Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells in the lung. Tobacco use is the primary risk factor for lung cancer, but it can also be attributed to genetic factors, radon gas, asbestos, virus infection and air pollution including secondhand smoke.
The most common signs and symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing (including coughing up blood and chronic coughing or change in regular coughing pattern), and weight loss. Other symptoms include wheezing, chest pain, and fatigue, loss of appetite, hoarse voice, and difficulty swallowing.
Lung cancer can be suspected visually by a chest x-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. A biopsy will be done and if diagnosed, further imaging such as MRI or PET scans will be performed to deduce the disease’s extent.
If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, radiation therapy can be used in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Eastside Radiation offers the following treatment options for lung cancers: