November 18, 2017

Some facts about lung cancer

13 November 2017, 06:08 | Silvia Roy

Numerous signs for cancer are also the signs for other diseases, so communicating with your healthcare provider is key.

Sharon Savory, Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist at Leicester's Hospitals, said: "There are on average 500 plus patients a year diagnosed with lung cancer in Leicester and Leicestershire".

Karen McCrae is a lung cancer nurse specialist from Edinburgh.

. I was told that I would have, at the most, five years.

"We wanted to ramp up the awareness this year and make it an event and try to break the stigma about lung cancer", she said.

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Tying in with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Mercy Health Springfield Regional Cancer Center will "Shine a Light on Lung Cancer" with a free dinner and discussion event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Center, 148 W. North St.

The doctors will discuss how to raise awareness about lung cancer and early detection, the local lung cancer screening program and the evolution of targeted cancer therapies that are now available to treat lung cancer.

There's also the chance to have a conversation with a nurse and the Cancer Research UK team can put people in touch with other health services in their area such as stop smoking services, which are the most effective way to stop smoking.

"Lung cancer is absolutely rubbish, because it takes such a long time for any signs of symptoms to present themselves".

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"The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades", said Rita Redaelli, executive director of the American Lung Association in San Diego.

As for me, I thought I was having a heart attack. So it's a very hard thing to diagnose.

The clinical nursing specialist said lung cancer struggled to get the funding more "glamorous" types of cancer received that did not have any kind of stigma attached. "The unanimity of lung cancer and smoking supports the perception that the patient's behavior caused the illness, which may not be the case".

"Ideally we would love it to be on the same par as breast cancer, as prostate cancer - all these kind of things".

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The high death rates associated with lung cancer are partially due to the fact that it is notoriously hard to treat. "It's non-specific things that people would go along to their GP with".

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