Lung Cancer Term Paper

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Lung Cancer
Week 6 Term Paper for Professor Inglis
Kelvin Samuels

Introduction My topic for this term paper will be lung cancer. This topic was chosen because I have pass family who've lost their lives to lung cancer. I believe the best way to start is by defining the disease. We will then take a glance at statistics and risk factors for lung cancer. Next will look at lung cancer symptoms, staging and treatment, and finally I will draw my final conclusion.
I. What is Lung Cancer?
A simple and understandable definition of lung cancer is: A disease which consists of uncontrolled cell growth in lung tissues. Lung cancer consists of two types: Non-small cell lung cancer, and small cell lung cancer. "(NSCLC) is the most common type of lung
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) is the most common lung cancer found. Another form of cancer affecting younger woman and non smokers is (BAC) Bronchioloalveolar Carcinoma which is a rare form of lung cancer. The symptoms are the same as other lung cancers, and like adenocarcinoma it takes a long time to diagnose. Remember, lung cancer is insidious and the earlier lung cancer is diagnosed the better the prognosis, so know the symptoms of lung cancer.
III. Lung Cancer Treatment A. Lung Cancer Staging
Staging is the process of doing examinations and tests to learn the extent of the cancer; especially whether it has metastasized from its original site to other parts of the body. Lung cancer staging was developed by (UICC) Union Internationale Contre le Cancer and the American Joint Committee for Cancer Staging (AJCC). The staging system developed is called (TNM) staging system, which stands for tumor, node, and metastases. "The TNM system is used for all lung carcinomas except small cell lung cancers," (Isaac Hassan, 2009) which uses a different staging system. Before I go any further note that (NSCLC) makes up for 75% of all lung cancers, and since non-small cell lung cancers make up the majority of people with lung cancer in the US, we will concentrate on the staging process for (NSCLC). Staging provides a means to which different therapies can be compared to receive optimal results. Staging describes the extent of lung cancer in people. The elements of staging are:

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