   (by Noel L. Griese )
  • What Is Cancer Anyway?: Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages   (By Karen L. Carney)
  • What You Really Need to Know About Cancer   (by Rob Buckman, Robert, Dr. Buckman, Robert Bast, Martin Nichols)

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