Lung cancer is a term used to describe a growth of abnormal cells inside the lung - these cells reproduce at a much quicker rate than normal cells. The abnormal cells stick together and produce a growth or fluid. Doctors call this abnormal cluster of cells a tumour. If the abnormal cells first started growing in the lung, it is called a primary lung tumour. If the abnormal lung cells break off and travel in the blood or lymphatic circulation, they may start to grow in other areas of the body, for example bones. This new growth is called a secondary tumour or metastasis.
Is there a cure for lung cancer?
Yes, it is possible to be cured of lung cancer, but it is important to realise that there are many different types of lung cancer. Your treatment and chance of cure will depend on the following:
- Where in the lung the tumour is growing.
- The type of abnormal cells that form the tumour.
- If the cancer has spread to any other areas of the body.
- Physical and emotional fitness.
Discuss with your doctor which treatment will work best for you. Lung cancer treatments are developing all the time, although there is still scope for improvement. It is a common mis-understanding that surgery is the only effective treatment for lung cancer. This is definitely not the case and great care will be given to choosing the right treatment for you. Do ask why your doctors may have chosen one type of treatment over another. It is important that you and your family understand and are happy with the treatment being offered.
If you or someone you care for has just been diagnosed with lung cancer then it’s almost certain you will have lots of questions needing answers.
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