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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The most common and frequent cause of lung cancer is due to tobacco smoking, although there are other causative factors that contribute to its development. Lung cancer is often suspected through patient risk factors and symptom recognition and it is identified through chest imaging. The type and staging of cancer is determined through various tests, and a late diagnosis is deadly. Delaying the diagnosis of lung cancer and the subsequent treatment will lead to an advanced or metastatic disease state with a poor prognosis. Despite improved treatments, the diagnosis of lung cancer is typically associated with a poor outcome and death, although treatments are available to improve a patient’s quality of life, including at later stages of disease progression.
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- Incidence and Prevalence Rates
- Carcinogens, Genetic Susceptibility, and Cancer
- Environmental Causes of Lung Cancer
- Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer
- Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
- Lung Cancer Staging
- Prognosis of Lung Cancer
- Treatment of Lung Cancer
- Palliative Care for End-Stage Lung Cancer Patients
- Case Study - Lung Cancer
- Identify the causes of lung cancer.
- Describe the signs and symptoms of lung cancer.
- Describe lung cancer staging.
- Identify treatment options for lung cancer.
- Describe the importance of smoking cessation to the prevention of lung cancer.