Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. If you put pediatric cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer together it would still not equal the number of patients that have lung cancer. Though lung cancer is the most common type of therapy it is definitely not the most dangerous. There are a variety of ways to cure it now. There is surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted chenomic therapy. Surgery requires the removing of some lung tissue. Radiation therapy uses radio-waves to kill the cancer. Chemotherapy is the use of cancer killing drugs. As a result, chemotherapy is the therapy with the most side effects. Last but not least, is targeted chenomic therapy. This is kind of like chemotherapy but it uses drugs that can differentiate normal cells from cancer cells. It is a lot more advanced, but has side effects that could be lethal. In conclusion, though lung cancer is the most common there are a variety of ways to cure it.
Surgery is one of the most common type of way to remove lung cancer. It was the first type of solution because people didn’t have the technologies to do what they can do now.In surgery the surgeons take out the part of the lungs that have cancer cells infected in them. Surgery is an option for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). If surgery is possible it should be done. Since lung surgery is a very complicated operation, it should be done by a surgeon who has a lot of experience with doing lung surgery.Before the surgery, some pulmonary tests will have to be taken to see if the required amount of healthy tissue would be left after performing surgery otherwise the surgery could have fatal results. There are three types of lung cancer surgeries: Pneumonectomy, Lobectomy, and segmentectomy/wedge resection. Pneumonectomy is removing an entire lung. Lobectomy is when you take out a section (lobe) of a lung. Segmentectomy is when you take out part of a lobe. However, with surgery comes a lot of drawbacks. Imagine how tired you would be after running or doing any sports if you were missing a lung. Think about how exhausted you could be if you lung capacity was almost cut in half. There is also another way to do surgery called Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery. In this they cut through the skin and insert a tube that can send back live feeds to the doctors which use those to perform surgery on the patient. It is a better option than open surgery because it has less after effects and is more precise. For Pneumonectomy, they cut a larger slit through the skin to put in a bigger tube since they need to remove the entire lung tissue. Surgery is a good option but it has a lot of drawbacks.
The next type of cancer treatment is called radiotherapy. Radiotherapy uses radio waves to get rid of the cancer inside the patient’s body. However, though helpful it can also be dangerous if too much of it is taken. Radiation therapy is one of the most advanced type of treatment for lung cancer. There are two main type of lung cancer treatments. They are called external and internal radiation. External radiation uses a highly radioactive beam to and targets it at the cancer. It often has to be given in doses since it could be lethal if given all at once. This process usually taken a couple of months until the necessary amount of radiation is given. Internal radiation is when the surgeons insert a rice-size radioactive chip into the patient’s body where it gradually kills the cancer. Some people think that this is dangerous since it makes the patient radioactive. However over time the effect wears off and the patient is normal again. Though it is also is a good option it has drawbacks like having to stay in the hospital afterwards and always being cautious to not spread any radioactivity in the future.
The last but not least type of lung cancer treatment is called chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to fight the cancer. It is not used as a primary killer for cancer. It is used to ease the pain or kill remaining cancer that is left after radiotherapy and/or surgery. Chemotherapy is the cancer-killing technique that has the most side-effects. Since chemotherapy uses drugs it can be unpredictable. Chemotherapy’s side effects include the following: sickness, hair loss, nail loss, and iron depletion. There are many more but the list of side-effects is endless. There is a type of chemotherapy called targeted chenomic therapy. Unlike chemotherapy drugs, these drugs can distinguish between cancer cells and normal cells so it can be more efficient and safe in killing the cancer faster and more accurately. Chemotherapy is a good technique to finish a treatment, but as a primary treatment it is not as effective.
Lung cancer is becoming more dangerous. It has also spread around from smoking, secondhand smoking, and bad air quality. If it is not treated lung cancer can be very dangerous. However, in today’s world it is almost never too late and 77 percent of people make it through lung cancer. There are a variety of ways to cure it like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Though millions have lung cancer, well over half of the people are survivors and live to tell the tale. Lung cancer can challenge us but we can beat it with these new technologies.
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