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How Much Do You Know About Lung Cancer Treatment?

Test your lung cancer treatment smarts.

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QUESTION 1

Which is the most common type of lung cancer?

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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

By far, the most common type of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer, affecting 85 percent of patients. Non-small cell lung cancer occurs in three subtypes: squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.

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QUESTION 2

After a lung cancer diagnosis, quitting smoking can help in which TWO ways?

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Quitting is worth it.

Even after you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, quitting smoking has major benefits. First, quitting smoking may make cancer treatment more effective. That’s because quitting smoking helps the lungs return to normal, healthy functioning, which improves circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body and brings blood pressure down. Even better, getting the lungs back to a healthy state reduces the likelihood of cancer coming back, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance.

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QUESTION 3

How many stages of non-small cell lung cancer are there?

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Non-small cell lung cancer has four stages.

Non-small cell lung cancer progresses through four primary stages (although there are variations within each stage). In stage I, the cancer is located only in the lungs. The cancer moves past stage I if it has spread to other parts of the body. Stage IV is the most advanced stage: the cancer has spread to both lungs, the fluid around the lungs, and other organs near the lungs.

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QUESTION 4

What part of the body, besides the lungs, is affected by stages II and III of non-small cell lung cancer?

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Understand the lymph nodes

Only the lungs are affected during stage I non-small cell lung cancer, but a stage II diagnosis means the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. These vessels are part of the immune system and collect the waste and bacteria from the body tissue. Cancer cells spread through the bloodstream or lymph system, which is how they can end up in nearby lymph nodes. As part of treatment, doctors may remove all or part of the affected lymph node.

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QUESTION 5

Which of the following options can be used to treat non-small cell lung cancer?

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You have options

Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy are just three of the treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer. (Electrosurgery is a procedure used to treat skin cancer.) Radiation and chemo have been around for decades, but immunotherapy is a recent advancement in lung cancer treatment. Immunotherapy entails taking drugs that help the immune system recognize and target cancer cells that otherwise may “hide” as normal cells.

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QUESTION 6

Chemotherapy specifically targets and attacks cancer cells.

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Chemo is not a perfect target.

Chemotherapy indiscriminately attacks all rapidly dividing cells. These tend to be cancer cells, but they also include cells in the blood, mouth, intestines, and hair follicles, which also divide quickly. This is what causes common chemo side effects, like hair loss and mouth sores. Immunotherapy, on the other hand, can target and attack cancer cells with more precision, so there can be fewer obvious side effects.

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Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Jan. 3, 2018
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