Lung Cancer Health Topics

Featured Tests and Procedures
A lobectomy is a surgery in which a lobe of the lung is removed because there is a cancerous tumor in it. This eMedTV segment explains the anatomy of the lungs, what happens during surgery, and possible complications of a lobectomy.
A pneumonectomy is a surgery that removes lung, generally because it contains cancer. This portion of the eMedTV archives explains lung cancer, how to prepare for the surgery, what happens during it, and the possible complications that can occur.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
Lung cancer is a disease in which uncontrolled abnormal cell growth begins in the lungs. This eMedTV article offers an overview of lung cancer, including information about causes, types, and symptoms of the disease.
Non-small cell lung cancer is the more common of the two general types of lung cancer. This section of the eMedTV library discusses the specific forms of the non-small cell type and provides information about tests used to diagnose the disease.
Small cell lung cancer is a general type of lung cancer that grows and spreads quickly. This eMedTV article defines the three different types, lists possible symptoms of the disease, and explains how it is diagnosed and treated.
Featured Medications
Alimta is a type of chemotherapy used to treat mesothelioma and non-squamous, non-small-cell lung cancer. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this medication, including how it is administered, possible side effects, safety precautions, and more.
Doxorubicin may be prescribed to treat various types of cancer, including breast cancer and lung cancer. This eMedTV page offers an overview of this medication, noting its effects, the types of cancer it can treat, and some precautions and warnings.
People who have lung cancer or testicular cancer may receive the drug Etopophos. This eMedTV Web selection presents more detailed information on this medicine, including how it works, how it is administered, possible side effects, and more.
Gemcitabine is a prescription drug that is approved for treating several types of cancer. This eMedTV resource discusses how the medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers information on how to receive the injection.
As a chemotherapy medicine, Hycamtin works to treat lung, ovarian, or cervical cancer. This eMedTV Web page offers a complete overview of this drug, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and safety concerns.
Iressa is a medicine licensed to treat non-small cell lung cancer. This page of the eMedTV Web library features more details on this chemotherapy drug, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
By disrupting DNA replication, mechlorethamine can help treat certain types of cancer. This eMedTV page contains an overview of this prescription drug, including specific uses, how it is given, possible side effects, and more.
Navelbine is a drug licensed to treat non-small cell lung cancer. This part of the eMedTV Web site presents more details on this prescription chemotherapy drug, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Available without a prescription, Nicorette Gum is a medicine approved to help people stop smoking. This eMedTV page describes this product in more detail, with information on dosing, side effects, and what you should know before starting treatment.
Available without a prescription, the nicotine lozenge may help people quit smoking. This eMedTV Web selection takes an in-depth look at how the lozenge works, offers general dosing information, and describes some potential side effects of the product.
Nicotrol NS is a drug used as part of a smoking-cessation program. This eMedTV segment provides a detailed look at this drug, with information on when and how to use it, possible side effects, and important information for your healthcare provider.
Paclitaxel is a medicine prescribed for treating lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. This eMedTV resource describes paclitaxel uses in more detail, explains how the medication works, and offers general dosing information.
If you have an advanced case of non-small cell lung cancer, you may benefit from Tarceva. This eMedTV segment gives a complete overview of this cancer medication, with details on what else it is used for, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
As a type of chemotherapy drug, Toposar is prescribed to treat certain types of testicular or lung cancer. This eMedTV Web page features more details on this medicine, with information on how it is given, possible side effects, and safety precautions.
Xalkori is a medicine prescribed to treat non-small cell lung cancer. This page of the eMedTV Web site offers a complete overview of this chemotherapy drug, with details on how it works, dosing instructions, possible side effects, and more.
Featured Other
Asbestos is a group of minerals used in insulation and other materials (such as brake shoes). As this eMedTV article explains, frequent exposure to it can cause health problems, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Despite what many smokers believe, light cigarettes do not reduce the health risks of smoking. This eMedTV Web page debunks common myths associated with these cigarettes and explains how smokers tend to "compensate" when using them.
Studies on cigars and cancer have shown that even daily smokers who do not inhale are at a greater risk to develop cancer. This eMedTV segment offers an in-depth look at cigars and cancer, including information about the carcinogens in cigars.
Radon is a radioactive gas that usually exists at low levels outdoors. This eMedTV article discusses the increased risk of lung cancer that is associated with long-term exposure to high levels of radon, especially when combined with cigarette smoke.
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