Lung cancer is caused when groups of abnormal cells grow in the lungs. These groups of cells are called tumors, and as they grow, they destroy the healthy lung tissue around them, which makes it more difficult for the lungs to function properly. Because we inhale so many different chemicals in our day to day lives, lung cancers are more likely to change, or mutate, than other types of cancer.

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis can cause a wide variety of emotions. From fear of the unknown to concerns about what treatment might look like.

There are two main kinds of lung cancer: small cell and non-small cell. Small cell lung cancer is less common, and is almost always associated with smoking. Non-small cell lung cancer is more common, and is named based on where in the lung it is found. There is also a third, much less common type of lung cancer, called carcinoid lung cancer. Lung cancer is considered more dangerous than other types of cancer because its symptoms often are not noticed until the cancer has spread to other areas of the body, which makes it more difficult to treat.


Medicare and other insurances have now approved annual screening for lung cancer in select groups of patients. Screening for lung cancer is especially important, since diagnosis of lung cancer in its early stages helps patients receive successful treatment.


To learn about lung cancer screening, if you have received a diagnosis of lung cancer, or if you have reason to suspect lung cancer, contact Dr. Rahul Kakkar at Prana Health. With his years of experience in treating pulmonary disease, he will be able to help coordinate your care and get the best treatment possible. Contact us today for an appointment.

Prana Health is here to help you understand your diagnosis and create a treatment plan that works for you.