Miskawaan Integrative Cancer Care

Lung Cancer

There are several types of lung cancer. Each one requires a unique and personalized treatment plan that includes detox protocols and immune-boosting therapies.

Understanding
Lung Cancer

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A lung cancer diagnosis falls into one of two categories: small cell lung cancer  (SCLC) or non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

SCLC accounts for less than 15% of all lung cancer cases and almost exclusively affects heavy smokers.

NSCLC is a broader category of lung cancer with several subtypes. It spreads slower than SCLC and is often treated with surgery.

Lung Cancer Statistics

Lung cancer has long been the most dangerous type of cancer. However, the outlook is improving in the wake of medical advancements and decreasing rates of tobacco use:
  • 80-90% of all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking
  • In the US, the average age of a newly diagnosed patient is 70
  • Only 16% of lung cancers are detected during the early stages

Lung Cancer Causes

Smoking and secondhand smoke are responsible for the vast majority of lung cancer diagnoses. Cases in non-smokers may be related to other hazardous substances, such as:
  • Air pollution
  • Asbestos
  • Diesel exhaust

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Those who suffer from lung cancer often discover their condition after an x-ray or CT scan and before reporting symptoms. The most common manifestations include:
  • A persistent cough that may contain blood
  • Severe shortness of breath and chest pain
  • Persistent bronchitis or pneumonia infections

Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Chest x-rays and CT scans are the best tools for detecting lung cancer early. If one of these images reveals anything suspicious, the next step is to take a tissue sample for a biopsy. 

After that, a specialist will estimate how far the cancer has progressed and begin creating a treatment plan.

Lung Cancer Treatment

Oncologists who treat lung cancer make their recommendations based on whether a case is SCLC or NSCLC, the location of the tumor, and whether it has spread to other organs.

Surgery or chemotherapy is included in most treatment plans while more thorough programs incorporate detox protocols, immunotherapy, and lifestyle adjustments.

There are treatment options beyond surgery and chemotherapy

By treating more than just symptoms Miskawaan cancer specialists help you improve your long-term health.

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