Any pain in the chest, side, or back; breathing problem; or cough that persists, worsens, or produces blood warrants an immediate visit to a health care provider.
Following surgery for any operable lung cancer, the patient has a risk of developing a second primary lung cancer. Following any treatment, the original tumor may come back.
Palliative and terminal care
Palliative care or hospice care refers to medical or nursing care whose goal is 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 of suffering becomes the primary goal for many.
Palliative care may be given at home, in a hospital if the patient cannot be cared for at home, or in a special hospice. Palliative care consists mainly of treatments to relieve shortness of breath and pain.
Lung Cancer remains a highly preventable disease because 85% of lung cancers occur in people who smoke or used to smoke. The best way to prevent lung cancer is not to smoke.
Screening for lung cancer
The American Cancer Society does not currently recommend routine chest x-ray screening for lung cancer. This means that many health insurance plans do not cover screening chest x-ray films.
People who smoke or used to smoke may want to have a periodic chest x-ray film anyway. They should discuss this with their health care providers.
Overall, 14% of people with NSCLC survive for at least 5 years.
How well the person with NSCLC functions can have a strong effect on the survival duration. A person with small-cell lung cancer who functions well has an advantage over someone who cannot work or pursue normal activities.
Complications of NSCLC
Complications of chemotherapy
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