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Valuable Lung Cancer Resources

The National Cancer Institute information for patients about lung cancer

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The National Library of Medicine
X-Plain teaching module for patients about lung cancer

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The American Lung Association Patient information about lung cancer

Lynn H Ratner MD
Paul A C Greenberg MD

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Not all tumors of the lung are cancerous. There are benign tumors which can grow to be very large. However, when cancer cell growth is detected on a biopsy, these cancer cells will continue to grow and expand. Lung tumors are divided into two classifications. They are categorized by the cell of origin. Lung cancers are classified as either small cell or non-small cell types. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. In determining a course of therapy it is important for us to accurately determine the current stage of the disease and the type of tumor as carefully as possible as well as the patient’s smoking history, as this will impact the ultimate result of therapy.

Overall, the treatment for lung cancer has improved in recent years. There are many modalities which are used to treat lung cancer, the mainstay of which is surgery. When a patient is referred to this practice, we will coordinate therapy with a pulmonologist, a thoracic surgeon and a radiation therapist, who are just three of the members of the multidisciplinary team to manage your disease.

Chemotherapy can also be used as well as more targeted therapies that have been recently developed. As we learn about the inner workings of lung cancer cells, molecular therapies have been developed which can be harnessed to supplement the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Whenever possible we will sub classify your tumors to determine if these other targets are present.

Ancillary treatments are also quite important to the physicians in this practice. Smoking cessation and lifestyle management and modification will be discussed in detail with the patients and their families. We will make every effort to involve family members in this complicated journey.

The outlook for lung cancer is improving all the time, and the follow-up of patients is quite important. We will coordinate this follow-up with the primary care physician and keep you in the loop about any new development in the treatment of this disease.

If you would like to read more about lung cancer, we have provided several links at the right to authoritative sources about the disease, its treatments and support. We want you to know that the doctors in this office and our excellent Oncology staff will be available to you at all times, supportive in all aspects of your care and we encourage your questions and input.