Lung cancer can be a frightening diagnosis, but knowledge is power. As a pulmonologist who has dedicated my career to treating this disease, I’m here to guide you through the basics and offer hope.
What is lung cancer?
Lung cancer is a disease where abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in the lungs, often forming tumors. These tumors can interfere with normal lung function, leading to symptoms like persistent cough, chest pain, and difficulty breathing
Types of lung cancer:
Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive form of lung cancer characterized by rapid, uncontrolled cell growth. Despite its quick progression, SCLC often responds positively to treatment, particularly chemotherapy. This cancer type is initially highly responsive to cytotoxic therapies, with up to 25% of early-stage patients achieving long-term control of the disease.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is a prevalent type that tends to grow more slowly than small cell lung cancer. With various treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy, NSCLC offers a broader range of interventions, allowing for personalized approaches tailored to individual patient needs and characteristics.
What causes it?
Common signs and symptoms:
How it’s diagnosed:
Lowering your risk:
Finding hope with Dr. Niranjane:
I’ve walked alongside countless patients on their lung cancer journeys. I’m committed to providing personalized care, cutting-edge treatments, and unwavering support. Together, we can face this challenge with strength and hope.
Remember: Early detection is key. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor and stay up-to-date on screenings.
Stay informed, stay empowered, and never give up hope.