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Lung Cancer

Lung & Sleep Institute

Pulmonologist, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in White Plains, MD

In 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 235,000 new cases of lung cancer will arise. With their extensive training in diagnosing and treating lung cancer, Song C. Chon, MD and Abbas Omais, MD, of the Lung & Sleep Institute in White Plains, Maryland, can help. Schedule an evaluation today if you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or are at a higher risk of developing it than others. You can book an appointment using the online scheduling feature or by calling the office.

Lung Cancer Q & A

What causes lung cancer?

Most cases of lung cancer stem from smoking cigarettes or from being exposed to secondhand smoke. Other times, lung cancer develops among men and women who have never smoked or been around cigarettes. Some of the other possible causes and risk factors include:

  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • A family history of lung cancer

It isn’t always obvious why some men and women develop lung cancer, especially if they do not expose themselves to cigarette smoke or secondhand smoke.

Are there different types of lung cancer?

Yes. In general, lung cancer can be broken down into two major types based on how the lung cancer cells look under a microscope. The first type, non-small cell lung cancer, is a broad term that includes several different kinds of lung cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. These kinds of lung cancer are classified together because they act similarly.

The second type, small cell lung cancer, develops almost exclusively in heavy smokers. Small cell lung cancer is less common than non-small cell lung cancer.

Does lung cancer have any symptoms?

As with most cancers, lung cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms until the disease is advanced. If you have it, you’re likely going to experience:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent new cough
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain and hoarseness

Many people living with lung cancer also experience widespread bone pain or chronic headaches.

Is there treatment for lung cancer?

Yes. Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais spend time going over all of your treatment options to determine what’s best for you, based on your condition. Your lung cancer treatment plan could include:

  • Immunotherapy
  • Palliative care
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Radiation therapy or chemotherapy
  • Radiosurgery or stereotactic body radiotherapy

In many cases, surgery is the best solution. In early stages, lung cancer surgery involves removing the section of your lung that contains the tumor. Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais can resection your lung to restore normal function.

Having a segmental resection means that you need a more significant portion of your lung removed. In advanced stages, you could need a lobectomy to remove an entire lobe, or possibly a pneumonectomy to remove the whole affected lung. No matter what your treatment plan includes, the team at the Lung & Sleep Institute support you every step of the way.

Book your lung cancer evaluation at the Lung & Sleep Institute by using the online scheduling feature, or by calling the clinic.