100 Questions & Answers About Lung Cancer, Second Edition by Karen Parles

By Karen Parles

Empower your self! nobody with lung melanoma should be on my own of their struggle by contrast sickness. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Lung melanoma, moment version allows sufferers and their households to hunt our the simplest remedy attainable for early detection of lung melanoma. supplying either the health practitioner s and sufferer s standpoint, this e-book is an entire advisor to figuring out healing procedures, post-treatment caliber of lifestyles, resources of aid, and masses extra. via a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Lung melanoma, moment version, professional authors use their stories with sufferers to supply aid and wish to the tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals dealing with this affliction.

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Indb 29 3/9/09 12:51:07 PM 1 0 0 Q u e s t i o n s ╃ & ╃ A n s w e r s A b o u t L u n g C a n c e r Clinical trials Research studies involving people. surgeon who specializes in heart surgery or a general surgeon who performs all types of surgeries. Studies have shown that the complication rate is lower for lung cancer surgery when the surgery is performed by a thoracic surgeon. You should ask any prospective oncologist or surgeon what percentage of his or her practice is lung cancer �patients.

It is helpful to understand what each of these healthcare professionals does, and what role he or she plays in your Â�care. • Medical oncologist: a physician who performs comprehensive management of cancer patients throughout all phases of care. indb 26 3/9/09 12:51:07 PM in treating cancer with medicine, using systemic treatments such as Â�chemotherapy. • Thoracic surgeon: a physician who specializes in performing chest surgery. A thoracic surgeon may have performed the tumor biopsy that resulted in your lung cancer diagnosis.

Usually, however, the pathologist is able to distinguish a Â�non-Â�small cell lung cancer from Â�small-Â�cell lung cancer. Don’t worry if the pathologist cannot differentiate between adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or large cell Â�carcinoma—Â�in the past, we have generally treated all Â�non-Â�small cell carcinomas the same. More recently, however, there is data indicating that patients with squamous cell carcinoma may not respond as well to a type of chemotherapy called pemetrexed, or Alimta; although at the time of this writing that has not been definitively proven.

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