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This paper explains that the treatment of lung cancer depends on whether it is non-small-cell lung cancer or small cell lung cancer, which develop in different ways. In the early onset of the disease, the paper explains, sufferers do not display symptoms; however, as the disease advances, several specific symptoms emerge as it progress through its stages. The paper describes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation methods of treatment and underscores that lung cancer is not necessarily a death sentence.
From the Paper:"Non-small-cell lung cancer and small-cell lung cancer are assigned stages according to severity. In non-small-cell lung cancer, stage I refers to when the cancer is confined to the lungs, in stage II it is confined to the chest, stage III cancer is confined to the chest but with larger and more invasive tumors and stage IV cancer has spread to other parts of the body from the chest. Small-cell lung cancer has two stages, the limited-stage small-cell lung cancer. The limited-stage signifies cancer confined to the area it originated from in the chest while extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer has spread from the chest to other parts of the body.
"There are a number of treatments available for lung cancer including surgical removal of a whole lung or the area affected in cases where the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Surgery is dependent on the health of the lungs prior to surgery due to reduction in amount of lung available to use afterwards. This is only used in non-small-cell lung cancer which is less aggressive than small-cell lung cancer. Chemotherapy is another form of treatment used in treating small-cell lung cancer, although it can be used for non-small-cell lung cancer."
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