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Martina Feichter

Martina Feichter studied biology in Innsbruck with an optional subject in pharmacy and also immersed herself in the world of medicinal plants. From there it was not far to other medical topics that still captivate her today. She trained as a journalist at the Axel Springer Academy in Hamburg and has been working for lifelikeinc.com since 2007 - first as an editor and since 2012 as a freelance author.

More about the lifelikeinc.com expertslung cancer (Bronchial carcinoma) is one of the most common cancers in Germany. The most important risk factor is smoking. Passive smoking can also lead to lung cancer. The malignant tumor can be treated in a variety of ways, including chemo and surgery. Nevertheless, lung cancer is rarely curable. Read all important information about lung cancer here!

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  • sign
  • stadiums
  • treatment
  • Small cell bronchial carcinoma
  • Non-small cell lung carcinoma
  • causes
  • investigations
  • Disease course and prognosis
  • Life expectancy

Lung cancer: short overview

  • symptoms: at first often no or only nonspecific symptoms such as persistent cough, chest pain and fatigue. Later, symptoms such as shortness of breath, mild fever, severe weight loss and bloody sputum may be added.
  • Main forms of lung cancer: Most common is non-small cell lung cancer (with adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma etc). Less common but more aggressive is small cell lung cancer.
  • Causes: Especially smoking. Other risk factors include asbestos, arsenic compounds, radon, a high level of pollutants in the air and a low-vitamin diet.
  • investigations: Chest X-ray (chest X-ray), computed tomography (CT), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging, MRI), examination of tissue samples (biopsies), positron emission tomography (usually in combination with CT as FDG-PET / CT), blood tests, examination the ejection, examination of the "lung water" (pleural function)
  • Therapy options: Surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy.
  • Forecast: Lung cancer is usually recognized late and is therefore rarely curable.
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Lung cancer: signs

Lung cancer (lung carcinoma) causes at first often no or only nonspecific complaints, These include fatigue, to cough or Chest pain, But such complaints can also have many other causes, such as a cold or bronchitis. Therefore, lung cancer is often not recognized in early stages. That makes the therapy more difficult.

More pronounced signs cause lung cancer when it is already advanced. Then, for example Rapid weight loss, bloody sputum and shortness of breath occur.

Does the lung cancer already have daughter relatives (metastases) formed in other parts of the body come mostly other symptoms added. For example, metastases in the brain can damage the nerves. Possible consequences include headache, nausea, visual and balance disorders or even paralysis. If the cancerous cells have attacked the bones, arthrosis-like pain can occur.

Read more about the different signs of lung cancer in the article Lung Cancer: Symptoms.

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