See a health-care provider as soon as possible if any of the following develop:
Go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department if any of the following occur:
Following surgery for any operable lung cancer, there is an increased risk of developing a second primary lung cancer is present as well as risk that the original tumor will come back.
Palliative and terminal care
Palliative care or hospice care refers to medical or nursing care to reduce symptoms and suffering without attempting to cure the underlying disease. Because only a small number of people with lung cancer are cured, relief from suffering becomes the primary goal for many.
Palliative care may be given at home, in a hospital if home care is not possible, or in a hospice facility. Palliative care consists mainly of treatments to relieve shortness of breath and pain.
Lung cancer remains a highly preventable disease because 90% of lung cancers occur in smokers or former smokers. The best way to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke.
Screening for lung cancer consists of the following:
Overall (including all types and stages of lung cancer), 16% of people with lung cancer survive for at least five years. Survival rates tend to be low when compared to the 65% five-year survival rate for colon cancer, 89% for breast cancer, and over 99% for prostate cancer.
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