There are several considerations involved in formulating a personalized treatment plan for a person with lung cancer. Cancer specialists identify the location of cancerous cells in the lungs, measure the size of tumors and determine whether cancer has spread to other areas of the body. These steps are called staging cancer. However, another important component in developing a treatment plan is identifying the specific type of lung cancer. In New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C. area, medical experts at Regional Cancer Care Associates are experienced in both diagnosing lung cancer and developing individualized treatment plans for people with lung cancer.
When abnormal cells start to grow and become cancerous growths, such as tumors, they are classified based on their appearance under microscopic observation. In lung cancer, these cells usually are classified into one of two main types:
A less common type of lung cancer also may be identified by examination of cell samples:
Treatment plans are based on the types of lung cancer found in the patient and other factors. The cancer care team carefully considers the type of carcinoma present, its stage, and factors such as the patient’s age and overall health. At Regional Cancer Care Associates, treatment plan options are always discussed with the patient. We also offer an integrated care approach, which provides supportive therapies for patients as they negotiate any side effects and symptoms during treatment.
Early detection is important for prompt initiation of lung cancer treatment, but the signs and symptoms of the disease may be easy to miss. If you note one or more of these symptoms, schedule a visit with a physician:
While most people with a cough, fatigue, or one of the other symptoms listed above will not have lung cancer, the symptom may indicate the presence of another condition requiring treatment. Rather than wait and worry – and potentially regret the inaction later – have symptoms evaluated promptly so that you can about the peace of mind and/or care you deserve.
Along with watching for signs and symptoms of lung cancer, people can protect their health by becoming aware of the risk factors for this disease. While the No. 1 risk factor for developing lung cancer is smoking (which includes smoking marijuana, as well as smoking tobacco), other risk factors also are important to recognize. They include:
For more information about lung cancer treatment options, the doctors at Regional Cancer Care Associates are always available for consultation. Make an appointment today to learn more about the comprehensive, compassionate care RCCA provides to people with lung cancer.
RCCA has 25 clinical centers conveniently located throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C., area. Make an appointment at a Regional Cancer Care Associates location near where you work and live today.